Legendary distillery near Bardstown to see revival

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Source: Old Samuels Distillery/Facebook

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – A legendary distillery near Bardstown is coming back to life. According to Visit Bardstown, the T.W. Samuels Distillery in Deatsville is being revived by Georgia-based property developer Rick Puig, Kentucky native Ryan Mollenkopf, and a diverse team.

Bardstown tourism officials say the revived property will be called Old Samuels Distillery and will be built as an “all-encompassing experience.” According to the Old Samuels Distillery Facebook page, the grounds will eventually house betwen 40-50 private cottages, as well as a restaurant, bar, and tasting room. An on-site museum will also be setup to showcase the history of T.W. Samuels Distillery.

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According to Visit Bardstown, T.W. Samuels Distillery was built in 1844 and operated until 1920. When Prohibition ended in 1933, T.W. built a new distillery near the original site and made some of the best whiskey around until 1952. For decades afterwards, the grounds were used to bottle water. Today, distilleries Maker’s Mark and Heaven Hill Distillery age over 170,000 barrels of their product on the property.

No opening date is posted on the Old Samuels Distillery website.

Visit Bardstown addressed the new venture saying, “We are so incredibly excited to add Old Samuels Distillery into the authentic and unrivaled bourbon culture here in Bardstown. Welcome! Give them a follow on their brand new Facebook page to stay up to date: Old Samuels Distillery.”

For more info on this new development, click HERE.

Resurrecting a Legend: T.W. Samuels Distillery Coming Back to Life

Legendary T.W. Samuels Distillery in Deatsville, minutes from downtown Bardstown, is coming back to life. The shuttered distillery is being revived by Georgia-based property developer Rick Puig, Kentucky native Ryan Mollenkopf, and a diverse team. The revived property will be called Old Samuels Distillery and will be built as an all-encompassing experience. The grounds will eventually house betwen 40-50 private cottages, as well as a restaurant, bar, and tasting room. Also on site will be a museum showcasing the incredible authentic history of T.W. Samuels Distillery. T.W. Samuels Distillery was built in 1844 and operated all the way up until Prohibition in 1920. When Prohibition ended in 1933, T.W. built a new distillery near the original site and made some of the best whiskey around until 1952. For decades afterwards, the beautiful grounds were used to bottle water. Even today, famed distilleries Maker's Mark and Heaven Hill Distillery age over 170,000 barrels of their fine liquid on the property. While touring the nostalgic property, you’ll immediately find yourself exploring the historic buildings onsite where all the magic happened to create the legendary T.W. Samuels brand. The equipment still stands in place in it original state. We are so incredibly excited to add Old Samuels Distillery into the authentic and unrivaled bourbon culture here in Bardstown. Welcome! Give them a follow on their brand new Facebook page to stay up to date: Old Samuels Distillery. For more info on this new development, click here: https://www.visitbardstown.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Old-Samuels-Distillery-Press-Release-2020-Edited-for-Public.pdfFilm credit: Jason Epperson, Eppic Films

Posted by Visit Bardstown on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Film credit: Jason Epperson, Eppic Films

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