Distillery Fined After Warehouse Collapse


BARDSTOWN, Ky. — A Kentucky distillery is being fined for being slow to report a whiskey spill caused by the collapse of a warehouse.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is fining Sazerac Co. Inc. for not notifying state officials in a timely manner of the whiskey spill caused by the June 22 collapse of a barrel warehouse at the Barton 1792 Distillery, according to the Associated Press. Despite efforts by the distillery, whiskey flowed into a nearby stream and river, killing about 800 fish, AP reported.

About half of the 18,000 barrels stored in Barrel Warehouse #30 were affected when one side of the warehouse collapsed, according to a statement from Sazerac. No one was inside the warehouse, which was built in the 1940s, and there were no injuries.

“We are assessing how many of the impacted barrels can be recovered,” stated Sazerac spokesperson Amy Preske. “A mix of various distilled products at various ages were stored in that warehouse. At this time we do not know which Barton 1792 brands or customers will be impacted.”

She stated the warehouse incident will not affect normal operations or tourism, and bourbon production will resume once the distillery’s annual summer shutdown ends.