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New distillery to open in Danville, Ky.

Mar. 31, 2013 @ 09:17 AM

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky city is expecting its first legal distillery to begin operating later this year.

The Advocate-Messenger reports Wilderness Trace Distillery plans to open on Sept. 1. It will be a division of Ferm Solutions, which is a Danville-based research and engineer fermenting company.

"We carefully selected a name that would bring a sense of tradition and connection to Danville," Chief Executive Officer Shane Baker said.

He said the small operation will be a craft distillery, and will focus more on quality than quantity.

"We're not worried about making a lot of product," he said. "We're just interested in making the best."

He said plans include distilling vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey in a sweet mash process that is expensive and time consuming. He said the company's "Wilderness Trace Bourbon" and "Kentucky Blue Vodka" will be among the purest in the industry.