Heaven Hill Distillery, Governor Beshear to dedicate new rickhouse Feb. 16

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Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. will cut the ribbon and roll in the first barrel of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey into Rickhouse “J” — the latest addition of a nearly $5 million expansion of the company’s barrel storage capacity. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is scheduled to join Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira and other senior executives for the ceremony, and will make brief remarks regarding the Bourbon industry and Heaven Hill’s growth.

The event will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bourbon Heritage Center, 1311 Gilkey Run Road. The ceremony will be at the new warehouse. Shuttle service from the Heritage Center will be provided.

Heaven Hill, the largest independent family-owned and -operated bourbon distiller and distilled spirits producer in the United States, recently filled the company’s 6 millionth barrel, only the second continuously operated distillery in the country ever to do so.  Heaven Hill will require the new warehouse space for its growing inventory of approximately 900,000 aging barrels, the second largest in the world. In 2010, for the first time in the company’s history, Heaven Hill produced more barrels than any in the industry.