Kentucky Cooperage Expands European Operations by Opening Cooperage in Ireland

In shock, yet no doubt, incredibly welcomed news for the Irish whiskey industry, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel, a subsidiary of Independent Stave Company, is expanding operations with the opening of a cooperage facility in Ireland.

The company will commence doing business under the name Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ireland on September 1, 2021. Their new facility will be located in Newbridge in Co. Kildare. Kildare is already the location of one of their European sales offices on the aptly named John’s Lane in Naas, Co. Kildare.

According to the press release, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ireland “will provide a direct supply of high-quality, ready-to-fill used barrels to the Irish and UK spirits industries. Used spirit and specialty barrels will be received, inspected, and
repaired at the Newbridge facility before being shipped to customers. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ireland
will also represent the new barrel and oak alternative portfolios of their sister companies around the
world, which will bring new products and innovation into the market.”

Managing Partner, Tim Ratliff is quoted in the release stating, “I am excited to offer direct barrel supply, local quality assurance and expertise, and complete cask
lifecycle services to the distilleries in this region. Expanding into the European market will benefit our customers on a global level.”

“Kentucky Bourbon Barrel identified the need for additional used barrels and service in this region and is excited to expand its portfolio for current and future customers,” said Independent Stave Company, CEO
Brad Boswell.

“We plan to build upon our current success – expanding our sales and operational efforts and working with distilleries in Ireland and the UK to meet their supply needs.”

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel is a family-owned business, who specialise in selling high quality, ready-for-filling used
barrels to distilleries, wineries and breweries around the world.

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