Park District sets Kennay Farms tour


OREGON – Join the Oregon Park District for a private tour, tasting and appetizers at Kennay Farms Distilling in downtown Rochelle.

The tour will be Jan. 28 from 5-8 p.m.

Kennay Farms Distilling renovated the historic Hub Theatre in downtown Rochelle and broke ground on a distributing facility known as “the Rickhouse” this fall. Get a behind the scenes tour from owner, Rick Kennay; daughter and head of Marketing and Logistics, Aubrey Quinn; and nephew and Head Brewer Adam Kennay.

Kennay Farms is based out of Ashton and is a fifth-generation family farm. Their love of agriculture spurred the idea of adding distilled spirits created from their own inputs. Cocktails will be created from corn grown, milled and distilled all by a member of the Kennay family.

Head distiller and nephew of Rick, Adam Kennay is a graduate of Oregon High School and holds a Biology and Chemistry degree from Northern Illinois University. Kennay is in charge of clear spirits and will be offering clear sprits as well as bourbon, whiskey and rye whiskey.

Head Brewer, Don Klatt, brings his decade of brewing experience to the production floor featuring a myriad of craft beers including standard, wheat, IPAs, stouts and assorted infused flavors.

The 1930s Hub Theatre building closed in 2011 and was purchased by the Kennays in 2015 to begin their own distilling and micro brewery. The historical aspect of the theater was a priority for the Kennays from the beginning and shows in the remodeling. The tour will highlight many of the features that remain in its original form to showcase the theatres beautiful revolution.

The tour will include a tour of the distillery, brewery, over of the Rickhouse and complimentary beer tasting. Appetizers by Ralphie & LuLu’s are included in the fee and will be available in the bar area where drinks can be purchased after the tour. The gift show will also be open for purchases.

Tours will begin at 5 p.m. and the facility will remain open until 8 p.m. for socializing and appetizers in the bar area. Cost is $20 for residents and $24 for non-residents. Deadline to register is Monday, Jan. 21 or until tour limit is reached. Reservations can be made by phone at Oregon Park District, 815-732-3101.

Join Kennay Farms Distilling and the Oregon Park District for this unique opportunity to the learn history of Kennay Farms and the Hub Theatre, a tour and tasting of this unique business and an evening of appetizers and drinks. Private tour will be provided by the Kennay Family.

 


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