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Lexington’s 1st Legal Distillery, RD1

Lexington’s 1st Legal Distillery, RD1

Lexington-based RD1 Spirits became the 47th distillery to join the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the distillers’ group announced Thursday. RD1 Spirits were initially founded in 1865 as the Ashland Distillery and became the first company to obtain a federally registered distillery license in Lexington. The distillery closed due to Prohibition in 1933 but was revived with its current name in 2020. RD1 Spirits, which received its Class B distiller’s license in December, anticipates beginning construction on its new facility by the end of the first quarter of 2022. The inaugural RD1 Spirits releases pay tribute to William Tarr, who purchased Ashland...

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New Distillery Connects with Bourbon History

New Distillery Connects with Bourbon History

Manchester Street is the corridor to the Distillery District. The area is not only a hotspot in Lexington but a connection to bourbon history. The team behind WM Tarr’s Award-winning whiskies wanted to resurrect the legacy of Lexington's first federally registered distillery. In 1865, that was Ashland Distillery and today, it’s now known as RD1. https://www.lex18.com/rebound/new-distillery-to-connecting-bourbon-history

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Manchester Reserve Launch

Manchester Reserve Launch

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Wm. Tarr Distillery today announced the availability of Old Wm. Tarr Manchester Reserve, the first product of the revived, historic distillery. The Kentucky straight blended whiskey may be purchased online at wmtarrdistillery.com for curbside pickup or at hundreds of retail establishments across Kentucky.  Jill Bakehorn, owner of an event venue and a catering company on Lexington’s Manchester Street, discovered the remarkable history of William Tarr and decided to bring back the brand and legacy with co-founder Barry Brinegar, a Lexington marketing executive and bourbon aficionado. “Our first release is an exceptional product, a 7-year Kentucky bourbon blended...

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