LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It is one of the country's fastest-growing bourbon brands, and it is moving to downtown Louisville.  The new Angel's Envy distillery will mean new jobs and a boost in tourism.

In just a few months, the abandoned, crumbling building will become a showcase for downtown Louisville.  The governor and the mayor helped break ground on the new $12 million headquarters of the Angel's Envy distillery.

It will be located in the century-old Vermont American building that has sat vacant for some 25 years.

"We wanted to be on the Main Street corridor. And this project and this facility was an historical building that was just kind of calling out for someone to step in and restore it," said Wes Henderson, COO of Angel's Envy.

Kentucky is investing some $800,000 in tax credits.

"This is an exciting project for a number of reasons. First of all, as I mentioned, the creation of 40 new jobs will help a number of our Kentucky families increase their economic security during this challenging economic time. Secondly, it's another development in our internationally known bourbon industry," said Gov. Steve Beshear.

The Angel's Envy brand is just three years old, but various publications have named it one of the best bourbons in the world.  Sales have doubled since the brand was launched, and it's now one of the largest independent distillers in the country,

"We broke the mold with our barrel finishes and that's really what set us apart, and we've continued to innovate," said Henderson.

Angel's Envy is the fourth bourbon-related business to locate on Main St. And the first full functional distillery in downtown Louisville in 100 years.

The company will also offer public tours of the operation.  "It is good for the business of the city. It's fabulous for the jobs that are going to be created here. But it's also fabulous for the growth in tourism," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Angel's Envy will begin distilling operations in 90 days and be fully functional by the end of next year.

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