Thursday, September 20, 2018

Where Was the Frankfort Distillery?

The Frankfort Distillery, when it was in Frankfort.
It's a trick question.

If you guessed Frankfort, Kentucky, you are only half right. After Prohibition, the Frankfort Distillery relocated to Shively (a suburb of Louisville), but it kept the Frankfort name.

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The illustration, by the way, is of the pre-Prohibition Frankfort Distillery at Forks of Elkhorn, about three miles east of Frankfort. That site today looks completely different. It hosts a bottling and distribution facility for Beam Suntory.

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NOTE: Turns out, the picture above is not the pre-pro Frankfort Distillery. It is the Kenner Taylor Distillery built after Prohibition at the same site. The photo below is of the real pre-pro Frankfort.


Anonymous said...

Grew up in Frankfort and often wondered where the old Frankfort distillery was located. An old map of the layout of the distillery places it alongside Elkhorn Creek an area that makes me wonder if it is where Old Granddad now sit? Curious about the distillery located on Benson Creek too.

Chuck Cowdery said...

Yes, same site as the current Beam Suntory facility (i.e., Old Grand-Dad). Benson Creek sounds like Old Judge.

Brian (AKA The Dean) said...

Everything OK, Chuck? No posts in October and just wondering if there is some issue with your health. I hope not.

Chuck Cowdery said...

Thanks for your concern, but I'm fine. Just nothing inspiring me right now.

Brian (AKA The Dean) said...

Good to hear.

I'm on a search for some whiskey inspiration, myself.

mozilla said...

Benson creek had a couple distilleries on it...west of Frankfort. Seems like 21 Brands...had a facility there too.