From Down on the Farm to Downtown


… to embrace innovation and sustainability while celebrating our passion for agriculture and family. 

Distillery & Brewery

Our distillery is located in the Historic Hub Theatre. The beloved theatre sat vacant since closing in 2011, looking for a second chance. From the moment we walked in we fell in love. The vast brick walls had so much character… so much history… so many stories…

…so we added ours.

Architects specializing in historic restoration got to work right away. Keeping as much of the original historic personality was a priority from the beginning.

Three years later, the transformation is nearing completion. The distillery features twin stills and seven fermentation tanks for greatest efficiency and quality. Vodka and gin will be the first off the still with bourbon and whiskey to follow after a long nap in a new, white oak charred barrel.

But we didn’t stop there. A craft brewery was added to ensure anyone looking to unwind after a long day had a beverage they could enjoy. Our brewery will offer staple beers available all year long in addition to seasonal brews.

Our Family

Rick and Doris Kennay were raised to love and respect agriculture so they passed that passion on to their three children.  From picking up rocks to bringing in the harvest there was never a task too big or too small for the family to tackle together.  That is why when their son, Kaleb, daughter, Aubrey, and a nephew, Adam, decided to return home after college they couldn’t be happier.

At Kennay Farms Distilling, we bring you family crafted spirits created from local grain that is produced, milled, and distilled, all by a member of the Kennay Family. As fifth generation farmers, we know any superior product takes care, heart, and hard work.  Our name is on every bottle, because the quality of our product is our promise to you. 

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Tour & Tasting

Turning grain to spirits is a delicate balance of science and art!  Experience this journey from the farm to the distillery with a guided tour of the production floor concluding with a complimentary tasting.


Every detail of the theatre has been meticulously renovated so you have a beautiful space to bring family, friends, and colleagues.  Host your event in a place they will remember!  There are several options available depending on the size and scope of your event..

The whole place… really trying to make an impression on a large group of people?  Rent out the entire space for your very own personal tour, tasting, and behind the scenes look at the building and operating of a distillery and brewery.

The tasting room… looking to host 40-60 people? The mezzanine level features a 22-foot per overlooking the production floor with ample conversational seating and a cozy fireplace.

The conference room… have an important business meeting or personal event?  This custom-built room features private seating and access to our outdoor balcony with a beautiful view of downtown Rochelle.

Partnerships with local restaurants and a kitchen on the main floor make catering your event easy.  Prepare your guests to be inspired by the ambiance and character of a 1926 theatre turned distillery!

416 Lincoln Hwy
Rochelle, IL 61068

(815) 901-1512

© Copyright 2018 Kennay Farms Distilling

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