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Michter’s Plans Own Distillery in Louisville

The fabled Michter's brand of bourbon and rye finally gets a new home.
Jack Bettridge
Posted: December 16, 2011

Michter's is a whiskey brand that has historical roots that delve back as far as 1753 and includes possible connections to George Washington's wintering his troops at Valley Forge, but it in past decades it hasn't had a home of its own. That is about to change as the current owner of the brand is set begin an $8 million restoration of a building in Louisville, Kentucky, that will distill Michter's as well as acting as a visitor's center.

The original Michter's distillery in Schaefferstown Pennsylvania, was shuttered in 1989, however Bourbon that had been made there continued to be released under the name A.H. Hirsch. In the late 1990s, Michter's American Whiskey Co. of Bardstown, Kentucky, a division of Chatham Imports, bought the trademark and began marketing several straight ryes and Bourbons. However, the whiskey bottled under the Michter's trademark has been sourced through other distilleries so far.

The renovation will restore the Romanesque cast-iron-and-brick Fort Lee building, which dates to the 1870s and is currently boarded up. Neighbors of the building include the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. The distillery will include stills custom made for Michter's by Vendome Copper & Brass Works, a Louisville maker of stills used worldwide. The design of the copper pot stills will made with the input of the master distiller Willie Pratt, whose illustrious whiskey career included the restoration of the Labrot & Graham stillhouse as the current Woodford Reserve distillery.

Of course, it will be some time before we will actually sample the product of the new distillery as Michter's line includes whiskies as old as 10 and 25 years. In the meantime, visitors will be able tour the facilities, which will include a tasting room and gift shop.




Michter's Small Batch Bourbon

Batch No. 11-159

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