Danville getting first legal distillery


Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky city is expecting its first legal distillery to begin operating later this year.

The Advocate-Messenger (bit.ly/WdmFEX) reports Wilderness Trace Distillery plans to open on Sept. 1. It will be a division of Ferm Solutions, which is a Danville-based research and engineer fermenting company.

"We carefully selected a name that would bring a sense of tradition and connection to Danville," Chief Executive Officer Shane Baker said.

He said the small operation will be a craft distillery, and will focus more on quality than quantity.

"We're not worried about making a lot of product," he said. "We're just interested in making the best."

He said plans include distilling vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey in a sweet mash process that is expensive and time consuming. He said the company's "Wilderness Trace Bourbon" and "Kentucky Blue Vodka" will be among the purest in the industry.

For instance, Baker said Greygoose vodka is distilled four times, but Wilderness Trace plans to distill its product 17 times, which will make a "very unique" product.

He said the distillery will also offer a once-a-year "heart-cut vodka" that is distilled 34 times.

He said products won't be available as soon as the distillery opens because the project has to age about four years. However, he said the company plans to put some product in smaller barrels at first to cut the aging process so that it might be available in about five months.

Tours of the distillery will be offered to the public and Baker said it would give them a different perspective.

"It will be more focused on the process of alcohol making as opposed to traditional distillery visits," he said.

The company also plans to produce "Danville's Rye Whiskey" annually to honor the city.

"It should bring a sense of pride and tradition to what everybody associates Kentucky with," said Baker.


Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews