Ribbon Cutting at Log Sill Distillery Marks a Big Day for Kentucky’s Bourbon Industry
After more than 60 years, a once defunct distillery has been resurrected and is beginning its new life as Log Still Distillery.
On May 11, Gov. Andy Beshear joined distiller Wally Dant and members of his family to cut the ribbon on the distillery’s tasting room. This ceremony marks a big step forward for a two-phase project that is expected to create 146 full-time jobs with $36 million in total investment.
“Today is a great day for Nelson County and Kentucky’s thriving bourbon industry,” Gov. Beshear said. “Log Still Distillery’s campus embodies everything that makes the bourbon industry so important to our state. This project will provide economic growth for the surrounding area while attracting visitors from across the state and beyond our borders. I want to thank Wally Dant and everyone at Log Still Distillery for bringing this promising investment to the commonwealth. We’re building a better Kentucky, and we’re doing it with companies that share our vision for the future.”
The tasting room’s focal point is a Vendome Copper mini-still. The room also features an overhead bi-fold door that opens as weather allows so visitors can enjoy outside tastings with a view of the Kentucky countryside.
The Tasting Room at Dant Crossing opens to the public May 18 and will premiere Log Still’s initial spirits. The Log Sill Distillery’s debut products include Monk’s Road Dry Gin, Monk’s Road Barrel Finished Gin and Monk’s Road Fifth District Series Bourbon: Cold Spring Distillery, the first in a rotating series of bourbons named for historic pre-Prohibition distillers in the region. Company leaders plan additional products, including bourbon and rye whiskey under the Monk’s Road name and Tennessee whiskeys under the Rattle and Snap label.
Dant Crossing’s first amenities debuted earlier this year with the opening of the Homestead Bed & Breakfast and the Poplar Cottage rentals. Additional amenities are expected to open later this year, including wooded walking trails, a restaurant, an amphitheater, restaurant, train depot, and event/conference center, with plans to add a visitor’s center, museum and gift shop in 2022.
Log Still Distillery is located in Gethsemani, Kentucky, just a few miles from Bardstown and the Abbey of Gethsemani, a monastery established more than 170 years ago, where Trappist monks live in solitude and silence, spending their days devoted to prayer and their work.
Sources - Press Release, Office of Andy Beshear