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  1. #21
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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    Yepper Bobby,
    They are distilling more on the Website than on the Hill in Bardstown.
    My Son said there wasn't any Bourbon aging in any of the warehouses he was in (and I think he said he had been in all of them). And definitely no distilling.
    I think they had some plans for a Visitor Center when I shot those photos a couple of years ago. They even had some lumber delivered. But it looks like HH beat 'em to the punch.
    Bj

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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    Also the issue of the odd sized barrels.
    Yeah...the guys in the dump room described them to me. Short, fat and really round...They called em' "hog head" barrels ...

    Bettye Jo

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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    Chuck,

    An enhancement of one area of the photo shows what is clearly a mid-seventies Chevrolet stepside pickup. Most of the other vehicles appear to be 60's or early 70's.
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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    Short, fat and really round...They called em' "hog head" barrels
    As I understand it, there would have to be a lot of carpenter work done for a 52 gallon standard size barrel to fit in Willetts warehouses. In fact it may not be possible then depending on if enough clearance could be found for the longer barrels.

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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    Nice work, chief. Between our local humint assets and your technology, KBD won't put anything past us.

    After I wrote my post above, it occurred to me that what were obviously light colored cars meant it was probably the fifties at the earliest. Thanks for nailing it down.

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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    Which explains why they are the only barrelhouses in Kentucky that are standing empty.

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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    Between our local humint assets and your technology, KBD won't put anything past us.

    Ahemmmmm...Let me clear my throat abit...Ahemmmmmm....

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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    Jim,
    Pretty cool! Ya'll crack me up.

    clearly a mid-seventies Chevrolet stepside pickup. Most of the other vehicles appear to be 60's or early 70's.
    Thing is, you gotta remember ... this is Kentucky Honey.
    That shot could have been taken yesterday.

    Seriously, we do tend to drive the very last ounce of life out of a pickup truck.
    Bj

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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    That shot could have been taken yesterday.
    That part I'm real clear on Brenda

    My point is only that the picture can't be older than say, 1973.

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    Re: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.

    I asked some friends questions about this place and the folks who run it. Even (pronounced Evan), is orignianly from Norway. He married Martha Willett, the oldest child of this distilling family. Martha works with Evan at the site.

    Her father retired around 1980.

    I could not get a exact year when those two entered this venture. I know it was more than 12 years ago. I know a girl, that worked for them, helping to bottle product. They did tell me that "On the inside, there has been great improvements" on the small bottling line, (back then)...

    Bettye Jo





 

 

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