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Log Still Distillery Continues Nelson County, Kentucky, Expansion

Log Still Distillery will move forward with a $24 million phase 2 investment as they open Dant Crossing, a 300-acre campus in Nelson County, Kentucky. The project is expected to create 126 full-time jobs.

The company expects to open additional amenities this year, including a tasting room, amphitheater, restaurant, train depot and event/conference center, with plans to add a visitor’s center, museum and gift shop in 2022. Log Still’s products will include bourbon, rye whiskey and gin under the Monk’s Road brand and a line of Tennessee whiskeys under the Rattle and Snap label.

“We are grateful to Governor Beshear, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet for believing in our vision for Log Still Distillery,” said Wally Dant, Log Still Distillery president/distiller. “We are thrilled to move forward in creating destinations that will bring vibrancy, jobs and economic growth to southern Nelson County and the state of Kentucky as a whole. Southern Nelson County has been home to generations of Dants, and we are honored to help put it back on the tourism attraction map. We look forward to welcoming guests in the weeks, months and years to come.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in March approved Log Still for up to $500,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA) based on the company’s total investment of $24 million. KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing. Log Still also can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network.

“We continue to position Kentucky for a better future while overcoming the challenges we all faced over the past year. The growth, success and support of the distilling industry played an important role last year and will continue to move our state forward,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “Log Still Distillery not only continued with its plans for growth, but expanded those plans in an impressive way. This company’s vision for the future makes it a great fit for Nelson County and for Kentucky.”

Upon the recommendation of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Log Still Distillery received approval from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority for incentives through the Tourism Development Act. Eligible businesses receive an annual reimbursement for taxes paid on qualifying tourism development projects admission tickets, food and gift sales and lodging costs. Log Still Distillery will receive a tax incentive totaling $6 million for its Phase 2 tourism expansion.

“Log Still Distillery will be a true destination experience, unlike anything seen in bourbon country,” added Kim Huston, president of the Nelson County Economic Development Agency. “We are thrilled about all the Dant family is creating here in Nelson County.”

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