Four Roses employees volunteer to maintain river bank that feeds distillery

Bourbon company’s fourth annual Salt River Clean Up removes litter and debris 

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — With Kentucky’s natural water resources at the core of the commonwealth’s bourbon industry, Four Roses employees gathered Sept. 29 for a volunteer service day to help maintain the riverbank around the Salt River.

The 150-mile, spring-fed Salt River flows beside the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg and stretches east to near Parksville and west to the Ohio River near West Point. Limestone-rich water from the Salt River is one of Four Roses’ primary ingredients in handcrafting its award-winning Bourbons.

“This river is important to Four Roses for sure, but it’s also important to all of Kentucky as a valuable natural resource,” said Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott. “We want to help preserve this waterway for today, tomorrow and the future.”

The group removed debris from the dam and concrete area, as well as the highway where it forks on each side of the river, and along the roadway. During a year where large public gatherings were cancelled and many distilleries suspended tour and tasting opportunities, Four Roses adhered to social distancing practices to host its fourth annual Salt River Clean Up.

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