“We’re thrilled that Bourbon production has returned to Owensboro, which has a rich and deep history in our legendary industry,” Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory said. “And it’s always wonderful to see one of our landmark distilleries restored to its glory.”
“On behalf of the KDA and all our members, we proudly welcome the O.Z. Tyler Distillery to our hallowed ranks, and applaud and congratulate the entire Terressentia team on its investment and success. Thank you for returning Bourbon to Daviess County.”
The O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky has joined the association as a craft-level member. Built on the Ohio River in 1885 The Green River Distillery was once a major producer of Kentucky Bourbon before burning to the ground in 1918. It was rebuilt after Prohibition and operated as the Charles W. Medley Distillery from 1936 to 1993. The long dormant production facility was acquired by Terressentia of South Carolina in 2014 and recently named the O.Z. Tyler Distillery.
Terressentia has invested $25 million toward a massive restoration of the 26-acre site including six warehouses, a 54-inch column still capable of producing 32,000 barrels annually. The distillery resumed production earlier this month and is expected to create 75 full-time jobs. Based on the distilleries volume capability, they are expected to move up beyond the associations craft level once their production and barrel inventories increase over the next year.
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“We are delighted to join the KDA and appreciate the warm welcome extended, as well as that received from the Owensboro community,” said Terressentia CEO Earl Hewlette. “The local vendors and contractors have been great to work with and we have found the community to be a real draw for the staff members we needed to relocate there.”
“Everyone seems to have a story to tell about relatives who worked at the distillery at one point or another. It feels like a homecoming of sorts, particularly for Jacob Call, our third-generation distiller from Bardstown.”
The distillery is located at 10 Distillery Road in Owensboro. Its gift shop is open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. CST Monday through Friday, with tours and tastings available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.