Collection: The Bard Distillery
Thomas was raised on Isaac’s farm in Muhlenberg County. He is the 4th great grandson of William Bard, the founder of Bardstown. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and a mechanical engineer, his background is in industrial quality control and continuous improvement. Thomas spent many years in motorsports, working through the stock car ranks and serving many roles, including tire changer, jack man, fabricator, tire specialist, and crew chief. Family lore had always made mention of the direct link to Bardstown and bourbon, and Thomas decided it was time for the family to take a bigger role in the spirit to which the family was so closely linked.
Kimberly Carter Bard
Kim hails from Tallahassee, Florida. Although her professional resume includes a Master’s Degree in Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University and many years in the education field, she is best known for her years as a racer in the Nascar Busch (now XFINITY) series, and as a driver for Monster Jam in Central America. She now drives monster trucks in Australia. She lives with her husband, Thomas, on the family farm in Kentucky. Their home sits on the very spot where Isaac Bard built his house nearly 200 years ago.
In 2015, Thomas and Kim Bard purchased a large, beautiful, art-deco style facility built high on a hill overlooking Graham, Kentucky. It became the centerpiece of the community.
They are now going through the painstaking process of renovating the enormous space into a world class craft distillery and tourist destination, while still maintaining the fabric of the historical buildings. The years have taken a tole on the nearly 100 year old site, but the bones are strong, the design is gorgeous, and the layout and location is perfect for the distillery and entertainment venue that they have envisioned.