Ceremony Coincides with the Company’s 80th Anniversary
BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Brands, the nation’s largest independent family-owned and operated distilled spirits producer and the world’s second-largest holder of aging Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, today celebrated filling its seven millionth Bourbon barrel. Heaven Hill is the only local, family-owned company to reach this historic benchmark.
“This is a momentous achievement to celebrate, especially as it falls during the company’s 80th anniversary. To think, my father and four uncles rolled out Heaven Hill’s first barrel 80 years ago. Here we are, eight decades later, filling our seven millionth barrel at the height of the greatest Bourbon boom since Prohibition. And, the Shapira family is still at the helm of Heaven Hill. Our founders would certainly be proud to see this day,” said Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira.
The company remains true today to its original mission as a family-owned and operated, independent Kentucky company—the last remaining in the Bourbon business today. Heaven Hill now has more than one million aging barrels of Kentucky Bourbon in its inventory and its flagship Evan Williams brand is the second largest selling Bourbon in the world.
The seven millionth barrel was “bunged off” by Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam, Co-Master Distiller Denny Potter and Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs in a brief ceremony at Heaven Hill’s cistern room attended by company executives and local dignitaries. Participants toasted with a glass of vintage Heaven Hill Bourbon made within a year of the company’s founding in 1935.
The milestone barrels was signed by Heaven Hill employees and put up to age in Rickhouse Y, where it will be displayed along Heaven Hill’s other milestone barrels.
About Heaven Hill Brands: Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Brands (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Larceny, Elijah Craig and Henry McKenna Bourbons, Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila; Cinerator Hot Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.
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Heaven Hill Brands 7 Millionth Barrel Facts
BARDSTOWN, KY—Heaven Hill Brands, the nation’s largest independent family-owned and operated distilled spirits producer and marketer, filled its 7 Millionth barrel of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey on Feb. 10, 2015. What does that volume of Bourbon represent?
- 592,308 acres of corn
- 69.8 million bushels of harvested corn
- 19.1 million bushels of other grains, such as rye, wheat and malted barley
- 370 million gallons of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- 195 million cases of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- 2.34 billion bottles of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- More than 3,809 miles of American White Oak barrels laid end to end
- More than $6.2 billion in federal excise taxes when sold to consumers at today’s federal tax rate
Contact: Larry Kass
Director of Trade Relations
Heaven Hill Brands