Booze | October 26, 2021 7:30 am

Horse Soldier Unveils Design for New Kentucky Distillery

It'll be part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Horse Soldier
Horse Soldier Farms' Distillery, Village, and natural areas.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP (RSHP)

When you’re trying to get people interested in your whiskey, having a good story to tell can be critical. And the people behind Horse Soldier, a distillery founded in 2015 by a group of Green Berets who had previously fought on horseback in Afghanistan in 2001, certainly have a compelling origin story. All of which leads to the next step for any up-and-coming distillery: namely, finding a permanent home that could become a destination for bourbon drinkers across the country.

This month, Horse Soldier has done exactly that. At Dezeen, Jane Englefield chronicled the announcement of Horse Soldier Farms, situated in Somerset, Kentucky — which is slated to become a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

From a design perspective, Horse Soldier Farm has a distinctive look and feel, courtesy of architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. This isn’t the firm’s first distillery — they’re also responsible for The Macallan’s distillery, and the two projects have a lot in common. Both make striking use of wood and curved angles, creating a sense of architecture that’s in tune with the landscape around it rather than trying to overwhelm it.

In keeping with the distillery’s historical roots, the complex will also include a replica of America’s Response Memorial situated in a water garden along with design elements echoing the World Trade Center. When complete, the distillery will also include event spaces and a lodge where travelers can book a stay.