It isn't every day you see a grand new distillery built in the United States. It is true that a lot of craft distilleries are popping up around the country, but they rarely have the capital to open a large scale operation in the vein of ones seen in Kentucky's bourbon country. It is precisely in that region that spirits giant Diageo recently announced plans to drop $115 million over three years on a new whiskey operation.
Plans call for Diageo to build a 1.8 million proof gallon (750,000 9-liter cases) distillery and six barrel storage warehouses in Shelby County, Kentucky, which will be used to distill and age "a number of current and future Diageo bourbon and North American Whiskey brands." 300 acres are being purchased for this build out, and once all is said and done it is expected around 30 people will be employed for making and aging whiskey there.
Diageo, which owns well known American whiskey brands such as Bulleit and George Dickel, aims to blend the distillery in with the surrounding countryside. 100 acres of land around the property, for example, will act as a natural buffer to site operations.
If all goes according to schedule, the as yet unnamed distillery should be operational in late 2016. It isn't clear at this point when whiskey produced there will first be made available to the public.