Secretary of State Grimes celebrates bourbon's birthday at Shelbyville distillery

06/14/2017 04:20 PM

SHELBYVILLE – Today is the 238th “birthday of bourbon” and National Bourbon Day and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes celebrated with a visit to one of Kentucky’s newest bourbon distilleries, Jeptha Creed in Shelbyville.

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, bourbon is an $8.5 billion signature industry in Kentucky, generating 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll of $800 million. Spirits production and consumption pours more than $825 million in federal, state and local tax coffers every year.

“The industry as a whole is signature to the commonwealth,” Grimes said. “I just traveled abroad internationally to Taiwan, where it is known quite well.”

The 15,000-square foot, $3-million distillery, opened in November 2016. The distillery employs 16 people and is known as a “farm-to-glass” operation with production using ingredients grown on-site or at nearby farms.

The owners are mother-daughter team Joyce and Autumn Nethery.

“We are a ground-to-glass farm facility,” Nethery said. “We have 64 acres and are growing all of our own corn. We also grow our own apples, blue berries, black berries, grapes and everything that we can think of to flavor our spirits.”

Jeptha Creed recently joined the Kentucky Distiller’s Association and will be applying to be part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail this September. Nethery credits the state with helping her get the business off the ground.

“We have been awarded some incentives by the Economic Development Cabinet and those are becoming very helpful, very useful right now,” Nethery said.

The Jeptha Creek Distillery is located just off I-64 at exit 32 in Shelbyville.

Grimes weighed in on the shootings this morning in Alexandria, Virginia involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalese, saying that her thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families.

“Obviously, immediate concern and thoughts and prayers to all of those who were involved,” Grimes said. “We send out our condolences to the congressman and the first responders who were there on the spot, and we’re grateful that our Kentucky delegation, everyone is safe and secure.”


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