thetakeout.com – Say it isn’t so! (Because we need our bourbon now more than ever.) Louisville’s WLKY reports a Friday morning fire at Barton 1792 distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, sent 9,000 barrels of bourbon crashing to the ground. That’s nearly a half-million gallons of precious whiskey whose fate is now in jeopardy.
According to WLKY, the fire caused the bourbon barrels’ supports to collapse, spilling the wooden vessels outside of the building’s walls. Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding told the station that the building housed 20,000 barrels, of which about half of which crashed to the ground. Each barrel full of whiskey weighs about 550 pounds.
There were no reports of any injuries—except, potentially, to the barrels—but employees of the Environmental Protection Agency were dispatched to determine whether any alcohol had sunk into the surrounding soil or groundwater. According to Barton 1792’s website, the distillery’s site includes 29 barrel-aging warehouses, so presumably there are other supplies that can offset any bourbon lost. Still, seeing any booze—let along 9,000 barrels of it—go to waste during these trying times makes our hearts ache.
Still, seeing any booze—let along 9,000 barrels of it—go to waste during these trying times makes our hearts ache.
That was my exact feeling when I read this.