Whitesburg distillery expanding nearly 6 months after historic floods

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Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 7:26 PM EST
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WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A Whitesburg staple, Kentucky Mist Distillery, is expanding into a new building.

Back in July, the business had roughly three feet of water in it during the flood.

“When I first woke up that morning, I didn’t think it was anything major, until I made my way here,” said Kentucky Mist owner Colin Fultz.

Fultz said they we able to open back quickly, with the help of volunteers.

Now, the distillery is expanding into a 10,000 square foot building right across the street.

“We worked out a great deal on it and we hope to get in there in the next week or two, we hope to be using the space. Short term, we hope to be using it for warehouse, but it’s a great building,” said Fultz

Fultz said the building will house bottles that they then ship to several of their stores in South Carolina and Alabama.

“Last month we bought enough bottles to last us for the rest of the year and it was probably about 45 thousand bottles, and just didn’t have the room to store it,” he said.

The building, which was also heavily flooded, was formerly owned by Appalshop.

Fultz said, long term, he would like to move the distilling operation into the new building.