Friday, March 21, 2014
Elijah Craig Descendant Will Open Craft Distillery at Old Crow
Earlier this month the Woodford Sun reported that Neil Craig, a descendant of whiskey pioneer Elijah Craig, has acquired the former Old Crow Distillery near Frankfort. He and a partner intend to install a micro-distillery there in the old bottling house.
Old Crow was a large distillery operated by National Distillers until 1987, when National was acquired by Fortune Brands and merged with Jim Beam Brands. The distillery was immediately closed. Beam and other distillers continued to use the warehouses for several years thereafter. Rev Heart Pine LLC bought it from Beam in 2007. They demolished several buildings, selling the heart pine lumber and vintage bricks. Craig and company bought the 16 acre site in December.
According to the Sun article, they plan to make bourbon, rye, 'moonshine' and spiced rum, producing about 60 gallons of spirit per day. They will have a gift shop and hope to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Craig grew up in Midway and "cherishes his family's roots to Elijah Craig, who has been credited with inventing bourbon whiskey."
So far, all they have is a name and a slogan: "Deviant Distillers, a Little Different, a Lot Better."