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Immediately after Prohibition ended in the United States in 1933, a group of investors got together to ensure they would get in on the ground floor of the rebounding market. The investors included several members of the Shapira Family, and the famous Joseph L. Beam.
Together they founded the “Old Heaven Hill Springs Distillery” in 1935, on the outskirts of Bardstown, Kentucky. The Shapira Family quickly bought-out all of the other investors. They still control the property to this day.
Now known as the “Heaven Hill Bernheim Distillery” — it is one of the top ten suppliers of spirits in the United States, controlling the second-largest inventory of Bourbon Whiskey in the world. It is also the only remaining family-owned distillery in Kentucky.
The distillery grounds are massive, with 22 huge, multi-story rick-houses across hundreds of acres of land. They produce sixteen brands of Bourbon, and dozens of other spirits and liqueurs.
Their core Bourbon brands include Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, and Heaven Hill nameplates, that have formed the foundation of their business since day one.