(Newport, KY)-- The 30,000 square foot New Riff Distillery and Event Center is now open in Newport.

The new working distillery, which features a 3-story copper still, will offer free tours and is expected to have a major economic impact in the area. The visits are expected to bring in 40,000 people in the first year. 

The facility is now 11th stop on the the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.  The Distillers Association started the craft tour to highlight Kentucky's micro-distilleries. Over 60,000 people took part in the trail last year.