Ernest W. Ripy, Jr.

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Ernest W. Ripy, Jr.

Death: March 25, 2002 (89)
Immediate Family:

Son of Ernest Whitney Ripy, Sr.
Brother of Thomas Beebe Ripy, III

Occupation: Master Distiller, Vice-President of Austin Nichols Distillery
Managed by: David K. Brown
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Immediate Family

About Ernest W. Ripy, Jr.

In 1935 Earnest W. Ripy, the son of Thomas Beebe Ripy rebuilt the distillery from scratch after prohibition, that facility would one day produce twenty plus brands whiskey including Wild Turkey. Earnest also assumed the title of Wild Turkey's very first Master Distiller. Two of Earnest’s sons; T. B. Ripy III and E. W. Ripy Jr. ran the distillery and helped expand the production four-fold during their time.

In 1949 the Ripy brothers sold their distillery to Robert and Alvin Gould and renamed the facility the J.T.S. Brown Distillery. T. B. Ripy III and E. W. Ripy Jr. continued on at the JTS Brown Distillery and Junior (as E. W. Ripy, Jr. was referred to) stayed on as Plant General Manager until late 1972.

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Ernest W. Ripy, Jr.'s Timeline

February 2, 1913
March 25, 2002
Age 89