See the before and after of Castle and Key Distillery renovation
Marianne Eaves, who was a rising star at Brown-Forman before she left to spearhead the revival of what is now Castle & Key Distillery, is going out on her own.
Eaves announced on Monday that she has left Castle & Key, where she oversaw the renovation of the long-defunct Old Taylor distillery. She said she plans to consult and work “on strategic partnerships while also pursuing further opportunities to showcase the industry in documentary film and television projects. She will also be pursuing book, speaking, digital and culinary projects.”
“Over the past four years I have been so proud of Castle & Key’s strong brand, portfolio of spirits and position as a historical bourbon tourism destination,” Eaves said in the release. “This is in no small part due to the incredible team we have put in place since the beginning and I have every confidence they will uphold my stringent quality standards.”
Castle & Key founding partners Wes Murry and Will Arvin said in a separate release that they were sad to see her go.
“Marianne’s impact at Castle & Key is far ranging, has many facets and will extend well byond her time with us. She will be greatly missed, but we wish her well and know she will be successful in every future venture. ... We will use her departure as an opportunity to create something new. We look forward to sharing more plans for our team in the coming months,” the statement said.
Castle & Key has released two spirits: Restoration Gin and Restoration Vodka and is aging a rye spirit as well as others.