January 27, 2022

Spotlight On: Owensboro, Kentucky

We could not be prouder of our Owensboro roots, and as we launch our flagship Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, we’re feeling especially thankful for our community. We’ve been a part of Owensboro since John W. McCulloch founded Green River Distilling Co. in 1885, and today we’re delighted that our history has come full circle as we celebrate our revived distillery and renewed commitment to Owensboro’s rich bourbon history.

Pre-Prohibition, Owensboro was an epicenter of bourbon production in Kentucky with more than 20 distilleries in the city.  Green River was one of its most important and was among the most successful distilleries in the country. Known for producing some of Kentucky’s finest whiskey, Green River won international awards and was famously known as “The Whiskey Without Regrets”. 

After its rise to fame, the distillery endured fire, Prohibition, multiple owners, and a period of decline. Now, for the first time in more than 100 years, Green River bourbon is flowing inside the walls of its original home and we’re celebrating by paying homage to our roots. Each bottle of today’s Green River bourbon includes the phrase “The Pride of Owensboro” as a tribute to the city and its bourbon legacy.

If you’ve been to Owensboro, you probably know why we love it here. Famous for “the big three Bs” – BBQ, Bourbon and Bluegrass – Owensboro is a vibrant and welcoming community. From its beautiful views along the Ohio River to its numerous cultural offerings, we love calling Owensboro our home.

Visit Owensboro

But don’t take our word for it, we invite you to come see for yourself. Whether you visit our distillery, the Westernmost point on the famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail, soak up history at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, or sample delicious barbeque a local favorites Old Hickory Bar-B-Que, Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn or Ole South Barbeque, Owensboro is the perfect spot for your next excursion.

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame

Learn more about everything Owensboro has to offer by visiting Owensboro.org and plan your trip today.  While you’re here, stop by Green River Distilling Co. and have a drink with us – we’re always ready to pour.