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Old Hickory was founded in 1868 in Fayette County, Kentucky. The distillery was called Old Hickory Distillery and is where our brand began. This distillery was built by John Robb, who produced "Old Hickory Sour-Mash Kentucky Copper" whiskey. 

Old Hickory moved states in 1896 to Chattanooga, Tennessee by E.R. Betterton & Co., producing Old Hickory as a nod to the former president, Andrew Jackson, and the strength and resilience of the American people. Andrew Jackson had a history of distilling whiskey and began distilling in Tennessee years before Old Hickory. Old Hickory spread outside of the south, for whiskey lovers everywhere to enjoy.

Shortly after the creation and spread of Old Hickory, fine spirit lovers were very disappointed when the prohibition began in 1910 in Tennessee. Whiskey was banned from being produced for 10 years before the Federal ban of alcohol in 1920. 

After years of being banned, the prohibition was repealed and spirit lovers everywhere rejoiced! Publicker Distilling Co. began to apply their technologies to distilling and producing beverage alcohol spirits. In 1933, they formed a subsidiary company, Continental Distilling Corporation, producing Old Hickory bourbons.

In 2011, the R.S. Lipman Company brought Old Hickory back home to Tennessee when Robert Lipman resurrected the brand. Recognizing the long history of Old Hickory, Lipman selected Seagram's master blender, Pam Soule, to produce mash bills in Lawrenceberg, IN in a previously used Seagram facility to ensure the authenticity of the brand.

Old Hickory is a tried and true legend, being around for over 100 years, we've seen it all.


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Andrew Jackson began distilling in Nashville with his partner Thomas Watson, producing nearly 500 gallons of whiskey in under one year.

Old Hickory was founded in 1868 in Fayette County, Kentucky. Produced in the Old Hickory Distillery and built by John Robb. He distilled the "Old Hickory Sour-Mash Kentucky Copper" whiskey.


Old Hickory was produced in Chattanooga, Tennessee by E.R. Betterton & Co. as a nod to the former president and as a tribute to the strength and resilience of the American people.


The prohibition began in the state of Tennessee 10 years before the Federal ban in 1920, disappointing all spirit drinkers in our state. 


R.S. Lipman Company brought Old Hickory back to Tennessee when Robert Lipman resurrected the brand, leading to its resilience and presence today.

Publicker Distilling Co. ceased production of spirits because of a plant fire. It was unknown where the fate of Old Hickory would lie from this moment.


After prohibition was repealed, Publicker Distilling Co. formed Continental Distilling Corporation. They continued to distill Old Hickory.

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