Nicholasville-based Alltech will break ground on Thursday on a new $13 million brewery and distillery in Pikeville. The Dueling Barrels Brewing & Distilling Co. will be on Hambley Boulevard next to the Jenny Wiley Theatre.
The distillery, which is expected to open in the spring of 2017, will represent a sophisticated moonshine distillery with a visitor's center that will celebrate Appalachian history and the role of moonshine.
The story of the warring clans, the Hatfields and McCoys, will be part of the marketing strategy, along with the region's music heritage.
Using copper pot stills, the facility will produce Dueling Barrels Moonshine, and eventually Dueling Barrels Bourbon, and Pikeville Ale.
"With Alltech's global reach, it is expected that Dueling Barrels' beer, whiskey and moonshine, all from Eastern Kentucky, will go to the global market by the end of next year," said Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. "It is also our hope that Dueling Barrels will extend the Kentucky Bourbon Trail into Eastern Kentucky, bringing visitors, tourism dollars and international publicity with it. If Dueling Barrels is added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour by the Kentucky Distillers Association, it would become the first and only stop east of Lexington."
In July 2014, Deirdre Lyons, co-founder of Alltech, said the company also is planning an Eastern Kentucky poultry facility, which will cost $3 million to $5 million and an aquaculture facility, to cost about $8 million to $10 million.
The projects were announced as part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiatives with Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset.
The projects are expected to bring a significant number of jobs to the area, especially if tourism is successful.
This will be Alltech's fifth brewing or distilling facility. The private company owns a brewery and distillery in Lexington, is building a distillery in Dublin, and just bought two craft brewers in Northern Ireland and Cumbria.