Four Roses Employees Join Salt River Cleanup


May 25, 2023

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Employees of Four Roses Distillery came together in May for the annual Salt River Cleanup, a day of service to preserve the bank of the river that holds the natural water source necessary for bourbon production. In all, 560 pounds of debris was removed by the end of the day.

“The water from the Salt River is the largest component in the production of our award-winning bourbon. Its clean, limestone-rich water has been used by distillers to make whiskey for more than 200 years,” said Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses. “We owe it to ourselves and the greater community to maintain the Salt River and its surrounding area that we value so deeply.”

Maintaining the condition of the natural resource is fundamental to all stages in the bourbon-making process. The limestone-rich water is used in fermentation, to heat the mash cookers and stills through the boiler, and to cool down the product throughout production. Four Roses will continue to host the annual Salt River Cleanup in an effort to keep the water clean for their bourbon production and for the sake of the local community.

The Salt River is adjacent to the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, flowing east to Parksville and west to the Ohio River near West Point. Since the beginning of Four Roses Distillery’s efforts in 2017, the company has removed more than 3,000 pounds of debris from the 150-mile-long Salt River to date.

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Established in 1888, Four Roses combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to distill and age 10 distinct Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique flavor profile. With distilling and warehousing operations in Lawrenceburg and Cox’s Creek, Kentucky, respectively, Four Roses is available in all 50 states. For more information about the brand, visit