A dozen buildings, including three for barrel storage and two large shipping warehouses, and separate offices for administrative, sales and point-of-sale employees, comprise a sprawling campus set on 145 bucolic acres outside Kansas City.I always associate McCormick's with underage college parties.
Welcome to McCormick Distilling Co., a major player in the competitive modern spirits industry.
Kentucky businessman Benjamin Holladay, originator of the Overland Stage route between Weston and San Francisco, founded the Weston operation with his brother Major David Holladay in 1856 as Holladay Distillery. It made bourbon from the waters of a natural limestone spring that had been discovered by Lewis and Clark.
Barrels of the amber-colored liquid were stored in a so-called “ancient cave” on the property before being shipped off by wagon train or stagecoach.
Unlike many distilleries around the country, McCormick operated through Prohibition, making spirits for medicinal purposes.
In 1976 the complex was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Today McCormick, which employs 160 people, ships 4 million cases of spirits a year to all 50 states and 57 countries. That includes upwards of 2 million cases of McCormick Vodka — quadruple-distilled from American grain — plus Tequila Rose Liqueur, made with cream from the Netherlands and Mexican tequila.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The History of a Distiller of Cheap Liquor
McCormick's can claim the title of the nation's oldest continuously operated distillery: