Distillery’s opening set for late summer

Abigail Gibson

PIKEVILLE — The construction of Dueling Barrels has made great progress despite weather setbacks.


Workers have completed the foundation and basement, and hope to have the building completed by late summer. This will be followed by four to five months of process engineering to install the brewing and distilling system.


The $10 million project at 745 Hambley Blvd. in downtown Pikeville next to the Jenny Wiley Theatre is planned to represent a sophisticated moonshine distillery, with a visitor’s center.


The visitor experience will celebrate Appalachian history and the role of moonshine in the region’s culture.


The facility will produce Dueling Barrels Bourbon, Dueling Barrels Moonshine and Pikeville Ale. While Dueling Barrels will be part of the Alltech Beverage Division, its manufacturing and production will be different from that of Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. in Lexington.


Dueling Barrels will be able to brew and distill approximately 45,000 barrels. Two new beers, Pikeville Ale and Pikeville Porter, will be available in the Dueling Barrels facility.


Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company is a unique stop on the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and one of only a handful of joint brewing and distilling operations in the world. Alltech founder and president Dr. Pearse Lyons, Irish biochemist and entrepreneur, acquired the 200-year-old Lexington Brewing Company in 1999.


Alltech is a leading global biotechnology company whose mission is to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural and scientific innovation.


For more information about Alltech, please visit duelingbarrels.com.