Kentucky Distillery Acquisition

Daniel Hewlette Company News

As of May 5th, 2014, we are the proud owners of the old Charles Medley Distillery in historic Owensboro, Kentucky.

The Old Charles Medley Distillery, Owensboro, KY

The Old Charles Medley Distillery, Owensboro, KY

To purchase the facility we formed a subsidiary called TerrePURE® Kentucky Distillers, which you will surely see in some of the news stories that may pop up (rest assured, we are working on a more graceful name for the facility itself).

There has been a distillery on this site since 1885, then known as the “Green River Distillery.” The Green River Distillery unfortunately burned to the ground in 1918, just as the prohibition movement was gaining steam. Luckily, prohibition’s end in 1933 paved the way for the existing facility’s construction in 1936. In 1940 the Medley family purchased the facility and distilled fine whiskey until 1993.

In 2007 it was sold to Angostura and renamed “Charles Medley Distillers Kentucky,” after master distiller Charles Medley. Angostura started some renovations in 2008, but failed to bring it back into operating condition before their parent company, CL Financial, ran into some financial difficulties, forcing them to sell the property.

Thats where Terressentia comes in. We’ve been working on the acquisition for the last 6 months and are thrilled to see it finalized today. From here we plan on spending several million dollars to renovate the facility, bringing it back to its former glory and bringing the thriving bourbon industry back to Owensboro.

Current plans target a production capacity of around 2 million proof gallons of bourbon per year, though we will likely produce some other whiskey products as well. With seven aging warehouses on-site, each with a capacity of around 20,000 barrels, the facility has a lot of potential.

Of course we will also be bringing our TerrePURE® technology to the facility as well, which will allow us to share the fruits of our renovation labor with the public in record time. Renovations are planned to start in 2015 and take about 12-18 months.

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