Purdue masters student builds Jameson Whiskey car for Nine Irish Brothers

Keith Williams built the electric car out of a Jameson Whiskey barrel with Guinness stout taps for steering.

Posted: Dec 17, 2019 11:50 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2019 6:24 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - If you like cars and whiskey, then you'll like this story! A years worth of hard work and team work has paid off for one Purdue master student.

Keith Williams went back to Purdue to pursue his dreams in industrial design. He was inspired by the barrels of Jameson Whiskey he saw at Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette.

So with the help of owner Jerry O'Bryan, he built a one-of-a-kind electric car out of a Jameson barrel shipped all the way from Ireland, and you steer it with genuine Guinness stout taps. The little car can get up to about 25 miles per hour. Each wheel as an electric motor that is controlled by the Guinness taps.

On Tuesday night Williams handed O'Bryan the keys to the special creation.

"It was cool because it was something that no one had every seen before and I like things like that," said O'Bryan. "It's quite an invention he did there so I'm happy for him."

Williams did his undergraduate degree at Purdue and said he's always been interested in entrepreneurship, but wanted to really test his creative side. He said he worked with the Purdue Foundry for some time, and his whiskey barrel creation was unveiled at a Purdue Foundry networking event held at Nine Irish Brothers.

"It was the fulfillment of coming full circle and being blessed enough to be able to come back and put myself on a path that I wish I would have been on a long time ago," said Williams. "Any time I wanted to work on a project I felt like I had a lot of support."

He said he was grateful for the support of the O'Bryans and of other local businesses who helped this project get to the start line.

O'Bryan said to keep an eye out for it on the road during next years St. Patrick's Day festivities.

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