Surviving Remnants of Lexington’s Bourbon Industry

Old Pepper Distillery in Lexington, KY

By Richard Thomas When Lyons Spirits built a distillery and started making Town Branch Bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve, they reintroduced bourbon-making to Lexington, Kentucky after an absence of more than five decades. Until that time, the most visible sign that Lexington was a whiskey-making town had been the old James E. Pepper plant on Manchester Street, Lexington’s last working ...

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Touring the Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Warehouse and Water Tower

By Richard Thomas Buffalo Trace has built up an impressive reputation for crafting a wide, deep line of premium American whiskeys, as well as for its willingness to experiment with new whiskey-making techniques. That reputation has made the distillery’s Frankfort, Kentucky facility a fixture on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a must-see for any serious fan of Kentucky bourbon. The distillery ...

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Touring Town Branch

Coffman with his Forsyth's stills

By Richard Thomas Whether you call it Town Branch Distillery, Lyons Spirits, or Alltech Brewing and Distilling, it’s the place that put Lexington back on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The world’s thoroughbred horse capital hadn’t had a bourbon distillery since the closure of the James E. Pepper plant in 1958, but now horse racing enthusiasts, traveling whiskey-lovers, and Lexington residents ...

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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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Wemyss to Build New Distillery in Fife

(From Wemyss Malts Press Release) The Wemyss family is delighted to announce that it will shortly begin building a new single malt whiskey distillery and visitor center by Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland. Approximately 6 miles from St. Andrews, The Kingsbarns Distillery will be built within sight of the world-famous Kingsbarns championship golf course on land which will be leased from Sir ...

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