It has been a year and a half since I wrote this. I was back at KBD on Saturday to pick a couple of barrels with the Bourbon Society (well, we actually ended up with 3 barrels, but that is another story). The distillery is making progree, The Boiler is in and the propane tank to fire it is in place. The water pipes are up to the distillery building and ready to be connected to the plumbing in the building. They have done some cosmetic changes such as building a stone wall at the enterance and clearing some brush off the hillside and placing a beautiful fountain in their lake behind the distillery and creating a waterfall to the lake for the water from the distillery. I would think that they are coming down to the finishing touches and I would think 5 or 6 months will see the distillery operating. That would place the time scale sometime in the next year or two. Since they are paying as they go, they will be slower than expected. Still, I would say the end result will justify the wait.
Drew gave us a very good tour of the site. They have even begun work on a visitor's center and the fill room. There is a new roof on the bottling house and new windows going into the warehouses. Fresh paint seems to be everywhere and the whole site is coming together nicely. If you get a chance to visit you should do so, but make sure they are expecting you because they are doing a lot of work and don't have time fior unexpected visitors or casual tourist.
"Our people live almost exclusively on whiskey" - E H Taylor, Jr. 25 April 1873