Jeptha Creed Distillery Tour Review

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Jeptha Creed Distillery offers a variety of tours and tasting experiences. Visitors learn about the distillery's history and production process, and sample their spirits. An onsite bar and cafe offer a variety of cocktails, flights and neat pours, as well as a menu of small bites, salads, and pizzas. Learn more in our full review!
Jeptha Creed Distillery
500 Gordon Lane
Shelbyville, KY 40065
(502) 487-5007
Tour Review

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Jeptha Creed is a Ground to Glass Distillery

The Jeptha Creed Distillery first opened to the public on November 11, 2016, making it, at the time, one of the more recent additions to the Kentucky distillery line-up. However, preparations had begun years prior to opening. The Nethery family that owns Jeptha Creed grows, or locally sources, as many of the ingredients used in their spirits, as possible. This “ground to glass” philosophy is an ambitious endeavor and takes some time.

Heirloom Corn - Jeptha Creed Distillery Tour Review
Heirloom Corn – Jeptha Creed Distillery Tour Review
Jeptha Creed’s Bourbon Line Is Continuously Expanding

One unique feature of Jeptha Creed Distillery, in addition to being mother and daughter owned, is that they use their own farm grown Bloody Butcher corn as the majority grain in all their spirits. The distillery produces a variety of flavored and unflavored vodkas and moonshines, and their first Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was released back in May 10, 2019, although some younger small batches were released earlier.

Jeptha Creed's Bourbons
Jeptha Creed’s Bourbons

Since the time of our first visit, their bourbon line has significantly expanded, and has also had much more time to age. They now have a Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon, as well as a Red, White & Blue Bourbon, in addition to their original Four Grain Bourbon. The Red, White & Blue includes other heirloom corns, as well as the Bloody Butcher. In fact, In May 2024, they will be releasing a 6 year old wheated bourbon, a first for the distillery!

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Our Jeptha Creed Distillery Tour Began At The Bar
Jeptha Creed Distillery Bar & Cafe
Jeptha Creed Distillery Bar & Cafe

On our initial visit, back in May 2019, we made our tour reservations online. We arrived at the distillery early, as we wanted to grab a bite to eat. They serve a small, but tasty, menu in their comfortable and spacious bar area. Seating is available at the bar or at tables, and one can have drinks and/or food at either. We opted to sit at the bar. Cocktails made with Jeptha Creed spirits, spirit flights, neat pours, as well as wine, beer, mocktails and slushies, are available. The current food menu (as of April 2024) consists of a range of small bites, as well as salads and house made pizzas. After a pleasant meal, we were ready for our tour (and tasting)!

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Next We Learned Distillery History
Event Space - Jeptha Creed Distillery Tour Review
Jeptha Creed Event Space

Our tour began with a brief history of the Jeptha Creed Distillery and Nethery family, then a walk through their large event space, which has both indoor and outdoor areas. During our visit, they were busy setting up for a wedding; it looked wonderful and we were wishing that we were invited. Unfortunately, we were not.

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On To The Production Area

We then headed back to the distillery production area. First, we watched a brief movie about the distillery, narrated by Autumn Nethery, the daughter of the mother and daughter ownership team. Around us were the grains and grain processing areas, and the distillery cats. The cats, Barley, Malt, Rye, and Wheat were found as kittens on the distillery property during construction, and now are a permanent part of the distillery family.

Jeptha Creed Distillery Stills
Jeptha Creed Distillery Stills

From there we went farther into the distillery, and were given a brief lesson on the production process, complete with a white board and diagrams. We were shown the cooker and the fermenters, and then moved on to the stills. There are 2 column stills and one hybrid still, as well as a “thumper”, which is used to for second distillation, turning the “low wine” into “high wine” and allowing production of higher proof distillates.

The Gift Shop & Tasting Bar

Our tour then finished back in the gift shop at the tasting bar, where we could choose four of Jeptha Creed’s spirits to sample. As they have multiple varieties of vodka and moonshine, as well as their bourbon, this was no easy task. There is something to suit everyone’s palate. After the tasting, we were free to browse the gift shop, which is very warmly decorated with comfortable leather furniture scattered throughout it, or to head back to the bar for food and/or drinks.

Gift Shop
Gift Shop

Since our initial visit, more distillery experiences are now available. These include

  • Distillery Tour – which is similar to what we did, lasts an hour and includes a tasting
  • Barrel Tasting – takes place in the barrel barns, lasts an hour, and includes a presentation about Jeptha Creed Distillery’s history as well as a personal tasting straight from the barrel.
  • Mixology Class – guests learn about Jeptha Creed and Bloody Butcher Corn and make two bourbon cocktails under the guidance of a cocktail mixologist; lasts 1 hour & includes a rocks glass
  • Spirit Tasting – a free tasting of quarter ounce pours of Jeptha Creed’s Bourbons; lasts 30 minutes
  • Note that not all experiences are available at all times of operation. Check the Jeptha Creed website for details and online reservations
Barrel Barns
Photo credit: Jeptha Creed Distillery
Barrel Barns
Photo credit: Jeptha Creed Distillery
Conclusion – Jeptha Creed Distillery Tour Review

Overall, our Jeptha Creed Distillery tour gave us a nice overview of the distillery and spirits. Our tour guide was friendly and enthusiastic, and his passion for the distillery was contagious. With more experience options and bourbons available today than at the time of our visit, Jeptha Creed is certainly worth a visit!

Would you like to learn about some of Jeptha Creed’s bourbons? Then check out our Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon, Jeptha Creed Red White & Blue Bourbon and Jeptha Creed Bottled In Bond Rye Bourbon reviews!

Original Visit Date: May 2019; Updated April 2024

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