Louisville’s Luckett & Farley Designs Clyde May’s Distillery in Troy, Alabama
Conecuh Brands, LLC opens its new distillery, Conecuh Ridge Distillery, in Troy, AL. The distillery will produce Clyde May’s Alabama whiskey, bourbon and rye.
This new distillery has been years in the making and will bring the city of Troy, AL to the national spotlight. Named for Alabama’s moonlit folk hero, the brand has won awards from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Wine Enthusiast, the New York Wine & Spirits Competition, and most recently, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
“We also distribute Clyde May’s brand in all 50 states and internationally. However, this unprecedented move permanently establishes the brand’s home in Troy, AL. Clyde May, the man, World War II hero , a family man and an expert whiskey maker, got his start in this part of the country. Our distillery carries on his legacy for generations to come”, said Dennis.
The distillery will be built on 76 acres and was designed by Luckett & Farley of Louisville, KY. Initially, a 24-inch column would still be in operation with room for additional stills. The current plan includes a rechouse, gift shop, restaurant and tasting room with a 10,000 barrel capacity.
“I am very proud that my grandfather’s legacy will carry on. Clyde May has the official spirit of the state of Alabama and the first official state spirit. The fact that Clyde May is coming home is exciting to me and my family,” LC May, Clyde May’s ambassador and Clyde May’s grandson.
Planned for the distillery will include a street named Clyde, Clyde May Way, as an enduring honor for the man who created the brand. The architecture was inspired by the legacy of Clyde May. One of the distillery’s specialties is an immersive experience that will capture the local tradition and trailblazing ingenuity of Clyde’s.
The principles of ‘an authentic experience’ guided the design process with the guests in mind. The Distillery Ground will include a mill, Still House, Rick House and a bottling factory with a restaurant, museum, gift shop, apple orchard and amphitheater.
The distillery is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023; Production will begin immediately and the first product produced from the facility is anticipated to be released in 2027.
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