Tuesday, January 05, 2021


The Brough Brothers Distillery, the first and only black-owned distillery in the state of Kentucky, has opened its doors.

The Louisville based distillery, which was first approved by the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in August 2018, was founded by brothers Victor, Bryson and Christian Yarbrough.

Kentucky's first black owned distillery opens its doors

The Yarbrough brothers, wanted to produce quality bourbon whiskey in an industry that has thus far remained largely inaccessible to minority entrepreneurs. They are committed to supporting other local businesses in an effort to revitalize the West End neighbourhood in which Brough Brothers is based.

The distillery was recognized by Kentucky’s Senate as the state’s first African American-owned distillery in August 2020. it will continue to make history as it distils and barrels its first bourbon this winter.

The Brough Brothers Distillery, will provide job opportunities and economic growth for the community of Park Hill, a historically underserved area of Louisville’s West End.

Commenting on the news, Victor Yarbrough, said: “Brough Brothers has an opportunity to not only provide employment opportunities for our local community, but also design an experience for locals and tourists in the heart of one of Kentucky’s cultural hubs. At a time in history when there is much attention on Louisville, we are excited to represent positive change and hope for and on behalf of our city.”

Brough Brothers, currently has major distribution partnerships in five states, including Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida, and has plans to expand to a further 20 states early this year.

Posted by Steve Rush