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Farm Distillery Day at Locust Grove

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a 19th century farm distillery as we prepare a period mash!

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Farm Distillery Day at Locust Grove
Saturday, May 8, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a 19th century farm distillery as we prepare a period mash! The Locust Grove Farm Distillery project represents the small farm-scale distilling activities of early Kentucky, before mass production. Learn how whiskey would be made—from grain to still—and how distilling was one of the best ways to preserve excess grain and fruit crops. As distilling was often the work of enslaved workers, especially women, you'll hear about their impact on the small farm economy of the early 19th century. In 1808, the year William Croghan of Locust Grove acquired his still, Kentucky’s whiskey had not yet developed into the now distinct Bourbon. While some of the elements were there, Locust Grove’s whiskey was likely white and unaged, never having touched the inside of a barrel.
In partnership with Kentucky Artisan Distillery, Spirits of French Lick, and Brooks Grain.