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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Conecuh Brands Announces Groundbreaking for Clyde Mays Distillery

Conecuh Brands, owners of Clyde Mays, have announced the groundbreaking for a new Clyde Mays Distillery in Troy, Alabama. The groundbreaking occurred on January 24th and was attended by lots of dignitaries, including the governor of Alabama Kay Ivey. 

Governor Ivey says:
It’s great to welcome Conecuh Ridge Distillery, the maker of Alabama’s official state spirit, back to Troy, Alabama. This project is going to be a great addition to the City of Troy and the Pike County community as a whole, and I’m incredibly excited to see the distillery upon completion.

The distillery will be built on 76 acres and was designed by Luckett & Farley of Louisville, KY. Initially a 24 -inch column still will be in operation with room for additional stills. The current plan includes a rickhouse with a 10,000 barrel capacity, gift shop, restaurant, and tasting room.

The distillery is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2023 with the first products produced from the facility being ready in 2027. This will allow Clyde Mays to supplement or discontinue sourcing their bourbon. Today it is made in Kentucky and bottled in Florida.

My Take

One my earliest articles (January of 2019) was a recap of a Clyde Mays dinner I attended at a local country club. Looking back at it, it's some of the best writing and photography in the 475 articles I've published. In that article, I mentioned they were planning to create their own distillery so it's been a long time coming. 

In terms of the distillery and the product... the distillery looks amazing and will be really cool to visit if you're ever in or near Troy Alabama. In terms of the products, I'm incredibly curious how similar the Alabama crafted bourbons are to the current products. As we all know, Alabama has entirely different weather characteristics than Kentucky and that will affect how the bourbon ages and tastes. This is one I'll be keeping an eye on as the years go on. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below.

Source: Conecuh Brands

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