D.L. Moore Distillery

D.L. Moore Distillery

The D.L. Moore Distillery is a former bourbon distillery near Burgin, Kentucky. It was founded in 1873 by Daniel Lawson Moore.

The D.L. Moore Distillery was founded by Daniel Lawson Moore in 1873 and produced the “Moore and Rebstock” brand for Charles Rebstock of St. Louis and for his own “Stonewall” brand. 5 On February 6, 1889, upon the death of his father-in-law, Judge William H. McBrayer, 3 Moore sold the distillery to Major M.L. Dowling and his brother, John L. Dowling 2 for $35,000, 5 where it was renamed Dowling Distillery. 4 Moore later went to manage the Cedar Run Distillery.

The Dowlings were owners of not just Dowling, but part-time owners of the Waterfill & Dowling Distillery (formerly Waterfill & Frazier) and a cooperage plant in Anderson County. 5 Dowling Distillery operated until Prohibition.

In 1934, the Dowling Distillery was rebuilt near the original site of the Southern Railroad in Burgin and operated until the 1950s. 5 The property was then sold to Schenley and Bob Gould before being acquired by J.T.S. Brown Distilling. 4 5 It operated until July 1972. 5

The remains of the distillery were demolished in October 2008.

Further Reading


  1. Kerr, Charles, editor. “Daniel Lawson Moore.” History of Kentucky, by William Elsey Connelley and Ellis Merton Coulter, vol. 5, American Historical Society, 1922, pp. 331–332.
  2. The Wine and Spirit Bulletin, vol. 17, no. 8, 1 Aug. 1903, p. 24.
  3. “Daniel L. Moore.” A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, by E. Polk Johnson, Lewis Publishing, 1912.
  4. McKinney, Sonja Foley. “Burgin is 100 Years Old.” Kentucky Advocate Magazine, 12 Mar. 1978, p. 4.
  5. “The D.L. Moore Distillery, RD #23.” The Evolution of the Bourbon Whiskey Industry in Kentucky, by Sam K. Cecil, Turner, 2001, p. 115.


  1. When I was a teenager in the early 2000s, some friends and I climbed through the tallest of the buildings on the Burgin distillery site. Along the back wall there was a sort of makeshift ladder made of boards nailed to the wall that went up to the rooftop. It was terribly dangerous but we made it up. I carefully made my way across maybe 20ft of the warped, sunken rooftop to one of the vent pipes and took the spiked raincap off the top. Definitely not one of my brighter ideas, but I still have and cherish it.

  2. My name is Jeremy pingleton and my family bought 14 acres from the old burgin distillery about 30 yrs ago and I have a collection of old war bonds and stamps for your whiskey and alot of old telegrams and old checks and any type of liquor memorabilia from that distillery before it tore down…alot of Dowling brother memorabilia…and Robert goude collectioms and mint bottles and recipes to the whiskey and heaven hill stuff like the stamps before they were put on bottles. … so much more…if ur kin to the old burgin distillery owners u can contact me At (859) 748-9812

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