Whether you're visiting Castle & Key Distillery for the first time or making a return pilgrimage to our hallowed grounds, we're ready to welcome you.
Castle & Key began restoring the historic Old Taylor Distillery in 2014 and after four years of hard work, was overjoyed to open the distillery to visitors in September of 2018. Now we are excited to offer a range of experiences from tours to private events among a myriad of other reasons to visit the site.
The Castle has been standing proud over this site since 1887, and it first served as a distillery as early as 1819. We’re beyond excited to once again invite guests to explore where the magic happens while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of spirits production. Original hardwood floors and plaster walls help tell the story of our historic site, while modern upgrades by the Castle & Key team ensure we usher in the next phase of our brand.
Colonel E.H. Taylor specifically selected the site where Castle & Key stands today for the quality of the springs on location. These springs would later be called the Key to his success and a necessary ingredient in quality bourbon. Because of this, the Springhouse has watched over the water source for our spirits since its initial construction in 1887. As a nod to its heritage and history of lavish parties, the Springhouse once again plays host to wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and numerous on-site events.
Originally built by E.H. Taylor between 1905-1910 to serve as his administrative building, complete with inlaid wood floors, beautiful wood Victorian furniture, and windows with the company's name. While we have uncovered some fantastic photographs of E.H. Taylor, Jr. sitting at his desk in this space when Castle & Key assumed the property in 2014, this building was found in a highly overgrown state. It is a prime example of the condition in which we found much of the site upon purchase. However, the promise of what's next for this historic site lies thick in the air, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.
Our Octagonal Tower was initially constructed by E.H. Taylor to be utilized as a yeast laboratory in 1909. His insistence on having a yeast room separate from the facility speaks volumes about Taylor’s dedication to science and modernization. This historic structure now serves multiple purposes for Castle & Key, ranging from Bridal and Groomsmen suites to meeting spaces and tasting rooms.
What once powered the distillery now powers our guests’ retail experience. With this expertly restored and impeccably decorated space, we can let guests step back in time and take a piece of our rich history home with them after their visit. From locally crafted goods to household names and Castle & Key spirits perfect for gift-giving or treating yourself to something uniquely different, there’s something for everyone in our Boiler Room.
The Taylorton Station once welcomed guests as they disembarked from the train that once transported in guests from far and wide. It also served as the first touchpoint of the hospitality that E.H. Taylor was widely known for. It now serves as our on-site bar, additional tasting room, and Counter 17–an outdoor walk up cafe serving beer, wine, a variety of cocktail options, and neat flights.
Originally constructed between 1890-1910 historically served as the residence for the site's superintendent(s). This helped keep them close to the site in the off-chance there was an emergency or their expertise was needed to fix or troubleshoot an issue. Upon Castle & Key’s purchase of the site, the building was found in complete disarray, and we have since restored the space to preserve it for future use.
Created by E.H. Taylor to mimic the gardens of Windsor Castle’s grounds, the Sunken Garden serves as a prime example of his passion for European design and aesthetic. When we purchased the distillery the space was so overgrown we didn’t realize that the ruins of the original garden still existed. Once cleared, Jon Carloftis breathed new life into the space, and it now once again plays host to both Castle & Key and private events.
This massive warehouse was constructed by National Distillers in the 1950s and was built to hold slightly under 65,000 barrels in metal ricks. Initially, we only used the bottom floor of the building for general storage and holding new cooperage (unfilled first use barrels), but we quickly had reason to restore this space. As Warehouse B began to rapidly fill, we made the decision to rebuild a modern ricking system in the structure on the floors above. Currently, the building is once again full holding north of 60,000 barrels of whiskey.
The structure was originally constructed by National Distillers in 1940 to house new cooperage in preparation for filling, as well as for breaking down cooperage after the spirits were removed—shooking. The building was found filled with debris and general trash when we purchased the site. The Shooking Building has been restored and now serves as our lavish primary event space.
This structure originally served as the power plant during Colonel Taylor’s ownership, and in 1934 National Distillers reconfigured the building to serve as their primary Cistern Room. To this day, the Castle & Key team uses the Cistern Room for all our barrel filling practices.
The historic Bottling House was originally constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr. around 1906 with pressed plaster ceilings, planters, decorative design details, and a limestone fountain. The garish nature of the space allowed him to use images of this area in his advertising to showcase the quality of his spirits. When Castle & Key came to the site the building was found in a heavily deteriorated state, and our team is currently working to preserve the space for future use.
Warehouse A was the first brick warehouse constructed by Taylor, and it was connected by an elevated walkway to Warehouse B so that the barrels could easily be moved between buildings. In the early 1990s, a snowstorm damaged an already deteriorated roof causing the roof and sidewalls to collapse. Since purchasing the property our team has preserved what we could including the elevator tower, front facade, and the building’s foundations. Currently we employ this space as an herb and botanical garden for our onsite beverage program and general experimentation.
The second brick warehouse on site was constructed around 1907 by E.H. Taylor, and it was also connected by an elevated walkway to Warehouse A to easily move the barrels. When taking over the distillery the warehouse was in dire need of major restoration, and it now serves as our primary warehouse with over 35,000 barrels aging in it.
Explore our historic grounds, learn how we set the standard of excellence in spirits and hospitality, and take in the beauty that Castle & Key is known for.
Walk our picturesque Botanical Trail and gardens, admire the Springhouse, taste our flagship spirits at Taylorton Station, and take home a piece of history with you from the Boiler Room. Experiencing history and architecture from 1887 to today.
Elevate your guest’s experience with any of our one-of-a-kind venue spaces, designed to leave both you and your attendees speechless and ready to come back for more.