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.

Leave your comment!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.