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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A local distillery is looking to the past to create its future in the bourbon industry. Today Limestone Branch Distillery resurrected the yeast strain used to make its family's whiskey decades ago.
They opened a Dona jug that their great-grandfather used more than 100 years ago to carry their yeast.
Several swabs were taken from the jug. They're being sent off to a lab that specializes in yeasts for fermentation used in the beverage industry.
As Steve Beam, the distiller of Limestone Branch, explains, "This is important because distillers have long been known to keep their yeast a family secret and pass down from generations, and this yeast jug has been the museum and we're hoping to bring that back to our family so that we can continue the legacy."
Limestone Branch Distillery is located in Lebanon, Kentucky and is celebrating its first anniversary.