Thursday, December 24, 2009

History Of Yellowstone, Part Two Of Two.

The Gethsemane Station distillery was rebuilt after Prohibition, but not as Yellowstone and not by Dant. It closed for good in about 1961. The Taylor & Williams name lived on, as both a distillery name and brand name.

After prohibition, J. B. Dant and his son built a new distillery in the Louisville suburb of Shively to make the revived Yellowstone bourbon. Various Beams and Dants were involved in that operation too. Another Louisville-based whiskey maker, Glenmore, bought Yellowstone, brand and distillery, in 1944.

Yellowstone was a significant brand in its heyday, but as a mass or popular price brand, it suffered brutal share losses during bourbon’s sharp decline in the 1970s.

Production started to slow in the 1980s, as bourbon sales declined, and Yellowstone closed for good in 1991. What little bourbon Glenmore was making was being made at Medley in Owensboro. A portion of the Shively plant was later used to make blending spirits from fruit, but it never made whiskey again.

The Yellowstone brand was sold to Luxco, a bottler and rectifier in St. Louis. Luxco is a non-distiller producer which acquires whiskey where it can, much like the way Yellowstone began 137 years ago. Unfortunately, these days it is not very good.

2 comments:

Doctor Tarr said...

The distillery on 7th St has changed hands again. I don't remember the new name, but it's no longer Florida Distillers, and they have painted over the giant Yellowstone bottle; It's now a featureless white.

beer guru, jr. said...

i remember yellowstone's mellow mash label. that wasn't half bad bourbon. as i recall, the late famed whiskey purveyor joe danno (he of the much-missed dive, bucket'o'suds) introduced me to mellow mash. ah, joe danno and whiskey.... they went together like sunshine and summer.