After years of restoration work, Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery will have an opening celebration on Thursday, January 31st, 2019. Public tours are scheduled to begin on February 2nd and can be booked at https://www.michters.com. Located at 801 West Main Street on Louisville’s Museum Row, the distillery is directly across the street from The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and down the block from The Frazier History Museum, which has been designated the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center.
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The Fort Nelson building is an impressive example of cast iron and stone construction with Romanesque windows and a striking corner turret rising above its neighbors. First built in 1890, the building was in such disrepair when purchased by Michter’s in 2012 that it featured a collapsed staircase and no floors. “It’s only fitting that a once abandoned, great American brand found its home in a once abandoned, great American building. The Fort Nelson Building is an architectural gem, and our team is so fortunate to have had the opportunity to bring it back to life and make it a special place for everyone to visit,” said Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco. Saving the historic building required extensive work including the installation of 400,000 pounds of structural steel.
Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery will be operating with tours, tastings, and a gift shop. Whiskey production there will be conducted on the legendary pot still and cypress wood fermenter system from Michter’s Pennsylvania Distillery, which traces its history back to 1753. Michter’s Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann