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Joyce Nethery and her daughter Autumn own and operate Jeptha Creed Distillery, which Ouita notes is the ultimate in a value-added farm-based business. Jeptha Creed distinctions do not stop with mother-daughter ownership. The Nether family grows heirloom Bloody Butcher Corn on their Shelby County (Kentucky) family farm; Bloody Butcher contributes to each spirit they distill.
Joyce brought decades of education and work experience in chemistry and industrial scale distillation, and paired that with a passion for the flavors of heirloom foods. Her interest in heirlooms began with a search for delicious tomatoes, and moved to other vegetables, eventually including an heirloom corn touted for its deliciousness in cornbread. Now the distillery sells several flavors of vodka and moonshine infused with Kentucky flavors, while 500 barrels of bourbon rest and age, picking up flavors as they go from moonshine to bourbon that will sell in future years. Upcoming? Possibly pawpaw brandy as well as sorghum-based rum, and gin.
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Top left photo by Rona Roberts. All others provided by Jeptha Creed.