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Green River Distilling Co. Tour
(Formerly O.Z. Tyler Distillery)
The Green River Distilling Co. is located in Owensboro, Kentucky. Their story began when J.W. McCulloch began making Green River Whiskey back in 1885. Interestingly, his slogan was “The Whiskey Without A Headache”. For obvious reasons, the use of that slogan was not allowed to endure, and the current version is “Whiskey without Regrets”. Although one could dispute that one as well (sort of reminds me of “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”), that’s the slogan that is used today. Let’s hope it’s true!?
Green River Distilling Distillery History and TerrePURE
The distillery has a complex history. It was essentially completely destroyed by fire back in 1918. After Prohibition, it was revived and subsequently became the Medley Distillery. It then changed hands a number of times. In 2014, the distillery was purchased by the Terressentia Corporation which renamed it the O.Z. Tyler Distillery in honor of the company founder. O.Z. Tyler produced whiskeys utilizing their patented TerrePURE system, a process for rapidly aging spirits. The company has since gone full circle and has recently been renamed the Green River Distilling Co. Along those same lines, Terressentia Corp was renamed the Green River Spirits Company. Green River Distilling and Green River Spirits were then purchased by Bardstown Bourbon Company in 2022. The TerrePURE system is also no longer used, and the current Green River whiskeys are being matured the old fashioned way – spending time in the barrel.
We visited Green River Distilling back in April 2021 and it’s a really cool place. It’s an historic distillery, but also has modern updates, as well. I hope you enjoy this short video about the distillery. There is also a full write up with lots of pictures on BourbonObsessed.com. Cheers!🥃
Want to see another short distillery video? Check out our Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center Virtual Tour!
Original visit: April 2021. Updated: October 2023
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