McCormick is the oldest distillery in the United States operating at it original site. In 1856 the Distillery was opened by Ben Holliday and his brother, Major David Holladay.  At the time it was called the Holladay Distillery.  Ben got involved with developing the Pony Express route to San Francisco and building steamships and owning railroad lines.  That left David to run the distillery.  It remained in the family until 1894.

When the distillery was sold to George Shawhan in 1894 the name was changed to Shawhan Distillery.  Since the quality remained high the whiskey became a Midwestern favorite. The Shawhan Distillery was sold to the Singer brothers in 1936.  They named it Old Weston Distillery.  They continued to operate until 1995.  The McCormick name was used by another distillery in Waldron, MO which was purchased by the Singers and still is used by the distillery labels today.

In 1950 the McCormick Distilling Company was bought by Cloud Cray of Midwest Grain Products who chose to keep the name.  Being well respected and well known in the area and nationwide it was wise to keep the McCormick name.  In 1976 the McCormick Distillery was listed in the National Register of Historic Sites, one of only two distilleries nationwide receiving this honor.

During th 1970’s McCormick grew to serve 50 states and 37 countries.  They also produced a series of collectible decanters which people still prize today.  The distillery does NOT do appraisals for the decanters.  You need to check other sources to see what the going value of the bottles are if you want to find out what to insure them for or to place them on the open market.

1993 saw another change in ownership to the distillery as it was purchased by Ed Pechar and Mike Griessar.  They have taken the distillery from a company with 35 employees and $50 million in sales in 1992 to 186 employees and $150 million in sales in 2006.

The tours at the distillery were discontinued in 1995.  Because of the traffic jams that were created on the two lane roads leading to the distillery the tours had to be stopped.

You can visit the
County Store at:
420 Main Street
Weston, Missouri 64098

Phone: (816) 640-3149

Tuesday – Friday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 – 6:00 p.m.

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays

“McCormick Country Store is closed the first two weeks of January.”

The Distillery Address:
1 McCormick Lane, Weston, Missouri 64098-9558

Phone: 1-888-640-2642 or 816-640-2276





  1. Martha Burvee says:

    Hello, How can I find out the worth if a George Wasington bottle that I have got and I think I purchased it in the 70’s It is in mint condition and still on original box..
    Thank you Martha Burvee
    Bolivar tennessee

  2. Good afternoon,

    It sounds like you have something well work checking out further so I encourage you to contact the McCormick Distillery directly and visit with them to find out where you can get the best information on your bottle. Their phone number is (816) 640-5235.

    We are delighted that you came to with your inquiry and hope the information we provided will get you the results you desire.

    The Editor

  3. Do you all sell used whiskey barrels? i am opening a bar in kansas city and would like to use them as a fence around our outside patio-

  4. I suggest that you contact the distillery directly to see if they have barrels for sale. Their phone number is (816) 640-5235.
    Your garden should be fun to work in and enjoy with your creative flair!
    The Editor

  5. anne rout says:

    l bought two Elvis decanters made by you ,one silver and one gold with certificate of ownership and in orignal containers,they both are musical and filled with bourbon and the seal has not been broken. l am thinking of selling them but do not no todays value and was wondering if you could help me with this.
    thank you
    anne rout

  6. Hi Anne,
    As with the other inquiries, it sounds like you have a real treasure! Since we are the travel site and not the distillery I suggest that you contact them directly at (816) 640-5235.
    Thank you for contacting with your information and good luck with your bottles!!
    The Editor

  7. steve livingston says:

    Could I take a tour with my fiance’ around noon on sunday.

  8. Sorry but they discontinued tours in 1995.

    The Editor

  9. greg walter says:

    TRYING TO FIND INFO ON A BOTTLE. IT HAS ON IT wolf’s famous distilling co. kansas city mo. ..i can not find any info on it. thanks greg

  10. Greg,
    Your bottle would have come from the time frame of 1914 – 1916 when the Wolf’s Famous Distilling Co, Kansas City, MO was in business. The company used the brand names:
    “Belmont 1890″, “Bond & Lilliard”, “Bouvier Buchu Gin”, “Cascade”, “Cedar Brook”, “Clarke’s Rye”, “Diplomat”, “Four Roses”, “Golden Wedding”, “Green River”, “Guckenheimer”, “I. W. Harper”, “Jas E Pepper”, “Old Crow”, “Old Elk”, “Old Oscar Pepper”, “Old Taylor”, “Our Success”, “Quaker Maid”, “Shawhan”, “Sunny Brook”, “Winchester Club”, “Wolf Springs”, “Wolf’s Autograph”, “Wolf’s Favorite”, “Wolf’s Monogram”, “Wolf’s Private Stock”, “Wolf’s Special Reserve”, “Wolf’s Superior”, and “Yellowstone.”

    I hope that helps you. The McCormick Co would not have this information and don’t respond to inquiries of this nature, sorry.

    Pat Watson, Editor

  11. I’m sorry, Robert, but the Distillery does not do appraisals or offer information about the value of their prior products. I have asked frequently for different readers and they just don’t do it. My suggestion is to go on one of the websites that have collectors of McCormick products and see if there is any help on them.