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RIP Bourbon: Other half of Barton 1792 rickhouse collapses


My friends, it is with great sadness that I bring you this next story. The other half of the rickhouse that partially collapsed at the Barton 1792 Distillery last month has come down. An estimated 9,000 barrels of bourbon were lost in the initial collapse. The building held 18,000 barrels, which means an additional 9,000 barrels came tumbling down this afternoon.

Photos via @WLKYJulie:




Tragic. Pour one out for our lost spirits tonight.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 responses to “RIP Bourbon: Other half of Barton 1792 rickhouse collapses”

  1. JPGott2

    On the 4th of July this happens??!!!!!!!!! I blame is on communists!!!

    1. cats646

      Me too!!

  2. VinDatuk

    Sad to see, but how fing stupid do you have to be to not immediately relocate the other barrels after the first collapse?! For f sake, the bourbon community is pretty tight knit; I’m sure another distiller or various distillers would’ve lent them some space. #rantover #getoffmylawn

    1. ClutchCargo

      I’m sure the structure wasn’t stable enough to get in there and move those heavy barrels around safely. It was just a matter of time before this happened.

    2. VinDatuk

      Good point. You’d think some would have been salvageable. Glad I bought 10 bottles at the ABC here in NC. Wonder if they’ll appreciate in value?

    3. cats646

      You would think they could’ve stabled it somehow just enough to get the barrels out. Hate it for the distillery though, big money loss.

    4. jaws2

      There’s NO DOUBT, this was insured. At a minimum at retail price. Most likely the amount covered bourbon, the structure, AND future potential earnings coming from that warehouse. I know from experience that it wouldn’t have been that expensive to cover. These guys aren’t in the business because they’re stupid.

    5. cats646

      Good point jaws

  3. BigBlueToo

    Perhaps the building was not stable enough for people and machinery to enter.

  4. Rabbi Li

    What a spirited collapse.

  5. BTownUKFan

    It’s one warehouse, and based on the pictures many of the barrels are still intact. It’s just a matter of pulling them out and putting them in another warehouse to finish aging. I lived next to Bartons and grew up drinking their VOB, it was OK but there is still plenty out there. This isn’t near the catastrophe Heaven Hill suffered when 5 warehouse, the fill house and the distillery burnt down.

  6. nschulte13

    Are they really all gone? A lot look like they are still intact.

  7. Luether

    It’s a real tragedy to lose so much in Ky spirits…

  8. fairweather

    Well there’s your (100%) proof that “a house divided cannot stand”.

    1. CPACAT

      You sir, win the internet today.

    2. bigbluebanana

      Slowly claps

    3. michaelb


  9. davisfeathers

    bourbon is overrated anyways imo

  10. FrankySSSuper

    I’d love to get my hands on one of those barrels. Not just for the booze. I’d love to turn one of those barrels into a Donkey Kong arcade table 🙂