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Willett Distillery

Bardstown, KY

1869 Loretto Rd.
Bardstown, KY 40004

Phone: (502) 348-0899

Willett Distillery


After years of renovations and retrofitting, in the early morning hours of January 18, 2012, Drew, Paul, Terry and a few others started cooking a batch of corn, rye and malted barley. Some time close to sun-up that morning they started the fermentation process, and on January 21st Drew fired up the copper pot still. We waited until January 27th to put the first few barrels into storage. That would have been Thompson's 103rd birthday and Mrs. Martha Willett Kulsveen thought that there was no better day to put those barrels into storage than on her father's birthday. And we all were whole-heartedly in agreement. The family is using the original mash bills that Thompson used when he was President of the Willett Distilling Company. In addition, Drew has implemented a few of his own mash bills.

In the latter portion of 2011 we opened up a gift shop and tasting room. In addition to that, tours are now offered. We would like to extend a warm welcome and encourage you to pay us a visit.We love our American Heroes! We invite all active, veterans and retired Military, First Responders and Educators to join our tours at a discounted $5 rate. This guided walking tour of the historic Willett Distillery grounds showcases our iconic potstill and concludes with a sampling of our memorable whiskey and a souvenir Willett Distillery Glass.