A Day on the Trail: Clyde May’s Whiskey Breaks Ground on New $18 Million 75 Acre Alabama Distillery Destination

The story of Clyde May whiskey started out like many American whiskey stories. Clyde May was a farmer. After returning home from WWII he needed to make some extra money to help make ends meet for his family. That extra money came in the way of moonshine starting back in 1946. Clyde May himself never made a single drop of taxed spirits. In other words, for his entire life he was a bootlegger. And as many bootleggers go, he spent some time in the penitentiary for the pleasure of making his whiskey.

The project was designed by Luckett & Farley of Louisville, Kentucky. “This is an extraordinary project to be a part of,” said Luckett & Farley Architect Dana Zausch. “It’s a rare opportunity to design a distillery from scratch, especially for a brand with such an established reputation and storied history. Capturing Clyde’s spirit meant creating a familiar yet modern aesthetic that respond to the rural Alabama vernacular.”

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