Eades Whisky Heads West To Kentucky Bourbon Country For Field Trip

Photos By Patricia Jones : John McCray of Eades Distillery in Lovingston checks out one of the bourbon barrels on a recent fact finding mission to Kentucky Bourbon Country.

Near Loretto, Kentucky
We’ve been telling you about Eades Whisky and their Virginia Distillery Company for over two years now.

Our January 2011 print story about Eades construction progress just north of Lovingston, Virginia. Click on magazine image above to read.

Above our June 2010 story in the print edition about Eades breaking ground just north of Lovingston. Click on the issue image above to read.

Within the past few days the folks from Eades completed a trip to the heart of Bourbon Country. Kentucky! “Our trip to was designed to meet with industry professionals who could help us identify sources for the used bourbon barrels we will need to age our whisky. We also wanted to identify master distillers we can bring into our project to complement the ones we are already working with in Scotland,” said Pat Jones of Virginia Distillery company in Lovingston.

John McCray of Virginia (Eades) Distillery Company gets the privilege of dipping a Makers Mark bottle on their recent field trip to Kentucky's Bourbon Country.

“We were overwhelmed by how generous and collaborative the Kentucky whiskey industry is. They all know each other, share information and work together to make certain Kentucky bourbon is the best it can be,” Pat added.

A technician mans the distillery computer operations in Kentucky's Bourbon Country.

We also examined different options for warehousing barrels of whisky. There are several different methods that we wanted to see first hand and learn the pros and cons.
We were trying to learn from mistakes others have made,” Pat continued.

VDC will soon be adding windows and doors along with a staircase from the mezzanine to the ground floor.

Look for morte updates along the way to opening!


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