Groundbreaking: New Troy distillery to craft legendary Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey

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Governor Kay Ivey participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Conecuh Ridge Distillery, the maker of Clyde May’s Alabama-style whiskey, new artisan distillery Monday, January 24, 2022 in Troy, Ala. (Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager)

After years in the making, Conecuh Brands, LLC broke ground today on their new distillery Conecuh Ridge Distillery in Troy, Alabama. The distillery will produce Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye, the official spirit of the state of Alabama.

Along with constructing a factory to distill and bottle the whiskey, the distillery grounds will include a mill, still house, rick houses, a restaurant, museum, gift shop, apple orchard, and amphitheater.

Named for an Alabama moonshining folk hero, the Clyde May’s brand has won awards from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Wine Enthusiast, New York Wine & Spirits Competition, and most recently the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

“We distribute the Clyde May’s brand in all 50 states and internationally as well. However, this groundbreaking, permanently establishes the brand’s home in Troy, AL. Clyde May, the man, a WW II war hero, a family man and expert whiskey maker got his start in this part of the country. Our distillery preserves his legacy for generations to come”, said Roy Danis, President and CEO, Conecuh Brands.

Want to learn more about Clyde May? Here is a company video about the legendary moonshiner.

Welcome Back

Governor Kay Ivey, Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves and local leaders were on hand to welcome Conecuh Ridge Distillery at the groundbreaking ceremony. 

“It’s great to welcome Conecuh Ridge Distillery, the maker of Alabama’s official state spirit, back to Troy, Alabama,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “This project is going to be a great addition to the City of Troy and the Pike County community as a whole, and I’m incredibly excited to see the distillery upon completion.”

Production Begins in 2023

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Governor Kay Ivey gave remarks and participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Conecuh Ridge Distillery, the maker of Clyde May’s Alabama-style whiskey, new artisan distillery Monday, January 24, 2022 in Troy, Ala. (Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager)

Construction of the distillery is expected to be completed in Spring of 2023. Production will begin immediately and the first product produced from this facility is projected for release in 2027. The rickhouse, rectangular structure designed solely for storing and aging distilled spirits will have a 10,000 barrel capacity.

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