J.W. McCulloch begins making Green River whiskey. Advertising for the brand include the slogan “Green River – The Whiskey Without A Headache.”
Green River Whiskey is presented with a grand prize at the Leige Exposition in Belgium
A fire ignites after-hours and burns through the distillery. All whiskey, and almost all buildings, are completely lost. The fire ultimately proves to be the fatal blow to the Green River Distillery.
The property is sold to the Kentucky Sour Mash Distilling Company. The company goes bankrupt shortly after rebuilding the facility.
A group of Medley family members band together to purchase the facility and form Medley Distilling Company. For the next 70 years the distillery will change hands a few times, but Medley family members continue in various management roles. Owners include the Renfield Group (1959-1975), Abe Schechter (1975-1988), United Distillers/Glenmore Distilleries (1988-1990), and finally Charles Medley in 1990, who sold the property in 2007.
Terressentia Corporation purchases the distillery and begins renovations. Ron Call, a Master Distiller with 40 years of experience at Jim Beam Brands and Florida Caribbean Distillers, is tapped to consult on the project. Ron’s son, Jacob Call, is brought in to oversee the extensive renovation and, ultimately, manage distillery operations under the O.Z.Tyler name.
The Distillery opens for production and begins laying down whiskey for barrel aging. Ron Call passes the Master Distiller torch to his son, Jacob Call.
The Distillery declared a heritage member of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail and its western most point, reviving the historic distilling history of Owensboro, KY.
History comes full circle; with the support of J.W. McCulloch’s great-grandson, Green River Distilling Co. returns to its original name and begins its next chapter.
We are proud members of the Owensboro business community and proud to be on the Official Kentucky Bourbon Trail.