New Riff Distilling breaks ground on Northern Kentucky warehouse

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New Riff Distilling broke ground on a more than $10 million barrel storage warehouse in Silver Grove expected to create five new jobs for Kentucky residents.

“We appreciate the support of state and local leadership for New Riff Distilling and the bourbon industry statewide,” said Ken Lewis, New Riff Distilling founder and CEO. “We are proud of the products we make and the people who make them and look forward to continuing to not just make great whiskey and gin, but to support our community through our success.”

The new 55,000-square-foot warehouse will be located on ten acres in Silver Grove. The company hopes it will help meet growing customer demand at the flagship distillery in Newport.

The facility is expected to be operational by next spring.

The Silver Grove project represents further growth for New Riff which last year expanded its Newport distillery to accommodate three new fermenters and increase production to 12,000 barrels annually, a 50 percent increase in capacity.

“I am happy to see yet another distillery grow its presence in the commonwealth as New Riff Distilling continues to build its footprint in Northern Kentucky,” said Gov. Andy Beshear, in a statement. “This is a rapidly growing company that highlights the strength of Kentucky’s bourbon sector, and I look forward to seeing what they achieve next. Congratulations to the leaders at New Riff and to everyone in Campbell County and the surrounding region who is benefitting from the company’s success.”

New Riff was founded in 2014 and released its first products to market in 2018. It has since grown to distribute to 16 states.

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The distillery produces bourbon, rye, and gin, with its bourbon and rye offerings available in single-barrel selections, in addition to a private-barrel selection program.

Wednesday’s groundbreaking builds on recent bourbon and spirits growth in Kentucky. The state’s spirits industry has announced more than 50 new-location or expansion projects totaling over $1.1 billion in planned investments and creating more than 900 announced full-time jobs, according to state figures. Currently, approximately 60 spirits facilities directly employ more than 5,300 people. The commonwealth’s bourbon sector is a nearly $9 billion signature industry in Kentucky, generating more than 22,500 jobs with an annual payroll exceeding $1.23 billion, the state said. 

Just down the river, the Augusta Distillery broke ground on a new facility this week. 

Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery congratulated the leadership at New Riff on their continued success and the newest location in the county.

“New Riff is a homegrown success story, and we’re thrilled to see this expansion taking place in Campbell County,” Pendery said. “Northern Kentucky’s bourbon trail, the B-Line, is the gateway to Kentucky’s bourbon experiences. New Riff is an excellent launching point for visitors to the Cincinnati region wanting to sample and learn about bourbon.”

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED President and CEO Lee Crume noted the bourbon industry is growing, and the region is an ideal location to serve Kentucky and the Cincinnati area.

“Kentucky bourbon is recognized all over the world, and Ken Lewis has built an internationally recognized company and award-winning collection of bourbon, rye, and Kentucky Wild Gin,” Crume said. “Congratulations to Ken and his team on this expansion and their success.”

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