I am so excited to be partnering with Jeptha Creed Distillery on today’s post! In a matter of a day, they quickly became one of my favorite Kentucky businesses!
First and foremost: it is woman-owned. Enough said, right? The women behind the business = mother and daughter duo, Joyce and Autumn Nethery.
Joyce Nethery serves as the Master Distiller for Jeptha Creed. To quote their website, “As far back as she can remember, Joyce has had a passion for chemistry. She earned a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School, and for 15 years worked as a process engineer in industrial scale distillation. She then spent a decade teaching high school chemistry and physics before her husband Bruce’s dream of opening a distillery reignited her passion for the distillation process—and the rest, as they say, is history.
Her deep love for farm life, as well as her many years working her family’s land, have given her invaluable insight into growing the wide variety of crops used in Jeptha Creed’s products. It has also inspired the distillery’s distinct ground-to-glass maxim. In addition to being a Master Distiller and owner of Jeptha Creed, Joyce is a devoted mother of two who has a passion for all things Kentucky. She couldn’t be prouder to carry on the state’s long history of distilling the finest spirits in the world.”
Autumn Nethery is the co-owner of Jeptha Creed and the Marketing Manager for the distillery. Continued from above, “Autumn comes by her love of distilling honestly—her mother is Jeptha Creed master distiller and co-owner Joyce Nethery. But it took a year at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, studying the craft with some of the best distillers in the world, to truly ignite her passion. Now Autumn is among the youngest distillery owners in the country and an integral part of making Jeptha Creed one of Kentucky’s most groundbreaking distilleries.
Using what she learned traveling abroad with Semester at Sea, as well as through her studies at the University of Kentucky, where she earned her Bachelor’s in marketing, Autumn’s dream is to expand Jeptha Creed’s reach into every state, while still keeping the family feel the distillery is known for. She’s wholly committed to keeping Jeptha Creed spirits as natural and authentic as possible, so customers can always trust what’s in the bottle.”
The Nethery’s have deep ties to the region. They own around 1,000 acres throughout Shelby County, which includes the distillery and their home farm. To quote, “The 64-acres that make up the distillery property are covered in crops that are producing the grain, corn, fruits, and other ingredients that will go straight into the Jeptha Creed vodka, whiskey, and moonshine. The lines of trees are not just to provide a scenic touch. They bear apples, pears, pecans, apricots, and cherries. There are rows and rows of budding raspberries, figs, kiwi, blackberries, blueberries, chocolate mint, peppermint, spearmint, strawberries, and basil—even beehives for honey. It’s truly a farming wonderland.”
Jeptha Creed’s name comes from two sources. First, Jeptha comes from the surrounding area. “(The Nethery home farm) is at the foothills of the Jeptha Knobs in Shelby County, Kentucky – we have to drive through the Knobs to travel from the west side of the farm to the east. These hills were named by Squire Boone and Daniel Boone when they came to explore Kentucky in the late 1700s. Documentation shows they named them Jeptha after a Biblical warrior from Judges 11, because hunting was plentiful there due to a salt lick that attracted the buffalo, deer and turkey.” The Creed stems from the mission statement of the company, “Our Creed is our promise to honor and stand by our history, heritage, and culture. Creed also means we’re a family and work together. We respect our elders and those who came before us: our Founding Fathers who established this country; our veterans who have fought for us to protect our freedom; the hardworking people and risk-takers. Through our Creed, we are building a meeting place of Bourbon.”
I toured the facility and was very impressed with everything that they have going on. Currently, they offer whiskey, moonshine, and vodka – however, they have bourbon aging and I cannot wait to try it when it is ready!
The thing that I was most impressed with was their commitment to sustainability. As seen in the diagram below, they are doing our Earth justice in every move that they make. This is how we all should be – and I commend them for doing so.
Another interesting thing about Jeptha Creed is the fact that they only use Bloody Butcher Corn. According to R.H. Shumway’s, “(Bloody Butcher Corn) is an extremely rare, old heirloom variety dating back to 1845. It features blood-red kernels, streaked with darker red. Also, it is a dent type, with tall, 8 to 12 ft. stalks.” However, at Jeptha Creed, they have been known to grow up to 15 ft.!
After the tour is over, you get to taste four of their current offerings. I tried the Honey Vodka, the Louisville Lemonade (moonshine), the Blackberry Moonshine, and the Six Month Whisky. All were delicious, though my favorite was the Louisville Lemonade — it was so smooth and would be perfect over ice for a front porch drink this summer.
I had to take some of the other offerings with me to try at home, too!
I cannot wait to cook with this Hot Pepper Flavored Vodka — I see a beautiful Bloody Mary in the near future!
The Apple Pie Moonshine is, essentially, fall in a glass – or, differently, America in a glass. You have to taste it to believe it!
After your sampling, be sure to check out all of the offerings in the gift shop. I couldn’t leave without some cornmeal made from the famous Bloody Butcher Corn mentioned above. I can’t wait to make some cornbread and fried green tomatoes with it!
The highlight of the day was getting to sit down at a lunch table with the dream team, Joyce and Autumn, along with my friend Emily. That’s right – lunch! After you tour, don’t miss out on their food offerings, which include the delicious country ham and pimento cheese panini that I ordered. That’s Kentucky on a plate, y’all!
While you’re eating, they also have a fully-encompassing bar! I ordered the Flamin’ Strawberry Fields, which has Jeptha Creed Lemonade Moonshine, Pomegranate Liqueur, Tiki Bitters, Lime Juice, Jalapeño Syrup, Muddled Strawberry & Mint, and a Flaming Lime Wheel. It was delicious — and literally on fire!
I’d like to extend a big ol’ Kentucky “Thank you!” to Jeptha Creed for hosting me for the day. Their hospitality was pure, southern, and appreciated – I can’t wait to go back!
Be sure to follow them on social media, visit their website, and plan a day trip to their facility at 500 Gordon Ln, Shelbyville, KY 40065. Tell them that I sent ya!
As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: I was gifted a fully complimentary day at Jeptha Creed: tour, food, cocktails, and the aforementioned product. No additional compensation was granted.