Rickhouse Collapses At Bardstown Distillery

Posted at 12:10 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 12:10:00-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/LEX 18) — Emergency officials say a large section of a bourbon storage warehouse has collapsed at a distillery in Kentucky.

Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding says about 9,000 barrels filled with aging bourbon were affected Friday at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown.

Spalding says there were no injuries inside the structure, which was holding about 20,000 barrels.

He says there’s a large pile of barrels where the collapse occurred and officials are trying to determine if any whiskey spilled.

Spalding says about half of the structure is still standing. He also said, during a press conference, that there were no strong storms in the area during the collapse.

The distillery is owned by Sazerac. Company spokeswoman Amy Preske says the company is assessing the damage and declined further comment.