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Partner Jeff McKenzie Comments on Downtown Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Distilleries


In 2011, Michter’s Distillery disclosed that they had purchased the historic Fort Nelson Building in Louisville in order to transform it into a distillery that would be open to the public.  Locals and downtown regulars were excited and hopeful that the distillery would give the old, historic building life again with the attraction of tourists who would be ready to embrace the experience of some of Kentucky’s most famous products.

Heaven Hill then announced its distillery, The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, to be located in another historic structure on Main Street.  With Louisville’s already exciting atmosphere, the urban bourbon phenomenon will fit right in with the facilities that downtown Louisville has to offer.  The Michter’s, Heaven Hill and Angel’s Envy projects will transform historic buildings into distilleries that will soon be neighbors to some of Louisville’s excellent bars and restaurants and the world class downtown basketball and concert facility.

Partner Jeff McKenzie, who is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Transactional Practice Group, recently commented on the projects in an Insider Louisville article.  According to McKenzie, it won’t be long before Louisville will be able to enjoy these distilleries.  However, with historic buildings such as these, it’s important to preserve the bones of the building, and the nature of these types of renovations naturally progress slowly.  However, McKenzie says that these distilleries are “primary players” and that soon more retail and restaurants will follow and hotel rooms will fill up.  McKenzie also explains that these renovations will truly transform downtown and that every city in America is looking for an opportunity like this.

For more on Jeff McKenzie’s thoughts and the renovations, read the full article here.


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