Our Journey

Rick and Doris Kennay have spent a lifetime building their family farm and instilling a love for agriculture in their children: Kaleb, Aubrey, and Grace.  When Kaleb, Aubrey, and their nephew, Adam, returned to the farm, they looked for ways to diversify.  

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 a superior product takes care, heart, and hard work. 

Our Family

Rick Kennay

Rick has had a passion for farming and business his entire life.  After a successful 35 year career in seed sales, he turned his attention to diversifing the family farm. 

Doris Kennay

Doris has farmed alongside her husband since they married in 1982 while also managing her own court reporting business.  She brings reporting and legal skills to the new family business.

Aubrey Quinn
Marketing and Logistics

Aubrey is Rick and Doris’ daughter.  She graduated from the University of Illinois with an Agricultural Economics degree.  Aubrey oversees daily operations at the farm and the distillery. 

Adam Kennay
Head Distiller

Adam is Rick and Doris’ nephew and is the distiller at Kennay Farms.  He served in the United States Military and holds a Biology and Chemistry degree from Northern Illinois University.  If you want to see him get excited, ask him about yeast, gravity, or anything else equally boring. 

Don Klatt
Head Brewer

Don taught Adam the art of distillation at the Rochelle ethanol plant, and has been brewing beer for over a decade. He is the only one that will actually talk to Adam about yeast, gravity, or any other science-related topic. 

416 Lincoln Hwy
Rochelle, IL 61068

(815) 901-1512


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

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