Diageo Distillery

Lebanon, KY

The Diageo Distillery has an approximate 82,500 square feet Distillery Building with an approximate 18,300 square foot Dryhouse Building located on the 144-acre property in Lebanon, Kentucky. The Bulleit Distilling facility became operational in June 2019. 

The design has the capacity to produce up to 10 million proof gallons per year using electrode boilers that are powered by 100% renewable electricity throughout the cooking, distillation, and dry house processes. 

The new Diageo Distillery involved the design of an 11-million-proof-gallon-per-year facility with an attendant dry house. The distillery included amenities:

  1. Grain offloading area
  2. Milling area
  3. Cooking area
  4. Cooling area
  5. Fermenting area
  6. Distillation area
  7. Cutting area
  8. Spirit storage area
  9. Barreling process area
  10. Office
  11. Labs
  12. Utility plant areas

Technical Horizons provided plumbing, HVAC, and process utility design services, including process utility P&ID drawings and control sequences. The designs supplied by Technical Horizons included the following:

  1. Process chilled water with two (2) 350-ton water-cooled chillers, 10,000-gallon chilled water buffer tanks, pumps, and chilled water distribution through the distillery.
  2. Process cooling water system with 6,100 GPM cooling tower, in-ground hot and cold water basins, vertical turbine pumps, water filtration, and cooling water distribution.
  3. Process RO water system with two (2) RO water skids, an 8,000-gallon permeate tank, and two RO water distribution loops.
  4. Process compressed air plant with two (2) 75 Hp air-cooled rotary screw air compressors, a 1550 gallon receiver, desiccant dryer.
  5. The design included process and domestic water throughout the plant, including hot water, ingredient water, and tempered water for safety fixtures.
  6. Sanitary and process drainage was designed which included stainless steel process drainage piping. Outfall piping was directed to a lift station designed for explosive atmospheres with temperature monitoring.
  7. HVAC design was provided to heat, make up air, and ventilate the building. The distillation, spirits storage, and barreling areas were provided with explosion-preventing ventilation, equipment monitoring system, and hazardous fume monitoring system. Offices were provided with a variable air volume heating and air conditioning system.