Bluegrass Distillers announces major expansion in Midway

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Bluegrass Distillers, a craft distillery in Lexington, has announced the purchase of Elkwood Farm in Midway.

According to Bluegrass Distillers, the Elkwood, listed on the National Historic Register, was built in 1835 and is located at 158 Leestown Road. The new location will include an expanded distillery, barrel warehouses, tasting room, visitor center, and event space. The distillery is owned by Sam Rock, Nathan Brown, and Ben Franzini of Lexington.

The development plan includes a tasting room in the historic Elkwood Mansion, according to Bluegrass Distillers. The production facilities are designed to facilitate contract distilling and a bottling operation. The company’s production capacity will increase from a little less than 1 barrel a day to approximately 20 barrels per 8 hour shift. The grounds will also have space for barrel storage.

Bluegrass Distillers reports the project will highlight the grain to glass bourbon production.  The company will grow approximately 40-45 acres of blue and yellow corn on the property.

Woodford County native Sam Rock says they are thrilled to be moving operations to Elkwood Farm, “We have been looking in Midway for over 3 years, and at this particular location for most of that time. So it was the date we always wanted. The layout of the farm and the history of the structures make for a perfect venue to demonstrate grain to glass bourbon production.”

Rock says they can now grow blue corn on their own land and will have spent grains for local farmers.

Bluegrass Distillers says distilling operations will begin in the summer of 2021 and the grounds will open for visitor tours as well as family-friendly, community events and concerts.

Ben Franzini added, “Midway has a rich distilling tradition and the town has been extremely gracious and welcoming. The Midway Mayor and Economic Development Authority have been with us every step of the way and we could not have pulled it together without their help.  We could not ask for a better location or town to build our future.”

Bluegrass Distillers started from scratch mashing each ounce of grain by hand, and opened its doors on West 6th Street in Lexington in 2013. You can read more HERE.

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