An Old Brand ~ A Historic Distillery ~ Unique, Well-Crafted Whiskies ~ Lexington, KY
The Pepper family brand of whiskey is an iconic Kentucky & American whiskey brand produced from the American Revolution through 1958. After going out production for decades, it was relaunched by whiskey entrepreneur, Amir Peay, in 2008. A campaign of thorough historical research and collection of historic materials has been ongoing, and have been used to retell the lost story of this iconic American whiskey brand and to distill new stocks of "Pepper" whiskey (visit the History Page to learn more). To begin the relaunch of this historic brand partnerships with existing distilleries were formed and today the whiskey distilled for the 1776 line of whiskeys is made in a collaboration with the historic Lawrenceburg Distillery in Indiana. It was always a goal to one day build a James E. Pepper distillery and museum in Kentucky, and the dream was to be able to do so at the site of the abandoned historic James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. In the Spring of 2016, the dream became a reality and news was finally announced that a plan had been finalized to renovate & rebuild the historic James E. Pepper Distillery. In December of 2017, distillation re-commenced at the historic property and it is set to open to the public in Spring of 2018. Learn more about the distillery project on our Distillery Page.