Distillery and brewery planned in Pikeville, Ky.

Distillery and brewery planned in Pikeville, Ky.

May 20th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - An animal nutrition company plans to begin operating a distillery and brewery in eastern Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Alltech has agreed to purchase a former funeral home in downtown Pikeville that will serve as the location.

The company already operates a brewery and distillery central Kentucky and a distillery in Ireland, where Alltech founder Pearse Lyons is from.

Some leaders in economically depressed eastern Kentucky are looking to tourism to help reinvigorate the region, and they are using the success of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, as a model.

One major draw to that area is the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery.

Alltech has diverse interests, but recently has focused efforts in Ireland.