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Distillery spurs vibrancy, new development in downtown Headland

HEADLAND, Alabama – When Lloyd Keel opened a distillery in Henry County three years ago, he envisioned a hobby business built on his longtime interest in making whiskey.

As a boy growing up in rural Southeastern Alabama, Keel and his buddies sometimes ran across the remains of Prohibition-era moonshine stills while they were playing in the woods.

As he grew older, his curiosity grew, too. He read many books on the art of distilling and spirit production, and he did a lot of experimenting. In 2014, he obtained a federal distiller’s permit, and he opened the distillery in downtown Headland in 2018.

On opening weekend, Keel quickly realized his back stock wasn’t going to be enough to meet the strong demand.

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