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Second bourbon warehouse collapses

Western Kentucky distillery loses stock during thunderstorm

June 21, 2019

OWENSBORO, Kentucky – Part of a bourbon warehouse in western Kentucky collapsed during a thunderstorm.

News outlets report the partial collapse of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse was reported earlier this week.

Master Distiller Jacob Call said around 20,000 barrels are stored at the location and it appears that about 4,000 were affected. He said it appears most barrels remain intact.

Engineers were trying to determine what caused the collapse. It’s unclear if weather played a role.

Officials say no one was hurt. A nearby road is closed while the cleanup continues.

Another Kentucky bourbon barrel warehouse collapsed last year. Half of a warehouse collapsed at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown on June 22, 2018, and the other half came down two weeks later.