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Alltech celebrates opening of Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery in Eastern Kentucky


Alltech and Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery are celebrating the opening of its $15 million operation in Pikeville this week.

The project included the construction of a nearly 30,000-square-foot facility and the purchase and installation of equipment, such as 19 fermenters and three copper pot stills. The 13 jobs created as part of the project include “storytellers” and managers overseeing the brewery and distillery, visitor center and overall operations.

The operation produces a range of craft beers and moonshine, including Hopfield and McCoy IPA, Pikeville Ale and Apple Orchard, Bonfire, Mountain Flower and Original moonshines. Additional craft beers will be available exclusively in the Pearse’s Place taproom, which will open above the brewery and distillery later this year.

Dueling Barrels was the creation of late Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons, who initiated the development of the distillery as an effort to promote tourism in Eastern Kentucky.

“My father always had a keen sense of potential, and he saw that in abundance in Eastern Kentucky,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, Pearse’s son and president of Alltech. “By establishing a brewery and distillery in the region, he hoped to create jobs, elevate tourism by moving the Kentucky Bourbon Trail east and attract other business leaders to invest in the area.”

Pearse Lyons, an Irish entrepreneur and scientist, and his wife, Deirdre, founded Alltech in 1980 to research and deliver products for the sustainable nutrition of plants, animals and people. The company’s expertise in yeast fermentation, solid-state fermentation and the science of nutrigenomics make it a major producer and processor of yeast additives, organic trace minerals, feed ingredients, premix, and feed.

The family-owned company is headquartered in Nicholasville with seven production facilities in the state employing approximately 700 people. Globally, Alltech has more than 100 production facilities and four bioscience centers.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles congratulated Alltech and noted Dueling Barrels will draw tourists to Eastern Kentucky.

“What an honor to celebrate the opening of Alltech’s Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Kentucky’s bourbon and beer industries continue to expand, creating economic opportunities for places like Eastern Kentucky. With hopes of joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery has the potential of bringing thousands of visitors to visit the scenic Appalachian region. I applaud Alltech for continuing to bring to life the founding vision held by Dr. Pearse Lyons and his wife, Deirdre. This company continues to blaze a trail forward for Kentucky agriculture.”

For more information on Dueling Barrels, visit www.DuelingBarrels.com. More info about Alltech is available at www.Alltech.com.

From Governor’s Office


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