Tom and Kim Bard work in The Bard Distillery in the former Graham High School gymnasium Friday. The craft distillery will host a soft grand opening Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The bung hammer Tom is holding was once used AS a prop for Uncle Fester on the television series “The Munsters.”

Once you start getting to know Tom and Kim Bard, it is very easy to see how the couple decided to jump into the Kentucky distillation industry. The surname should be any Kentuckian’s first clue – Tom’s fourth great-grandfather is William Bard, one of the founders of Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World.

“My family certainly has been aware of our connections to the founding
of Bardstown and long history of bourbon distilleries in the region,” Tom said Friday. “It is
something we discuss at reunions and that sort of thing, but we never had any connection to the industry.”

*For more information, see the October 8 edition of the Leader-News.

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