The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) announced today the hiring of John Hargrove, the former Master Distiller and Distillery Manager at the neighboring Barton Brands 1792 in Bardstown, Kentucky. Mr. Hargrove will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the distillery, interfacing with BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Partners, and working closely with Steve Nally, BBCo’s Master Distiller, in advancing BBCo’s distillery innovation program and the development of BBCo’s brands.
“John Hargrove is a fast rising star in the whiskey industry, and we could not be prouder to have him join the exceptional team we’re building at The Bardstown Bourbon Company,” said David Mandell, President & CEO, The Bardstown Bourbon Company. “With the rapid expansion of The Bardstown Bourbon Company’s distillery operations, it’s critical we attract the most talented individuals to continue to produce the highest quality whiskey, bourbon, and rye for ourselves and our customers.”
Mr. Hargrove comes to BBCo with and extensive background in contract manufacturing, quality control, customer service, and whiskey distilling. John started with Sazerac as the Quality/Continuous Improvement Manager at the Barton 1792 Distillery and quickly rose through the ranks to Master Distiller. Prior to joining Sazerac, John obtained a wealth of experience working with Quaker Oats/PepsiCo in various roles where he had the opportunity to focus on innovation, process improvement, and project management.
“I’m excited to join a company like BBCo that is reshaping the whiskey industry,” said John Hargrove. “The Bardstown Bourbon Company is supplying some of the finest brands in the world, with its one-of-a-kind, custom whiskey production program, and I am eager to help advance their growth.”
John will lead a distilling team with more than 30 production employees. The team has an average of more than 15 years of whiskey making experience, working with world-class distilleries such as, including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Barton Brands, and Heaven Hill. John joins the company at a time of fast-paced growth. Due to the success of the BBCo Collaborative Distilling Program and massive demand for custom, authentic, Kentucky whiskey products, the company recently expanded the distillery to its current three million proof gallon capacity.
Mr. Hargrove replaces Tom Crume, who retires from BBCo as the Distillery Manager on September 1, 2017. John will start at BBCo on September 15, 2017.