After more than 18 months of construction, Rabbit Hole Distillery will officially open Tuesday in NuLu.

The project is an $18 million investment in the neighborhood, a dream of founder Kaveh Zamanian. 

“I was telling my wife about this dream, and on occasion she would refer to how I'm going to be taking the family down the rabbit hole," Zamanian said. "And that's how it was born."

It's Zamanian's first crack at the bourbon industry, but he's making a big splash.

“Our tagline is ‘There's no going back,’" he said. "And just as the idea of going down the rabbit hole indicates, once you chase a dream like that, really there is no going back."

Zamanian will open Rabbit Hole on Tuesday, but he's been making the bourbon for years through a contract with a distillery in northern Kentucky. You can already buy it in stores and bars, but you can soon see how it's made.

“We put a lot of thought to make sure the equipment, the water, everything we have is the same," he said. "So there's no flavor drift, and the consistency and quality continues."

Rabbit Hole will produce 20,000 barrels per year. There will also be a full bar and kitchen and event space. Most of the building is made of windows, giving Rabbit Hole visitors a view of both the city and the distilling process.

Although the official ribbon cutting is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, tours won't start until the middle of June.

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