Shortly after Prohibition ended in the United States, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to produce and market Bourbon and premium American whiskeys. At the time, it was as speculative a new business venture as the dot com start-ups of the 1990's – a company founded with no brands, no available stocks of whiskey, and at the height of the Great Depression. Today, the company is the largest independent, family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier in the country. According to industry analysts, Heaven Hill is now the sixth-largest spirits supplier in the United States and second largest holder of aging Bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 1,300,000 barrels.
In 2014, the company changed names to Heaven Hill Brands. The name and logo capture the company’s evolution from a leader in American Whiskey production – a position it continues to hold – to the nation’s sixth-largest distilled spirits supplier. Since 1935, Heaven Hill has built on its foundation of American Whiskeys to become a broadly diversified supplier of whiskeys, liqueurs, vodkas, rums and other spirits. Today, Heaven Hill Brands retains its commitment to responsibly enhancing the enjoyment of life for our customers, through independence and family ownership, grounded in a mission and core values suited to building for the long term.