Frankfort Distillery Inc. was established in 1902. The distillery (RD #33, 7th District) was located 4 miles SE of Frankfort.
A 1907 leterhead identifies John D Hinde as President, R A Baker as Vice President, George Baker as Secretary & Treasurer.
When Prohibition was enacted in 1920, the company was one of only six granted a permit to sell spirits for medicinal purposes. In 1922, the company was acquired by Paul Jones & Co., who assumed the Frankfort Distilleries Inc. name to retain the license to sell whiskey under the "Four Roses" and "Antqiue" brand names, among many others. Their office was located in Louisville (118 E Main St).
By 1928, stocks of pre-Prohibition whiskey had dwindled and the company contracted the Louisville-based A Ph. Stizel distillery to supply them with spirits.
When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, Frankfort Distilleries Inc. took over the old Stitzel plant and built a new one (Four Roses) in Shively. By the late 1940's, the distilleries and brands had been taken over by Seagrams.
The company used the brand names:
"Baker", "Baker Bourbon", "Baker Rye", "Coronet", "Elkhorn Mills", "Gallant Knight", "Kerry Patch", "Old Chief", "Old Crow", "Old Velvet", "Old Woodpecker", "Paul Jones", "Paul Jones Monongahela Rye", "Shandon Bells", "Swastika", and "Victoria."
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The Frankfort Distillery
Office: 706 McClure Bldg.
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1910, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1919
1868, 1884, 1908, 1910, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1919
W = Liquor Dealers, D = distillers. Distillers only for 1884, 1908. Have saloons for 1908, 1910, 1912, 1914, not logged into database.
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