Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®
The Neeley Family has been distilling and bootlegging illegally in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky for Eleven generations until 2015, when Tenth Generation Roy Neeley and Eleventh Generation Royce Neeley took the family business legal for the first time ever.
Roy hand built the state of the art distillery himself in Sparta Kentucky, 1/2 mile from Interstate 71, a few miles from Belterra Casino, and 200 yards from the grandstands of the Kentucky Speedway where NASCAR fans come each year to watch high speed races. Royce, who is the Lead Distiller and possibly the youngest Distillery Owner in the World, makes his spirits the historic way with old family mash recipes using Pot Stills, Cypress Fermenters, Sweet Mash, only the finest local grains, the freshest Kentucky Limestone water, and the Neeley Family Yeast Strand which is propagated at the distillery. All of our spirits are non-chill-filtered, preserving the unique natural flavor of each one.
The Neeley Moonshine recipe is still revered as the best in the Eastern Kentucky Mountains, Roy and Royce uphold that same quality in the authentic spirits they distill today, the only difference is the taxes that are now paid. The Neeley Family is devoted to honoring the craft of their forefathers through the production of high quality spirits; the family is literally distilling history everyday. Through this devotion, Royce believes the Family is distilling some of the best Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey in the World.
The distillery provides an experience unlike any other, combining unparalleled illegal Kentucky distilling history, including centuries old family stills, newspaper articles, and guns, with state of the art custom distilling equipment designed after Royce’s great grandfather, Leonard Neeley’s Still. Neeley Family Distillery is currently producing two full 53 gallon barrels of Triple Pot Distilled Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskey each day. Neeley Family Distillery is also producing Brandy and Moonshine which are being aged in used 10-year-old Kentucky bourbon barrels. Neeley Family Distillery a proud member and stop on the prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour and B-Line. Stop on by and experience this one of a kind Distillery for yourself.