RD1 Spirits in the News

We hope you will follow us as our brand grows across the state and, soon, the nation.  Our retail location is now open and available for rental. And, sampling events are going on across the state! RD1 has a lot going on, new brands in development, and more to come! Check here often for updates and announcements!

In the Media

ABV Network Bourbon Talk Show

The Bourbon Talk Show is a lighthearted look at the world of bourbon. Each episode, a new topic related to America's favorite distilled spirit is covered. Hosted by Steve Akley, Stephanie McNew & Miss Beka Sue.

In this episode, they speak to Barry Brinegar of #WilliamTarrDistillery in Lexington, Kentucky, and #MoonshineUniversity out of Louisville, Kentucky.

Repeal Day - Celebrate Your Constitutional Right to Drink with Wm. Tarr Distillery

The 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution made all production and consumption of alcohol illegal in 1919. So began Prohibition, one of the darkest periods in American history. On December 5, 1933, nearly 15 years later, the 21st Amendment was ratified, making alcohol once again legal in the United States. The 5th of December is now celebrated in bars and homes across America as Repeal Day.

Join our RD1 Spirits team by raising a glass of America’s native spirit, bourbon or whiskey, on Repeal Day.

Manchester Reserve Launch Press Release
October 28, 2020

RD1 Spirits is a revival of Lexington’s First Federally Registered Distillery, established in 1865. In October of 2020, RD1 announced the availability of its first product, WM Tarr Manchester Reserve, in honor of one of the founders of Lexington's historic distillery. Manchester Reserve is an award-winning and exceptional blended product perfectly balancing a 7-year Kentucky bourbon blended with an 8-year rye.


New Distillery Connects with Bourbon History

October 28, 2020

Manchester Street is the corridor to the Distillery District. The area is not only a hotspot in Lexington but a connection to bourbon history. The team behind WM Tarr’s Award-winning whiskies wanted to resurrect the legacy of Lexington's first federally registered distillery. In 1865, that was Ashland Distillery and today, it’s now known as RD1.


The Bourbon Show #96: Barry Brinegar, Co-Founder, Wm. Tarr Distillery

Steve & Jeremy interview Barry Brinegar of Wm. Tarr Distillery in Lexington. The Bourbon Show music (Whiskey on the Mississippi) is by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

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Co hosts : Made Man Brent, Good ol Boy Alan, Made Man Maury, Good ol Boy Justin, and Made Man Bob SIPS  Episode

33:23 Old William Tarr Whiskey: Manchester Reserve – 114 Proof - 57% ABV                        3 SIPS

42:11 Old William Tarr Bourbon: Inheritance – 120 Proof - 60% ABV – 12 years old             3 SIPS

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Media Contact

For interviews, media samples, or other media information: email Courtney Sandora or call ‭(502) 424-9406