In addition to whisky, Adams also produce gin which Greg was mixing when the blaze began. Gin before dilution is up to 95% alcohol (ethanol) – a highly flammable liquid. Its hazardous materials handling is similar to the requirements at an oil refinery.
While this is the first major whisky or gin distillery fire that we know of, recent large distillery fires have occurred in Kentucky, USA, at Heaven Hill in 1996 and Jim Beam in 2019.
Closer to home, Queensland’s Bundaberg Rum distillery also burned in the 1930s after a lightning strike.
It is bound to be every distillery’s worst nightmare and our thoughts are with Greg and his family, as well as Adam, Adam and the entire team at Adams Distillery.
You can join us in supporting a Go Fund Me appeal for the married father of two, set up by his sister.