Sitting on the banks of Glenns Creek, sat remnants of the Old Crow Distillery, neglected and abused for three decades. Then, in 2014, David Meier decided to buy it and breathe new life into the old girl. Depending on who you talk to, a project like this is either a dream or a nightmare. With a background in welding, and a passion for fixing and “creating” things, he decided to take a chance and purchase the 16 acres of overgrown and deteriorating buildings that were once one of the work horse distilleries of Col. E H Taylor. You have to have a passion and a thirst for knowledge, history, and a healthy respect for that history when taking on a project of this magnitude. Although Meier had done some small batch distilling, he knew nothing about the logistics of running a distillery. It’s been a steep learning curve. But you can see the love and care that he puts into cleaning up the property. He marches to the beat of his own drum. And that’s OK. This property needed someone like him to come along.
Although the name established cannot continue on with the new owner, rest assured that Glenns Creek Distillery puts out premium product. It’s a craft distillery. And the product is barrel proof. So at the tasting, it’s not for the faint of heart. Like the owner, the spirits are not typical bourbon. With products like “Kentucky Rum” and “O.C.D. #5”, you know you’re not at a typical tasting!
The real treat is being able to step back in time on one of their walking tours, which started up this past Saturday. They are free and open to the public. But space is limited and you have to have reservations. To reserve you spot on the next available tour, find them on Facebook and pick a date under their events tab. The tour lasts about two hours and ends with a tasting. Wear good walking shoes.
We can’t wait to continue to watch the progress of Glenns Creek Distillery – the newest distillery to tap into the bourbon boom!