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Rest In Peace: Hundreds of fish killed in bourbon spill


Photo: Chief Billy Mattingly/Bardstown Fire Department/AP Images

By now you’ve probably heard about the Barton 1792 distillery warehouse collapse that sent 9,000 barrels of bourbon crashing to the ground. The photos of the catastrophic event are heartbreaking. With 53 gallons of bourbon in each barrel, you don’t need me to tell you the magnitude of the tragedy. If you’re a Kentuckian you completely get it and probably shed a few tears over it. After hearing the news I went outside to pour some bourbon on the curb, but then realized that would only be in poor taste and insulting to the bourbon that perished in the fall. So I drank it instead — in memory, of course.

TRAGIC: Bardstown bourbon storage building collapses

But now we have more bourbon to drink — in memory, of course — for the lives lost in the surrounding Bardstown waterways. According to officials with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, nearly 1,000 fish were found dead in the Withrow Creek and the Beach Fork River near the distillery. To make matters worse for Barton 1792, it will come with a fine of up to $25,000 per day for contaminating the bodies of water.

Photo: Janice Hill/Facebook

Rest in peace to those fish.

Or maybe they’re just passed out drunk and they’ll wake up soon with a throbbing hangover. Has anyone tried flooding the water with Pedialyte and fried food?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 responses to “Rest In Peace: Hundreds of fish killed in bourbon spill”

  1. Blue Bill

    You never cease to make me laugh Drew. Pedialite and fried food, hilarious.

  2. Bluebloodtoo

    Being an Ops guy, I’m wondering who lost their job for putting that much value in an unstable building.

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      All of the warehouses are technically unstable, they’re just wooden framed skeletons wrapped in aluminum. There is a plum that hangs in the center that indicates any sway, and if any is seen, they make immediate adjustments. Considering they move these barrels, some for pour, some new, and some moved locations for better aging, it’s amazing it doesn’t happen more often.

    2. Jiminy Crickets

      Each barrel weighs at or near 500lbs, and 9000 dropped. That’s 4.5million pounds, just on the side that dropped. Walk into one of those things, most of them are 50+ years old, and look twice their age

    3. Kat4Life

      Sounds like an ex-wife……

  3. cats646

    Alcoholic fish.

  4. J. Did
    1. KYJelly

      HEY! I came here for sports and a laugh, not a history lesson! Take that ish elsewhere!

  5. TBW3011

    Something is fishy about this story.