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Three Brothers Open The First Black-Owned Bourbon Company In Louisville

By Parker Diakite

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No matter where life takes you – there’s no place like home. That’s at least true for Louisville native Victor Yarbrough.

After growing up in St. Matthews, Kentucky, Victor relocated to England where he began a spirit import and export business called Victory Global.  Now he’s expanding his business to the U.S. in a place that was once home. 

Victor has teamed up with his brothers, Chris and Bryson, to create the first Black-owned bourbon distillery in Kentucky.

It’s called Brough Brothers Distillery, playing directly off their surname, Yarbrough. 

Brough Brothers Distillery

“First African American owned distillery in the state of Kentucky. So we’ve already independently verified that with some historians,” Victor told WLKY.

The brothers run will the bourbon company out of a commercial space on Dixie Highway in the Parkhill Neighborhood, which they plan to open in February.  In addition to bourbon, the brothers will also distill English gin and vodka.

Brough Brothers Distillery

“We are working toward basically opening up the bourbon market and using our brand and understanding of Louisville and Kentucky to showcase the talents here,” Victor Yarbrough told Louisville Business First. “We understand what the economic impact would be if we were to open in the West End. Our goal, to a certain degree, is to act as a hub to help build upon the neighborhood.”

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