Bruce's Ford Model T Roadster
Jeptha Creed Distillery
“Do you want to go for a ride in Scarlett, Truly Scrumptious?” With her tail wagging and that adorable Truly dance that she does, she gives us a deep beagle bark to let us know she’s ready to ride. With the top down, we drive through the rolling green pastures and stunning horse fields that line Shelbyville Road as we make our way to Shelbyville, Kentucky. Our journey leads us to one of our favorite spots, Jeptha Creed Distillery, where old-fashioned is made new again. From its old 1926 Ford Model T Roadster sitting out front, one of several prized collectibles of founder Bruce Nethery, to the modern rustic feel of its interior, Jeptha Creed reminds us to appreciate our history and encourages us to make our own.
We sat down with Jeptha Creed’s Marketing & Creative team member Christian Kern. There are times in your life when you meet people and just know they are good folk, and Christian Kern is good folk. With his infectious personality, this handsome young man quickly made us feel welcome and at home. He was more than happy to share Jeptha’s story and his own history with the Nethery family. A native Floridian, Christian was hired shortly after the doors opened at Jeptha Creed Distillery in November 2016. “It’s a great place to work. The family is great to work with and everyone chips in and does whatever is needed to get the job done,” Christian told us.
Christian Kern and Ted
Ted Enjoys his Jeptha Mule
A Family Affair
Jeptha Creed began in 2014, born out of local entrepreneur Bruce Nethery’s dream to open a distillery. Working together, Bruce and his wife Joyce brought Bruce’s passion to life. A chemical engineer by trade, Joyce’s own interest in distilling was rediscovered by chance when she attended Moonshine University in Bruce’s place. Bruce was originally signed up but was unable to attend due to his busy schedule and, as it turned out, Joyce was a natural. Moonshine University, located in downtown Louisville, is where Distilling Mastery is actually taught by Masters – and where Joyce coined the phrase “ground to glass,” which means they use the crops grown on their farm to make the spirits that they use in their cocktails.
The Nethery Family-Hunter, Joyce, Bruce, and Autumn