BELLEVUE, KY (FOX19) - A ground breaking ceremony for Nth Degree Distilling's newest bourbon micro-distillery was held this morning on The Party Source campus in Bellevue.
The multi-million dollar project, which will expand The Party Source along with building the "world class" bourbon distillery, should be completed by Fall 2013. The store's size will increase by one-third at the completion of the construction.
The distillery will not only produce bourbon, but is expected to be a popular tourist attraction, featuring on-site tours and educational programs. Construction plans also call for a community space that will serve meetings and private gatherings, including an indoor/outdoor multi-purpose roof garden that can accommodate 150 guests.
"The new distillery will allow us to celebrate in our state's heritage, while producing a world-class product and visitor experience that will only enhance the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region as a travel destination. We've done everything possible to ensure that our distillery will be top-notch, from the hiring of Glaserworks as the architects of the distillery to the securing of industry veteran Larry Ebersold as our master distiller," said Mollie Lewis, Nth Degree Distilling Owner/President.
Ebersold, who previously managed distillery operations at the Pernod Ricard USA distillery in Lawrenceburg is just as excited about what the distillery will bring to the region saying, "I've been fortunate to have had experience with many world-renown spirit brands, but I'm most excited and honored by the opportunity to bring to Cincinnati an d Northern Kentucky a new bourbon and distillery that will stand equal to all others in the industry."
The first phase of this project was recently completed and included the removal of the earthen levee on the west side of the store's parking lot. A more space-efficient concrete flood wall was erected in its place allowing land to be reclaimed for both construction projects. All of the new development will sit on the Newport side of the city boundary that borders The Party Source, as opposed to Bellevue.
The Party Source's expansion will make it one of the largest off-premise beverage alcohol retail stores in the country, reports Party Source President Ken Lewis.
"The expanded store will house a micro-brewery and craft beer bar with 40 taps, we well as the "library bar" of 400+ bourbons and ryes to educate the public," says Lewis.
Partners participating in the construction include: Lee A. Knuppel & Associates, TDA Interiors and Architecture, Schumacher Construction Management, Inc., and Glaserworks Architecture & Urban Design.