The opening of Brown Formans Old Forester Distillery will be delayed by several months

The opening of Brown Forman's Old Forester Distillery will be delayed by several months

Completion of Brown-Forman's Old Forester Distillery will be delayed by "several months", following a fire in nearby buildings.

Construction of the Louisville site has begun today and earlier this month, the company told just-drinks that its plans remained unchanged following the fire on 'Whiskey Row'. A statement from the company today, however, said the distillery "would now be completed and open for business in 2017, a delay of several months from the previously-anticipated schedule".

The new Old Forester Distillery, located at 117-119 West Main Street, is the subject of a US$45m investment and was initially scheduled to open towards the end of next year.It will include fermentation, distilling, barrel making, filling and dumping, and bottling.

The facility will allow the company to double its current production of Old Forester.