Status Operational Established: 1935 Owner: Heaven Hill Capacity: Not supplied Visitor Policy: Visitors welcome throughout the year Tel: +1 502 337 1000 Website:http://www.heaven-hill.com
The Heaven Hill company was established in 1935 by the five Shapira brothers, who named their new enterprise after William Heavenhill, a former owner of the distillery site, said to have been born under a nearby waterfall in 1783 during an Indian attack. The distillery remains under the management of the founding family.
1311 Gilkey Run Road Bardstown Nelson County 40004 Kentucky United States
Joseph L. Beam, first cousin of the famous distiller Jim Beam, was one of the founding partners of Heaven Hill in 1935. Joe Beam was Heaven Hill’s first Master Distiller and one of his descendants has been Master Distiller ever since, with Parker Beam and his son, Craig Beam the current Master Distillers at Heaven Hill.
On 7th November 1996, a fire started in one of the Heaven Hill's ageing warehouses and quickly spread to other buildings with some 90,000 barrels of bourbon ablaze. Witnesses talk of a river of fire flowing from the warehouses and flames that leapt hundreds of feet, lighting up the night-time sky. The facility was almost entirely destroyed.
For several years the company relied on neighbours such as Brown-Forman and Jim Beam for its production until its 1999 purchase of the historic Bernheim Distillery in Louisville. Heaven Hill’s fermenting, mashing and distilling now takes place at the new distillery while aging and bottling remains at the original Bardstown location.