For Immediate Release – September 28, 2016
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today proudly welcomed Jeptha Creed Distillery as its newest and 32nd member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
The first distillery in Shelby County since Prohibition, Jeptha Creed is slated to open to the public later this year. The 64-acre, family-owned property includes the distillery, farm, a visitor center and event space available for rentals.
“Jeptha Creed embodies the integrity and tradition that is historic to our legendary industry. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them as a member of our distilling family,” KDA President Eric Gregory said.
Jeptha Creed’s farm-to-bottle products will include three different Bourbons made with heirloom Bloody Butcher Corn – a corn variety that, when dried, turns a deep red color and adds a sweetness to the product.
In addition to their Bourbons, Jeptha Creed will produce flavored and unflavored vodkas and moonshines. The distillery is located just off exit 32 in Shelby County and is visible from Interstate 64.
The company is owned and run by the Nethery family. Joyce Nethery, a chemical engineer, and her farmer and entrepreneur husband, Bruce, use only high-quality, locally sourced ingredients to meet consumers’ high expectations.
“We are honored and blessed to be able to join such a prestigious organization,” Joyce Nethery said. “We look forward to living up to the KDA’s standards.”
The Nethery’s daughter, Autumn, also part-owner in the family business, is excited to offer guests a place to visit, hang out and spend time. The property features a tasting room, retail shop and a 5,000-square-foot patio that overlooks the farm and barrel-aging barns.
Learn more about Jeptha Creed at www.jepthacreed.com.
Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.
Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $3 billion economic engine that generates more than 15,400 jobs with an annual payroll topping $700 million and pours $166 million into state and local coffers each year.
The KDA’s world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures also set attendance records last year with nearly 900,000 guests touring an all-time high of 19 participating distilleries.
In addition, KDA member distilleries are in the middle of a $1.3 billion building boom, Gregory said, from innovative new tourism centers to expanded production facilities, all to meet the growing global thirst for Kentucky’s signature spirit.
As further proof of the Bourbon renaissance, the KDA recently announced that state distilleries filled nearly 1.9 million barrels of Bourbon last year, the largest amount in nearly a half-century, and paid a record $17.8 million in barrel taxes that fund education and public safety.
There are now 1.5 barrels for every person living in Kentucky.
“The addition of Jeptha Creed will enhance the visitor experience and further showcase our Kentucky Bourbon culture and genteel Southern hospitality,” Gregory said. “We look forward to working with them to promote, protect and elevate our timeless craft.”
For more information, contact:
Eric Gregory, KDA President, (502) 875-9351
Joyce Nethery, Jeptha Creed, (502) 529-1879
The KDA is a non-profit trade association founded in 1880 to promote, protect and elevate Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Heritage members include Beam Suntory (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark), Brown-Forman Corp. (Old Forester and Woodford Reserve), Diageo North America, Four Roses Distillery, Heaven Hill Brands, Michter’s Distillery and Wild Turkey Distillery. Proof members include the Louisville Distilling Company and Willett Distillery.
Craft members include Alltech’s Town Branch Distillery, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Barrel House Distilling Co., Bluegrass Distillers, Boone County Distilling Company, Boundary Oak Distillery, Casey Jones Distillery, Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, Corsair Artisan Distillery, Dueling Grounds Distillery, Hartfield & Co. Distillery, Jeptha Creed Distillery, Kentucky Artisan Distillery, Kentucky Mist Moonshine, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., Limestone Branch Distillery, MB Roland Distillery, New Riff Distillery, The Old Pogue Distillery, O.Z. Tyler Distillery, Second Sight Spirits and Wilderness Trail Distillery. The Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the KDA’s official educational distillery.
For more information about joining the KDA’s distilling family, contact KDA President Eric Gregory at (502) 875-9351. Visit www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com to learn more.
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