FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- During a ceremony in Pikeville Wednesday, Governor Matt Bevin congratulated Alltech and Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery on opening its $15 million operation in Pikeville and the creation of 13 full-time jobs.
The project included the construction of a nearly 30,000-square-foot facility and the purchase and installation of equipment, such as 19 fermenters and three copper pot stills. The 13 jobs created as part of the project include storytellers and managers overseeing the brewery and distillery, visitor center and overall operations.
The operation produces a range of craft beers and moonshine, including Hopfield and McCoy IPA, Pikeville Ale and Apple Orchard, Bonfire, Mountain Flower and Original moonshines. Additional craft beers will be available exclusively in the Pearses Place taproom, which will open above the brewery and distillery later this year.
Dueling Barrels was the creation of late Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons, who initiated the development of the distillery as an effort to promote tourism in Eastern Kentucky.
Pearse Lyons, an Irish entrepreneur and scientist, and his wife, Deirdre, founded Alltech in 1980 to research and deliver products for the sustainable nutrition of plants, animals and people. The companys expertise in yeast fermentation, solid state fermentation and the science of nutrigenomics make it a major producer and processor of yeast additives, organic trace minerals, feed ingredients, premix and feed.
The family owned company is headquartered in Nicholasville with seven production facilities in the state employing approximately 700 people. Globally, Alltech has more than 100 production facilities and four bioscience centers.
Alltech can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.
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