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Wheel Horse Whiskey is made at the historic Owensboro Distilling Company in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The site of the 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.

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

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 distillery 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.

The Wheel Horse brand is a collaboration between Owensboro Distilling and Latitude Beverage, an independent bottler and a leading wine and spirits company.

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