Lux Row Distilleries | Expanding to meet demand
When St. Louis-based Luxco sought the ideal spot to start Lux Row Distillers, it also chose a location served by a Kentucky electric cooperative, Salt River Electric.
Founded in 1958, Luxco is a leading spirits producer, bottler, importer and marketer. In 2015, the company began a joint partnership at Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon. In 2018, it debuted its first wholly-owned bourbon distillery, Lux Row Distillers in Bardstown.
Only four years later, the distillery is undergoing a $4 million expansion, enabling it to operate 24 hours per day and increase its capacity by 75%. With 10 barrel warehouses at capacity, 18,000 square feet and a 43-foot custom copper still, Lux Row will have the ability to distill more than 50,000 barrels of whiskey annually when the expansion is fully complete later this year.
“Lux Row Distillers broke ground nearly six years ago as a result of our company’s desire to grow our brands and service our needs on our terms,” says Lux Row Master Distiller John Rempe. “Expansion of our facilities represents the next chapter in our evolution as we continue to fill the growing demand for our products. I’m truly excited to see what possibilities open up when expansion is completed.”
The distillery remains fully operational throughout construction. Since all work is “back of house,” the expansion efforts are not affecting tours or other aspects of the guest experience at the end of the long, tree-lined driveway on the 70-acre property.
Though the distillery is new, it is home to several iconic bourbon brands, including Ezra Brooks and Rebel. Visitors can choose from several production tours and tastings while keeping an eye out for peacocks that roam the grounds.