TRAGIC FIRE AT HEAVEN HILL IN ’96 DIDN’T STOP NASCENT BOURBON BOOM

November 11, 2016 By Steve Coomes
Twenty years ago this week, 90,000 barrels of whiskey aging at Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, were lost in a massive and tragic fire that, when looking at TV news footage, resembles a peek into the depths of hell. The loss of liquid that day represented 2 percent of the world’s whiskey stocks at that time, and the destruction of Heaven Hill’s distillery was akin to the death of a family member in the...