Four Roses Distillery employees volunteer in seventh annual Salt River cleanup

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The Bourbon producer’s event removes litter and debris from the Salt River that provides the natural water source for whiskey production

Four Roses Distillery came together this May for the annual Salt River Cleanup, a day of service that helps to preserve the bank of the river that holds the natural water source necessary for bourbon production.

This year, 560 pounds of debris was removed by the end of the day.

“The water from the Salt River is the largest component in the production of our award-winning bourbon. Its clean, limestone-rich water has been used by distillers to make whiskey for more than 200 years,” said Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses. “We owe it to ourselves and the greater community to maintain the Salt River and its surrounding area that we value so deeply.”

Maintaining the condition of the natural resource is fundamental to all stages in the bourbon-making process. The limestone-rich water is used in fermentation, to heat the mash cookers and stills through the boiler, and to cool down the product throughout production. Four Roses will continue to host the annual Salt River Cleanup in an effort to keep the water clean for their bourbon production and for the sake of the local community. 

The Salt River is adjacent to the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, flowing east to Parksville and west to the Ohio River near West Point. Since the beginning of Four Roses Distillery’s efforts in 2017, the company has removed more than 3,000 pounds of debris from the 150-mile-long Salt River to date. 

For more information on Four Roses’ commitment as a community partner, visit

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