Oh No!: The Other Half Of That Bourbon Warehouse Also Collapsed

July 5, 2018

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Because devastation always comes in twos, the second half of that Barton 1792 Distillery warehouse in Kentucky has collapsed, bringing the total number of dropped barrels to almost 20,000 -- or around 1,060,000 gallons of angry brown liquor. For reference, that's more than enough to have gotten every cowboy in the Wild West drunk and falling off their horses and into my loving arms.

After the first collapse, spilled bourbon contaminated two nearby creeks, killing almost 1,000 fish.


State environmental officials had said they would fine Sazerac Inc., parent company of the distillery, up to $25,000 per day.

This time, the runoff was contained by officials, WLKY reported.

Now, the company is looking to build a new warehouse with hopes of salvaging the barrels that are still intact.

Man, not only are they wasting liquor, but they're getting fish so drunk they're killing each other? "That's not what happened." Don't even act like I'm not onto you, Mr. Distillery, I know a biological weapons test when I hear one. And what was that warehouse built out of anyways, Lincoln Logs? Even the third little pig knows better than that. I'm never drinking bourbon again. And I'm not just saying that because my friends swore they'll never hang out with me again if I do, but friends are hard to come by and Jesus, is this all my blood?

Keep going for one more shot of the destruction.

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Thanks to ClosetNerd, who I suspect is just happy it wasn't a medical herb growing facility.

  • Ed Hopkins

    Kentucky bourbon is caught in Trump's ill-advised trade war. There was about to be way to much domestic supply as the foreign markets shrink. This could be an insurance scam to remedy the over-production of bourbon.

  • Ollie Williams

    Bourbon is not being over produced in the US, and is not affected by the tariffs domestically (obviously). In fact, it's the opposite. Production cannot meet current and future expected demand. Almost all larger distillers are pouring MILLIONS into expansion, because bourbon is the hot commodity right now. The vast majority of non-US countries that import and sell bourbon make up around 530 million dollars. Overall, total sales are over 7 billion dollars.

  • Ed Hopkins

    If any bourbon is being exported, that means we have a surplus. If production can't meet domestic demand, why would any be exported? When bourbon produced for export is not exported because of the tariffs, it becomes part of the domestic supply.

  • Ollie Williams

    Demand does not equal surplus.

  • Ed Hopkins

    Surplus is product you can't sell without spending money on marketing or lowering prices. Since both would cut into profits, it's better to export the product to overseas buyers who are willing to pay enough to cover the shipping costs and still leave you with the same profit per bottle. Does it make sense now?

  • Ollie Williams

    It has nothing to do with you trying to make sense, you're just wrong. Global demand is still demand, not a surplus of bourbon left over from the US that people didn't buy. Distilleries are not producing, and distributors are not releasing, bourbon stock that is left over from US buyers that they couldn't sell. They are sending mostly the same products we can get in the US because it's a demand. Hell, there are plenty of products that are sold overseas that we CAN'T get in the US, like every other expression of Blanton's except their single barrel. Good bourbon especially is in such limited supply at this point in relation to demand in the global marketplace, bottles are selling for 20 times or more MSRP on the secondary market. If there was a surplus, these groups wouldn't exist, because product availability wouldn't be an issue.

  • Ed Hopkins

    Tariffs have consequences. When the price goes up overseas because of tariffs, the demand will go down. That's simple economics. If demand goes down and supply stays the same, that's a surplus of product. It doesn't matter who is was manufactured for. If it was made in the US and stays in the US, it's now part of the domestic supply, even if it was originally supposed to go overseas. Please let me know what part of this is confusing you. I can probably explain it better if I know where the hang up is.

  • Ed Hopkins
  • Nicholas Conrad

    Who knew? Waiting for the other shoe to drop pays off BIG where watching the pot falls short.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Not today, Drunkies!

  • Corky McButterpants
  • Douchy McDouche

    OH THE HUMANITY!!!

  • Wooder

    I'm surprised some Green Peace or Naturalist has not come to stop the wildlife from drinking themselves into EXTINCTION!

    Please more pictures of the wasted animals...

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I hope the insurance won't cover a thing, they had a week to remove the remaining barrels from the other half...

  • roehlstation

    Yeah, it's called OSHA

  • Ollie Williams

    They couldn't due to worker safety concerns.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Concerned they might drink it?

  • Meh

    Gotta risk shit sometimes. Now they have nothing.

  • Ollie Williams

    I'm not sure it was the company that gave that order. Sazerac has higher powers making the calls, including state, fire, and police involvement. I'm not saying it's not Barton's fault, and it sucks for the wildlife and the barrels, but if they had a chance to save the other half of the warehouse, I'd think they would have.

  • The_Wretched

    Building falls apart and they made -zero- effort to salvage barrels and stop run off. I hope none of them are volunteer fire-fighters.

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