Heaven Hill latest bourbon expansion

Jim Beam and Maker's Mark aren't the only bourbons experiencing such an increase in consumer demand that they have to expand their facilities as I reported recently.

Now, Heaven Hill Distilleries says it plans to expand its Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, KY, to enable an increase in production of its Evan Williams, Old Fitzgerald and Elijah Craig brands.

Pending all the regulatory approvals, the nearly $4 million project would be completed by the end of the year. While hardly in a league with the combined $120 million Fortune Brands is spending on its Beam and Maker's expansion it is important as one more indicator of the global bourbon boom.

A new mill will be dedicated to corn, and two existing mills will handle malt, wheat and rye. Company spokesman Larry Kass told local reporters that reflects the growing popularity of corn-based bourbon and other products, such as Rittenhouse Rye and Bernheim Wheat.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has approved $272,000 in state incentives and $25,500 in credits to help offset the expansion cost.

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