Crafting a Family Distillery
Metal roof tops award-winning craft
Opened in Fall 2016, Jeptha Creed
Distillery in Shelbyville, Ky., is Shelby County's first
distillery for more than 100 years. Situated on 64 acres, the
farm-to-bottle craft distillery is owned by the mother-daughter
team of Joyce and Autumn Nethery.
Designed to be a major tourist stop, located just off
exit 32 of Interstate 64, Jeptha Creed is part of the Kentucky Distillers'
Association, and features three different Bourbons made with
heirloom Bloody Butcher Corn, as well as flavored and unflavored
vodkas and moonshines.
The Netherly family worked with Joseph &
Joseph Architects, Louisville, Ky., and Walters
Buildings, Lawrenceburg, Ky., for a year on the budget and
design for the distillery, which took approximately nine months to
build. Cash Moter, partner and architect at Joseph & Joseph
Architects, notes the firm has been designing distilleries since it
was founded in 1908. "We really like the challenge that
distilleries pose with the housing of a high hazard use with high
occupancy uses like retail and event spaces," he says. "The Nethery
family was looking to create a fully functioning production
facility with a unique one-of-a-kind event space."
building is a combination of post frame and timber frame
construction. It has a steep, 9:12 pitched roof with a 60-foot
load-bearing steel beam that allows open access to the distilling
area without columns. Topping the building is approximately 18,000
square feet of Walters' BR-28 High Rib Panels coated in XT40S
Ceranamel from Dura Coat Products Inc., Riverside, Calif.
Additionally, the building has T1-11 exterior siding, spray foam
roof insulation, mountain stone wainscoting, decorative cedar
exterior trusses and trim, and a fireplace.
As Moter explains, post-frame construction provided
the opportunity to economically dress up the public areas of the
distillery while staying economical with the back-of-the-house
areas, without changing structural systems. "The heavy timber
structure that was exposed in the retail and event spaces was
consistent with the aesthetic of the exterior of the building," he
says. "The distillery area was a post frame with scissor trusses
allow for a vaulted ceilings, which shows off the plume of the
space and the beautiful custom distillery equipment. The third
portion of the building which houses the mechanical systems and
shipping and receiving was a basic post-frame system which was the
most economical structural system."
The facility includes a full distillery from grain
milling through bottling, with the production area including four,
1,000-gallon fermenters and a 12-inch column still, which will
allow for future growth and diversification of products. The main
building also has a retail shop, tasting room and 1,760-square-foot
event space. A 5,000-square-foot patio with 1,980 square feet of
covered space overlooking the rolling hills of the farm.
Moter notes that the Jeptha Creed Distillery is
unique in that all sides of the building are visible to tourists.
"In many distilleries there are rear portions of the building that
can be used to hide the production accessory equipment," he
explains. "All portions of this building are going to be visible to
visitors either on the drive in, walk up to the building, or during
events on the rear patio. It was important to the Nethery family
that all parts of the building be thought through and presentable
to their visitors inside and out."
Jim Rollins, regional vice president at Walters
Buildings, agrees, saying the visual presentation of the building
makes it unique, with its big glass front that gives a look into
the production area, and the copper stills visible to drivers
passing by. "We actually built a fake chimney on the roof around
the boiler exhaust pipe so it looks like there is smoke coming out
of the chimney when you drive by, as opposed to a metal vent pipe,"
Rollins adds. "Little details like that throughout the entire
project make this a one-of-a-kind building."
Jeptha Creed Distillery, Shelbyville,
Award: 2016 Judges' Award
from the National Frame Building Association
Architect: Joseph &
Joseph Architects, Louisville, Ky., josephandjoseph.net
panels: Walters Buildings, Lawrenceburg, Ky., www.waltersbuildings.com
Metal roof coating: Dura
Coat Products Inc., Riverside, Calif., duracoatproducts.com