Made in Kentucky

Wheel Horse Whiskey is made at the historic O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The site of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery, on the westernmost edge of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, has housed distilleries for nearly 130 years and has produced Bourbon for brands including Ezra Brooks, Mellow Corn, and Old Medley. The Green River Distillery, first erected on this property in 1885, was the first in Owensboro and the 10th permitted distillery to open in the state of Kentucky.

Like many historic distilleries, however, this distillery has seen its ups and downs, and has changed hands many times throughout its storied past. In fact, for the better part of the past few decades the distillery has been offline and was nearly destroyed. In 2014, a new owner came in to rebuild the distillery and bring it back on line with an eye toward excellence. The new owner brought in Ron Call, a veteran Master Distiller with 40 years of experience at Jim Beam and Florida Caribbean Distillers, to facilitate the next evolution of the distilling operation. Production officially resumed at the newly minted O.Z. Tyler in 2016, and the Master Distiller’s torch was passed on to Ron’s son, Jacob, a seventh generation Kentuckian and a third-generation distiller.

Everything was set up to create the next great Kentucky whiskey.

Wheel Horse is a collaboration between O.Z. Tyler and Latitude Beverage, an independent bottler and a leading wine and spirits company that focuses on building brands that celebrate acclaimed producers. Wheel Horse Rye is the first whiskey released under the Wheel Horse brand and is the first aged rye whiskey to come out of O.Z. Tyler. In the coming years, we plan to release more whiskeys that celebrate this great, historic distillery, and the new path that it is on.