A recent big announcement in Kentucky as Blue Run Spirits will locate a new whiskey operation in the city of Georgetown with a $51-million investment.
“Our state’s bourbon industry continues to build momentum and reach new heights,” said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, in a prepared statement. “This investment by Blue Run Spirits is a welcome addition to the Georgetown and Scott County community and the Kentucky bourbon and tourism scene.”
The project will include a 35,000-square-foot distillery and a 20,000-square-foot rickhouse and will serve as the company’s first “vertically integrated distilling operation” and future headquarters.
Project leaders explained that the capital investment will go toward the purchase of distilling equipment, site acquisition and construction costs, as well as other startup-related expenditures.
The investment is slated to create 45 full-time jobs for local residents, including operations and administrative positions.
“When we started Blue Run Spirits in October of 2020, we never imagined a distillery would be in our future, but our unprecedented growth has deemed that a necessity, which is an incredibly exciting prospect for our entire team,” said Blue Run Spirits CEO and co-founder Mike Montgomery. “The generous support of the commonwealth is making this a reality. We look forward to becoming a dynamic contributor to the economic vibrancy of Scott County and Georgetown and deepening our connection to an area so significant in the rich history and the promising future of bourbon in Kentucky.”
Blue Run Spirits was founded in 2020 and its portfolio has 10 bourbons and rye whiskies. They plan to make five times the whiskey production of 2021 this year, with sales projected at approximately $15 million.
Scott County Judge/Executive Joe Covington said that having the first distillery established in Scott County since prohibition based in Georgetown, the hometown of Elijah Craig and the birthplace of bourbon, is a significant milestone for the entire commonwealth of Kentucky, particularly the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
“We can’t thank Blue Run Spirits enough for selecting this location to build the foundation for their very promising future,” he said.
For more information on Blue Run Spirits and the big investment, check out www.bluerunspirits.com.