LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's been a century since distillation happened along Main Street, but that will change in late 2014.
One of the highest rated bourbons in recent reviews will be made in downtown Louisville. Angel's Envy will be distilled in a renovated 19th century building, located at the corner of Jackson and Main Streets.
Angel's Share Brands LLC, the parent company of Louisville Distilling Co., plan to create 40 new jobs and invest $12 million. Company executives held a groundbreaking for the facility that will produce Angel's Envy bourbon and other products.
"Our job is to circle the wagons back here. Let's look at the historical perspective and let's revive those recipes and production methods and bring them back down here," said Wes Henderson, COO for Angel's Share Brands.
Company executives and government officials announced the distillery will be located in the former Vermont American Complex. The site was preserved for redevelopment after a portion of the property was razed to make way for the new downtown Ohio River Bridges Project.
"We have spent the past two years evaluating potential sites in downtown Louisville, looking for the perfect property. The City has been great to work with and very supportive in our efforts to find the ideal location," said Marc Bushala, President and CEO of Angel's Share Brands.
Governor Steve Beshear touted tax incentives in making the historic preservation possible. "Bourbon is in its largest expansion phase since prohibition," Gov. Beshear said. "As bourbon continues to gain in popularity across the world, we will continue to work hard to foster new opportunities for jobs and investment. We take a lot of pride in this signature product, and the industry's global success shows the type of dedication and craftsmanship that makes Kentucky stand out."
Louisville-based Joseph & Joseph Architects drafted the blueprints to renovate the brick and mortar structure into a 65,000 square foot distillery.