Remainder of Barton 1792 Distillery Collapses

On top of the already unfortunate initial collapse of a warehouse at Sazerac’s Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, the remainder of warehouse #30 has given away.  Now, the warehouse remains as a pile of wood and barrels among the beautiful distillery grounds.  Luckily, no injuries were reported in either collapse.

After the first collapse in June, Sazerac commented that the fallen warehouse, constructed in the 1940s, was stocked with approximately 18,000 barrels of aging spirits, which was made up of mostly Bourbon and Brandy (Bourbon on the upper floors & Brandy on the lower).  Nearly half the barrels in the warehouse were affected by the first collapse.  As seen in the below drone footage brought to us by wave3news, the entirety of warehouse #30 is now demolished, making the recovery and cleanup efforts even more difficult, and the loss of more Bourbon inescapable.

Mark Gillespie of Whisky Cast reported that the whiskey spilled out of destroyed barrels during the second collapse was contained within two containment ponds that were produced after the first collapse in late June after recovery and preventative plans were developed.

The initial collapse stirred up a lot of local and environmental concerns and efforts, as thousands of gallons of spirits made their way into nearby rivers and streams, killing more than 1,000 fish and other aquatic species.

The cause of the primary collapse is still yet to be determined, and according to the Bardstown fire department, the cause may not be known for several weeks, or after much investigation.  It is still unknown how many barrels can be salvaged from the collapse.


Photo courtesy of Bardstown Fire Department

2 thoughts on “Remainder of Barton 1792 Distillery Collapses

  1. Only had the chance to sample a 1792 Small Batch at a Blind Bourbon Tasting for 4th July and found the high rye mashbill a delight.
    Big loss of some tasty whiskey.

    • Hi, Whisky Nut! It is one of my brother’s favorite go-to Bourbons. Good juice indeed, and definitely a big loss. Hopefully the rest of the distilleries take action to ensure their warehouses are secure and stable

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