Castle & Key Master Distiller leaving

Castle & Key Master Distiller, Marianne Eaves, plans to leave the newly developed distillery in Frankfort. Why? How long was she with the company?

Castle & Key Master Distiller Marianne Eaves and founder Wes Murry

Photo by Megan McCardwell/ Proof

Castle & Key Distillery took to their social media to announce that Master Distiller Marianne Eaves plans to depart to pursue other endeavors. Eaves was Kentucky’s first female to hold the title of Master Distiller of bourbon since Prohibition.

“Marianne’s impact at Castle & Key is far ranging, has many facets, and will extend well beyond her time with us. She will be greatly missed, but we wish her well and know she will be successful in every future venture. We have an amazing team that Marianne trained and mentored over the last four years. That team will continue to make the same high-quality spirits. While we’re sad to see Marianne go, we will use her departure as an opportunity to create something new. We look forward to sharing more plans for our team in the coming months,” said Wes Murry & Will Arvin, Founding Partners at Castle & Key

bottle of Castle & Key on a wooden bar with a iron circular shelf with other bottles in the background

Photo by Megan McCardwell/ Proof

“Over the past four years I have been so proud of Castle & Key’s strong brand, portfolio of spirits and position as a historical bourbon tourism destination. This is in no small part due to the incredible team we have put in place since the beginning, and I have every confidence they will uphold my stringent quality standards. I am not turning my back on being a Master Distiller, but I am taking the time I need to bring some of my other goals I’ve set to fruition. My time at Castle & Key was a phenomenal experience, and I feel that I’ve left it in a place where the spirits can speak to my vision. Boldness is what got me to the position of Master Distiller, and it’s time for another bold step in my career to continue to make the impact I envision.” Marianne Eaves, Master Distiller.

Castle & Key opened their doors for tours on September 19, 2018. No news on who will take her place as Master Distiller.




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