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Distillery about to start construction on Visitor Center

May 15, 2018

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky distillery’s visitor center is expected to open next year.

Bulleit (BUL’-liht) Distilling Co. said construction will begin soon on its $10 million Visitor Center in Shelbyville.

Bulleit said in a news release Monday the center will include interactive education experiences, bourbon tastings and retail space. Tours will highlight the whiskey-making process and include a visit to founder Tom Bulleit’s office.

Company and local officials gathered Monday to celebrate the start of construction.

About 30 full- and part-time employees are expected within two years of opening.

Parent company Diageo’s Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville will continue tours and remain a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour. Diageo’s other brands include Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness.

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