With reports of global whiskey shortages coming from all parts of the globe, the news that nearly 9000 barrels of premium Kentucky bourbon has been lost is particularly jarring.
The stock, which was housed at Kentucky’s Barton 1792 distillery, was located in a building that was having an exterior wall repaired. For reasons that are yet unclear, the structure suffered a catastrophic collapsed, sending the barrels tumbling. With each barrel holding 53 U.S. gallons of the good stuff and clocking in at 550 lbs, nearly 477 000 gallons of bourbon simply washed away. That’s enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
For anyone that knows bourbon, the loss is particularly acute, since not only was the product itself lost, but all that time it spent aging. The distillery anticipates it will take years to return to pre-crash levels.