The Nethery family, proud owners of Jeptha Creed, own around 1,000 acres throughout Shelby county, which includes the distillery property and their home farm. At his grandfather’s urging, family patriarch Bruce Nethery bought his first swath of farmland when he was 18—making him the youngest farm owner in the state—and has been expanding ever since. As a fifth generation farmer Bruce just had it in his blood.
The 64-acres that make up the distillery property are covered in crops that are producing the grain, corn, fruits, and other ingredients that will go straight into the Jeptha Creed vodka, whiskey, and moonshine. The lines of trees are not just to provide a scenic touch. They bear apples, pears, pecans, apricots, and cherries. There are rows and rows of budding raspberries, figs, kiwi, blackberries, blueberries, chocolate mint, peppermint, spearmint, strawberries, and basil—even beehives for honey. It’s truly a farming wonderland.
In a big way, opening Jeptha Creed Distillery was a means to keep the Nethery farm going, a continuation of that family heritage that’s been strong since the 1700’s. Even the biggest distilleries in the country were once family-owned enterprises. The difference here at Jeptha Creed is that we want to remain that way.