James E. Pepper Distillery marks one year of distilling in historic location

December 5, 2018

For Immediate Release



Lexington, KY—December 21 marks one year of distillation at the historic James E. Pepper distillery in Lexington, KY. After a decade-long labor of love the distillery began to once again make whiskey after sitting dormant for nearly sixty years.

“This is a really exciting milestone,” said Amir Peay, owner and proprietor of the distillery. “To finally have all the pieces come together and see such a warm response from consumers, the community and visitors is very gratifying.”

Along with moving all production in-house, the distillery also opened its doors for tours in July. Since then, visitor numbers have grown steadily and the distillery recently made it to the top of the list on tripadvisor for visitor attractions in Lexington.

“It has been an eventful year,” said Marjorie Amon, visitor center manager. “We have been working really hard on our tour experience and to receive such positive guest feedback really validates our efforts. We have a great team here and more good stuff is on the horizon.”

The James E. Pepper Distillery is know for their 1776 brand of whiskies which are available throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Their line up of Rye Whiskies recently swept gold medals a the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, with the Old Pepper Finest Kentucky Oak being named “Best Rye in the World.”

For more information on the James E. Pepper Distillery or their products, please visit www.jamesepepper.com. The distillery is open for tours Wednesday – Sunday and reservations can be made on the website.



About the Pepper Brand & Distillery:

Founded during the American Revolution and distilled over 3 family generations, the Pepper family brand of whiskey is one of the oldest & most iconic brands of whiskey made in Kentucky.  The historic James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington operated until 1958, when production ceased and both the distillery and brand were abandoned for over 50 years.  After a campaign of extensive historical research, a project began to re-launch the brand and rebuild the distillery.  The brand was re-launched in 2010 and in December of 2017 the iconic distillery, DSP-KY-5, began distilling whiskey once more using historic recipes and locally grown grain.  Located in downtown Lexington, the Pepper Distillery is in the heart of the Distillery District, a revitalized neighborhood and vibrant entertainment district featuring restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and more.

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