Distillery will begin producing bourbon next month

Distillery will begin producing bourbon next month

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - For the first time in a quarter of a century, bourbon will be distilled in Owensboro.

Major renovations on the O.Z. Tyler Distillery are expected to be finished next month.

A grain handling system installation project is wrapping up. Crews have been working on it since January.

Once that's complete, the bourbon will start flowing. We're told bourbon that was distilled in Indiana and aged in rickhouses at the O.Z. Tyler Distillery is already being sold at most Owensboro liquor stores.

TerrePURE Kentucky Distillers has spent around 25 million dollars buying and renovating the 130 year old distillery.

"We'll sample the product for various times in our barrels throughout the year. We do plan on installing a bottling line here in Kentucky to be able to bottle Kentucky bourbon here in Owensboro," said Jacob Call, Operations Manager at O.Z. Tyler Distillery.

We're told people will be able to check out the distillery by the end of the year. That's when a visitor's center and gift shop will open. Distillery officials say they're planning on having a grand opening ceremony on September 1, 2016.

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