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Close-Up on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

By Jake Emen At Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, it’s all about the rye. Founded in 2009, Catoctin Creek is based in Purcellville, Virginia, and is the first distillery to operate in Loudon County since before Prohibition. It’s about an hour outside of Washington D.C. —  an easy drive down 267 West, past Dulles Airport. I recently visited Catoctin Creek and ...

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Whiskey in History: James E. Pepper

Old Pepper Distillery in Lexington, KY

By Richard Thomas James E. Pepper was practically born with bourbon in his blood, and for more reason than merely his parents drinking the stuff. His great-grandfather was Elijah Pepper, one of the key figures in the development of bourbon whiskey in the late 18th Century, and one of the very few sometimes pointed to as the inventor of bourbon. ...

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Town Branch Talks Whiskey and Whiskey-Making

Mark Coffman with his vats(Credit: Joana Thomas)

Part II of our Interview with Town Branch Distillery of Lexington, Kentucky By Richard Thomas This continues our interview with Mark Coffman (Engineering Director) and Ken Lee (Master Brewer) of Town Branch Distillery, the first bourbon distillery to operate in Lexington, Kentucky in more than 50 years, and makers of Town Branch Bourbon, Pearse Lyons Reserve, and other whiskey products. ...

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Interview with Town Branch Distillery of Lexington, Kentucky (Part 1)

Coffman with his Forsyth's stills

Interview with Town Branch’s Ken Lee, Brewery Manager, and Mark Coffman, Director of Engineering By Richard Thomas When Alltech expanded it’s brewery by adding Town Branch Distillery, it became the first company to make bourbon in Lexington, Kentucky since the closure of the Old James E. Pepper Distillery in 1958. During a recent visit to this latest addition to the ...

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