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Louisville distillery joins Kentucky Bourbon Trail

May. 09, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's mostly rustic bourbon sector is spreading to the shadows of Louisville's skyscrapers, where a tiny distillery being developed by the maker of Evan Williams bourbon will become a big-city stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

The artisanal distillery will produce one or two barrels of bourbon daily -- a drop in the barrel for a company whose top brand is the world's No. 2-selling bourbon behind Jim Beam. The distillery, scheduled to open in October, is seen mostly as a tourist destination in the heart of Kentucky's largest city. It's a short walk from the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and is across the street from the spot where Welsh immigrant Evan Williams set up a distillery in 1783.

The new attraction, called The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, will feature an eye-catching five-story-high Evan Williams Bourbon bottle.

The approximately $10 million investment by Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. comes amid an overall boom in the bourbon business.

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