Silver Trail Distillery’s Story of Survival

Kentucky had not had a fatal distillery accident since Prohibition until the morning of April 24, 2015, when the still at the Silver Trail Distillery suddenly over-pressurized and exploded. Distillers Jay Rogers and Kyle Rogers were hit with a blast of steam followed by burning alcohol, and both men suffered severe burns. Kyle Rogers died 17 days later at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while Jay Rogers spent more than two months in the burn unit before he was released. He and Silver Trail founder Spencer Balentine share their stories of survival, the generosity of Kentucky’s whiskey community, their future plans, and pay tribute to Kyle Rogers in this episode of WhiskyCast HD.

Links: Silver Trail/LBL Distillery | Kentucky State Fire Marshal | Revenoor Stills

Mark Gillespie

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