Kentucky Distillers’ Association Welcomes Preservation Distillery as Newest Craft Member

April 25, 2018

For Immediate Release –  April 25, 2018


FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Preservation Distillery in Bardstown is the newest and 38th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Founder Marci Palatella said she has dreamed of opening a distillery since 1985 when she got into the spirits and wine business as a leading international distributor, and soon after partnered with other distilleries to produce her own small batch Bourbon brands.

On a 2014 trip to Bardstown, Palatella said she stumbled onto a picturesque farm and instantly knew it was meant to be her distillery. She bought the former Hillbilly Heaven off the Bluegrass Parkway that following year and has transformed the farm and tobacco barn into a distillery and visitor center that showcases her history and passion for crafting small batch whiskeys.

Palatella said her husband, former San Francisco 49er NFL football legend Lou Palatella, has been a Bourbon enthusiast for more than 50 years, distributing for many of Kentucky’s premier distillers and spending his career working with many of the industry legends.

Preservation’s portfolio boasts a variety of Bourbon, Whiskey, and Rye expressions under the Preservation, Very Olde St. Nick, Dakota, COWBOY Little Barrel, Outlaw, and Rare Perfection brands. Learn more at

“Preservation Distillery is following the timeless traditions of Nelson County’s family of distillers by bringing classic and creative artisan spirits to the Bourbon Capital of the World,” KDA President Eric Gregory said.

“We applaud their entrepreneurial spirit, commend their dedication to upholding the integrity of our legendary industry and proudly welcome them to our ever-growing family of Kentucky’s finest distillers.”

Marci Palatella said, “Our family is honored to be part of the KDA and join our pioneering Kentucky neighbors producing authentic Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and other fine spirits. We look forward to welcoming the adventurous visitors who come here each year for a true Kentucky experience.”

Preservation Distillery is the KDA’s 25th Craft-level member, aging less than 10,000 barrels a year. The company is KDA’s sixth member distillery in Nelson County, joining Heaven Hill, Lux Row, Jim Beam’s Booker Noe distillery, Willett and Bardstown Bourbon Company.

Preservation Distillery also is now eligible to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®.

KDA recently announced that it has opened a satellite office in downtown Bardstown to best support its growing membership and collaborate with city’s renewed efforts to showcase its history, culture and booming Bourbon lifestyle.

Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the enduring craft.

Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $8.5 billion economic engine that generates as many as 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $800 million and pours $825 million into tax coffers each year.

In addition, the industry is in the middle of a $1.2 billion building boom, from innovative new tourism centers to expanded production facilities, all to meet the growing global thirst for Kentucky Bourbon.

There are now 39 companies operating 52 distilleries in the Commonwealth making 6.8 million barrels of aging Bourbon – all modern records. Distillers also paid a record $19.2 million last year in barrel taxes that fund critical local programs such as education, public safety and health.

The KDA’s famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® announced recently that visitors made more than 1 million stops at participating distilleries for the second straight year. Attendance has skyrocketed by 314 in the last 10 years.

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Gregory said the record growth of Kentucky’s Bourbon and distilling industry continues to fuel the state’s economy. “Year after year, Bourbon proves that it’s much more than a drink – it’s jobs, investment, revenue and a leading tourism driver, all wrapped into one iconic craft.

“The addition of Preservation Distillery strengthens Kentucky’s rightful title as the one, true and authentic home for Bourbon, further expands our significant economic impact and gives fans of our mellow amber nectar another landmark to visit and responsibly celebrate our rich heritage.”

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For more information, contact: Eric Gregory, KDA President, (502) 875-9351

Founded in 1880, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is the historic voice for Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Its diverse and growing membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are fostering the next generation of the Commonwealth’s timeless craft and treasured economic engine. Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. The KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking and drunk driving.


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