Covid-19 Protocol:

We are happy to announce that our distillery will resume tours starting on July 1st.  Per the recommendations from the CDC and Governor of Kentucky, our standard operating procedures and environment have been altered to provide a safe environment for all visitors and employees.  This includes requirements for PPE, social distancing, sanitizing procedures and limits on traffic.  All tours must be reserved online.  Visitors must follow all posted instructions while visiting our distillery.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  Guests visiting our distillery voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  We appreciate your help in keeping us all healthy.  Please email any questions to

Located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, we offer 2 types of tours at our facility.  Our gift shop is full of unique items and our bar offers tasting flights, neat pours and Old Fashioned cocktails that can be enjoyed at the bar or outside on our patio.

Shop hours are Wed-Sat 10-6 and Sun 11:30-5:30.
Per Person $20 | Veteran $10;
Active Military Free
No children under 14


A guided tour that includes the story of the historic Pepper Brand & Distillery, time in the distillery museum, a tour of the working distillery, a tasting of our award-winning whiskeys and a complimentary Glencairn whiskey glass.

Wed-Sat tours start every hour 10:30am-3:30pm
Sunday tours every hour Noon-4pm

*Limited Winter Hours (Dec-Feb): Wed, Thu, Fri tours begin at 12:30pm

*Hours subject to change due to holiday/distillery closures, or special events.  Please check FaceBook for any announcements.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour to allow time to park and check in. ONLINE RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE 1 HOUR IN ADVANCE. We strongly encourage buying tickets online to avoid sold-out tours and to avoid issues with holiday/distillery closures. Please wear comfortable shoes and plan to stand/walk for the duration of the tour (about an hour). For additional information call (859) 309-3230 or email



Located at 1228 Manchester St., we are just a 3-minute drive from Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, in the heart of the Distillery District.  We are right next door to restaurants, bars, a brewery, gourmet ice cream, coffee and more!

For Waze & Google maps enter "James E. Pepper Distillery" on Manchester St. for directions.  Enter the parking lot at 1170 Manchester St. and head to the other side—our building is the one with the smokestack and '1776' water tower.  Our front door is on the patio, just follow the signs for the PEPPER DISTILLERY.

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