Frank Marino is biding his time until the first batch of bourbon is ready to go from the Barrel House Distilling Company in four or five years.
Until then, Marino is pushing something a bit different in a
state known for its mint juleps and bourbon - vodka.
Marino and two partners are selling Pure Blue Vodka, a distilled
beverage more associated with Russia than Rockcastle County, where
the water for Barrel House Distilling's new product comes from.
The vodka is on course to land in liquor stores and restaurant
bars early in 2009. Distribution elsewhere in Kentucky is planned
later in 2009. The vodka should sell for about $20 per 750ml
"We need people to buy the vodka to support the other
products," Marino told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Barrel House enters the market at a time when there is a renewed
interest in bourbon and craft distilling. Many distilleries in
central Kentucky folded up shop during Prohibition with just a
handful surviving or distilling in the decades after liquor became