CONECUH RIDGE, Ala., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Conecuh Ridge Distillery, makers of the popular Clyde May's Whiskey, today proudly announced plans to consolidate operations in Alabama. The company will build an artisan distillery, rackhouses and a bottling hub in Troy, Alabama, alongside a tasting and experience center and a replica of the original still that Clyde May used when first distilling his whiskey in the hills of Alabama in the 1940s.
"We continuously market our Clyde May's brand in the spirit of our founder, Clyde May," said Roy Danis, president and CEO, Conecuh Ridge Distillery. "His values of quality, integrity and craftsmanship are the building blocks of our company today."
Today, the governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, joined Troy mayor Jason Reeves, Clyde May's CEO Roy Danis, members of the Mays family and an assemblage of distinguished Alabama representatives at a ceremony in Troy to formally announce the distillery.
The Clyde May's distillery is the culmination of a journey begun by famed moonshiner and bootlegger Clyde May in the 1940s. Clyde May's Whiskey has evolved steadily from its local origins; it is now a national brand, the Official State Spirit of Alabama, ranked among the top 50 American whiskeys and one of the fastest-growing whiskey brands in America today.
About Clyde May's Clyde May's Whiskey, produced by Conecuh Ridge distillers, LLC was created by Clyde May, an Alabama farmer and war hero, in the late 1940s. Clyde lived in Alabama's Conecuh Ridge and was a moonshiner by trade but a craftsman by heart. Using copper stills, fresh Alabama spring water and the finest local grains, he vowed to make the best whiskey Alabama had ever tasted. Clyde aged in charred oak barrels and experimented with grains, stills, and processes until he perfected his own unique finish–Alabama Style. He added oven-dried apples to his barrels and the resulting hint of apple made his whiskey particularly smooth. That smoothness is what sets Clyde May's apart. Clyde eventually paid the price for his passion, spending eight months in a federal penitentiary. Undaunted, he set up a new still the same day he was released. In 2001, Clyde's son recreated his father's famous recipe and began legally distilling his father's brand while maintaining the same traditions that made his father's whiskey famous. Clyde May's Whiskey is the Official State Spirit of Alabama.