Michter’s Distillery will not be releasing its Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Bourbon during 2016 after having to allocate whiskey elsewhere to meet demand, the company says.
“The popularity of our Toasted Barrel Bourbon release during the past two years made this a very tough decision,” says Michter’s Distillery President Joseph J. Magliocco in a press release. “The problem is every drop of our Toasted Barrel Bourbon that we release this year is one less drop of our Michter’s US*1 Bourbon that we have to allocate to our distributors and importers.”
The company also announced plans for production expansion.
Located in the Shively section of Louisville, Michter’s M2 Distillery is currently operating at its maximum distillation capacity of 500,000 proof gallons per year. When Michter’s M2 Distillery resumes distillation in August — after a month shutdown for yearly maintenance — the distillery’s new distillation capacity will be 1,000,000 proof gallons per year.
“By adding four more 16,000 gallon fermenters with a total capacity of 64,000 gallons and going to a second shift, we can make twice as much of the same great whiskey as we do now,” explains Pamela Heilmann, Michter’s Vice President-Production & Distiller.
The new equipment installed for the expansion was custom built for Michter’s by Louisville-based still maker Vendome.