Old Forester Announces Distillery Manager for Whiskey Row Facility

The latest announcement marks another step towards the opening of the Whiskey Row Distillery next spring.

Old Forester has named Juan Merizalde Carrillo as Distillery Manager for the Old Forester Distillery. Located on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” the distillery and bourbon experience will open in late spring 2018. The $45 million facility plans to produce 100,000 cases of Bourbon each year.

Old Forester’s new distillery manager, Juan Merizalde Carrillo. Photos courtesy Old Forester.

Juan brings his knowledge and talent to the current Old Forester team, complementing the robust expertise of President Campbell Brown; Master Taster Jackie Zykan; and Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris. “Juan is the perfect recipe for what we need to manage the Old Forester Distillery,” says President Brown.

Juan’s unique background in the art of whisky making began in the Brown-Forman research and development lab in 2007. Since then, Juan has assumed roles in quality, operations, and corporate engineering, as well as a management position at Jack Daniel Distillery. Juan has also held various leadership positions within Brown-Forman Distillery Operations, giving him the well-rounded skills for this new role as the Old Forester Distillery Manager.

In this role, Juan will oversee the whisky making craft for the Old Forester family of brands.  He will lead the operations team at the Old Forester Distillery showcasing the brand while ensuring the team plays an active role in what they hope will be a highly engaging consumer and visitor experience.

Find more news and renderings of the new facility here.

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.