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CATHEAD, FIRST LEGAL DISTILLERY IN MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi outlawed alcohol in 1907 and, in 1966, became the last state to repeal prohibition. Fast forward 104 years and two fine gents, Austin Evans and Richard Patrick, fired up the state’s first legal still. Along with a passion for fine spirits, these gents have a thirst for Mississippi’s live music, folk art and writings. When the boys aren’t making hooch, you might spot ‘em at a juke joint, soaking up inspiration for their next batch of goodness from Cathead.

photo credit: Kate Medley

photo credit: Kate Medley

PHILANTHROPY

BLUES music started in Mississippi, an important piece of our American DNA and simply the roots of modern day music that has influenced pop, jazz, rock & roll, hip-hop and basically everything.

By all means possible, we align ourselves with foundations who support live music, genuine arts and southern heritage. 

Foundation Partners:

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (YAC)

Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA)

Music Makers Relief Foundation (MMRF)

North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic 

Magic City Blues Society

New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation (NOMAF)

Ironing Board Sam, Music Makers Relief Foundation

Ironing Board Sam, Music Makers Relief Foundation

WHAT IS CATHEAD?

CATHEAD  MEANS FRIENDSHIP & RESPECT

As far as we know the term CATHEAD was first coined by James “Son” Thomas who was an influential delta blues musician.  “That cat can play” meaning that cat was respected by their peers in the blues & folk arts community.  Son Thomas was most noted for  sculpting Catheads out of clay.  By day “Son” was a gravedigger and by night he was known throughout the blues community as a well respected blues and folk artist.  Son’s  Catheads often depicted other blues artists that he respected and today his son, Pat Thomas carries on the traditions of his father.

Pat Thomas at his father's grave (January 2013). Shortly after this photo was taken Pat, preformed Beefsteak Blues for the Cathead team.

Pat Thomas at his father’s grave (January 2013). Shortly after this photo was taken Pat, preformed Beefsteak Blues for the Cathead team.

CATHEAD DISTILLERY PRODUCTION

We are very proud to be the oldest distillery and the first legal distillery ever in Mississippi.

Why Vodka?
We started making vodka because it represents a range of what can be produced. Therefore we also offer original flavored vodkas that should probably be classified more as liqueurs and gins but are also allowed to be federally permitted to be classified as flavored vodkas.  Vodka has no aging cycle, however we allow ours to mend longer in 500 gallon vats allowing the vodka to settle rather than churn it out to the market faster like most large commercial manufacturers.  We are proud of our beginnings which is why our vodka carries the namesake of our distillery, and it is important that the name CATHEAD be preserved along with all the other rich history our home state of Mississippi has to offer.  In addition we are also proud to say we produce a small batch gin, liqueur, and have various whiskey projects currently in the works!

MADE AT CATHEAD DISTILLERY:

CATHEAD VODKA

CATHEAD HONEYSUCKLE VODKA

CATHEAD PECAN

CATHEAD PUMPKIN SPICE  Limited Seasonal

(Sold Out) GOLD COAST WHITE BARLEY WHISKEY

BRISTOW GIN

HOODOO CHICORY LIQUEUR

Philip Ladner, Cathead Distillery

Philip Ladner, Cathead Distillery

MEET OUR DISTILLER

PHILLIP LADNER is our distiller for all products made at CATHEAD DISTILLERY.  Phillip is a Mississippi native from the Gulf Coast town of Long Beach.  Mr Ladner is a graduate of University of Mississippi and has spent over the last decade in the wine and spirits industry.  Post college Phillip went to work for Bacchus Wine (NY).  While in the retail trade Phillip developed a passion for the products he sold and decided his career path take a turn to production.  Phillip decided to move to New Zealand and work with Spy Valley to get his feet wet crushing grapes, then moved to Napa where he met a wealth of contacts.  Phillip worked his way up the ladder from first landing a job with Lewis Cellars and then to assistant winemaker at Pahlmeyer in Oakville, CA.  An opportunity once again became present when he was offered a job with Stillwater Spirits (ADI’s epicenter) in Petaluma, CA where Phillip has been instrumental in American Distilling Institute (ADI).  ADI is a trade group led by Bill Owens who specializes in craft spirits production and start up distilleries domestic and internationally. Phillip now resides in Madison, MS with his wife Angie Galle Ladner and two children Lily Grace and Judah Blue.

 

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TOUR CATHEAD DISTILLERY

We are open for tours and tastings!

Tours:
Open Thursday & Friday 3pm -6pm
Open Saturday 11am -6pm

Tours last about 30 minutes and are on the hour every hour.

For more info please visit Cathead Distillery

Contact us:
tours@catheaddistillery.com
(601) 667-3038

Located at:
Cathead Distillery
422 South Farish Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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