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Phoenix Hill distillery to open soon with new concept

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The future tasting room at the distillery. The future tasting room at the distillery.
The face of the building that will house the distillery in Phoenix Hill along Baxter Avenue. The face of the building that will house the distillery in Phoenix Hill along Baxter Avenue.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On the outside of the old Flip Flop Jacks bar on Baxter Avenue, a sign for Derby City Spirits now hangs across the front.

The future distillery in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood is weeks away from opening and has undergone a major transformation.

To accompany the new paint job on the outside, a once beach-themed interior bedecked with disco balls and smiley faces now looks completely different. 

“It's come a long way,” said Jay Blevins, Director of Operations of Derby City Spirits.

Blevins co-owns the distillery and says crews have been busy painting and cleaning to get it ready to open.

There's a custom bourbon barrel walkway inside and a concrete bar top will have a similar look.

The distilling equipment sits in the backroom, in preparation for making alcohol. 

Visitors will also be able to get involved.

“Make their own alcohol with the Master Distiller, which is unheard of in this region. Flavor their own alcohol. Put their own label on it,” said Jay Blevins.

The distillery was originally going to be just moonshine, that's since changed.

“Our distributor said you guys have got to do more than that. We want a full line so we said, you know what, why not. Let's do it. Let's get a full line of everything and make everybody happy because not everybody likes moonshine,” said Harrison Hyden, co-owner and Master Distiller.

There's also a room where you can try and buy the products.

“On the tour they'll be able to taste the vodka, the rum, the gin, and the moonshine- all the different flavors of the moonshine. We're still a little ways out with the bourbon and still a little ways out on the tequila,” said Hyden.

Those behind the concept hope it will bring life to the Phoenix Hill community, helping nearby businesses and a building that once sat empty.

The new distillery will also be rented out for events, with catering from a restaurant next door -- and it's already being booked before it even opens.

“This is truly gonna be a unique destination for Louisville,” said Blevins.

The distillery is expected to open in early April.

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