A Warehouse at O.Z. Tyler Distillery Partially Collapsed, Spilling 4,000 Barrels of Whiskey

OZ Tyler Rickhouse Collapse in Owensboro Kentucky. Photo Credit The Owensboro Times.

Photo Credit Owensboro Times.

A warehouse in Owensboro, Kentucky at O.Z. Tyler Distillery collapsed last night around midnight.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident. 14 News is reporting that the warehouse was built to house 20,000 barrels, and that about 4,000 barrels fell. Master Distiller Jacob Call told them he hopes that the fallen barrels can be saved, and that the warehouse is currently secured.

Call also said that engineers would be arriving this morning to investigate the collapse and see if it was related to last night’s heavy storms.

In April of 2018, O.Z. Tyler Distillery released their first bourbon and rye in over 20 years. Call is a third generation distiller who previously worked with Florida Carribean Distillers under his father. His father, in turn, worked under his grandfather at Jim Beam.

This scene may be familiar for bourbon lovers – in June of 2019, a warehouse collapsed at Barton 1792, spilling over 18,000 barrels.

We’ll keep you updated as more information emerges.


Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.