Casey Jones to Release Spirits in Honor of 2024 Solar Eclipse


February 21, 2024

Total Eclipse Bourbon Lead Hero

To mark the upcoming total solar eclipse, Casey Jones Distillery announced the launch of its new four grain Total Eclipse Kentucky Straight Bourbon and the re-release of its previously sold-out Total Eclipse Moonshine.

At an approachable 100-proof and made from locally sourced corn, wheat, rye, and barley (mash bill: 75% corn, 10% wheat, 10% rye, 5% malted barley), Total Eclipse Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a perfectly balanced, four grain bourbon aged for a minimum of two years. The whiskey is distilled in small batches in a hybrid pot still. Donning the requisite solar safety glasses, stargazers may enjoy an Eclipsed Old Fashioned while experiencing the eclipse from their prime viewing location. 

Named the “Official Spirits of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse” by Senator Whitney Westerfield on the Kentucky Senate floor, 100-proof Total Eclipse Moonshine was inspired by a Prohibition-era family recipe distilled from equal parts corn and cane.

Debuting in 2017 to coincide with the previous total solar eclipse, Total Eclipse Moonshine offers a smooth sipping experience with sweet corn and vegetal sweetness. 

Seven years ago, Casey Jones Distillery was at the heart of the total solar eclipse, as it was positioned within the optimal viewing path of this cosmic phenomena. That weekend, the distillery hosted a remarkable 12,000 astronomy buffs, and sold out of its initial run of 50,000 bottles of Total Eclipse Moonshine. To commemorate the occasion, the distillery laid down a Total Eclipse Cask Strength Single Barrel, which will be released as a distillery exclusive on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

Created by Master Distiller Arlon “AJ” Casey Jones, both spirits are being released as companions for the forthcoming event. The eclipse will cross the continental U.S. on Monday, April 8, 2024 (see map). According to NASA, the total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The eclipse will begin over the South Pacific Ocean. Weather permitting, the first location in continental North America that will experience totality is Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 a.m. PDT.

Courtesy of NASA

“Twice in my lifetime, I’ll experience the shadow of the eclipse over our land here in Hopkinsville – a rare and spectacular gift that inspired me to create something special,” Jones said in a news release. “In 2017, we introduced our Total Eclipse Moonshine, and for the upcoming eclipse in April, we’re proud to introduce our four grain Total Eclipse Kentucky Straight Bourbon – a nod to our rich distilling traditions and those once-in-a-lifetime moments that bring us together.”

Casey Jones Distillery will host an intimate gathering for friends, fans and locals on April 8, where guests can mix and mingle while sipping on signature cocktails and enjoying nature’s majesty.

Total Eclipse Kentucky Straight Bourbon (SRP: $49.99 for a 750ml) and Total Eclipse Moonshine ($29.99 for a 750ml) are available for purchase online at The bourbon has select retail availability in KY and OK while the moonshine has select retail availability in CA, GA, KY, IL, OK, TN, TX, NY, NJ, and WI.