Barton Spill More Than Twice Initial Estimates, According to Officials

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Not one but two tanks flooded streets and walkways yesterday at Barton 1792 Distillery in an accident that injured two.

Nelson County officials reported last night that they were called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. Once on the scene, they observed that two tanks had been damaged.

“When first responders arrived on scene they found that a mash tank [Barton clarified that it was in fact a beer well] at the distillery had failed. Another tank was punctured and a pipe on a 3rd tank damaged causing the two tanks to leak. The leaking fluids flowed into a nearby holding basin. When that basin began to overflow, the liquid then started moving toward a nearby stream. Workers constructed berms to protect the stream. A clean up crew contracted by Barton’s 1792 was on site and additional resources from the company were also responding.”

WDRB reported that about 120,000 gallons of mash in total spilled from the damaged tanks.

Initial reports yesterday suggested that at least one tank had been damaged.

Both of the injured parties have been released. There have been no further comments at this time.

G. Clay Whittaker
Clay is Editor at Large of The Bourbon Review. He has written about whiskey, food, drink, and culture for Esquire, Playboy, Men's Journal, Popular Science, Southern Living, Maxim, among others.