Historic James Pepper distillery to restart production

1st August, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

Kentucky-based James Pepper Distilling Co is set to commence production in October this year after securing a federal distillery permit.

Last year, Georgetown Trading Co, maker of the James E. Pepper 1776 whiskey brand, revealed plans to form the James Pepper Distilling Co and rebuild a historic distillery in Lexington, Kentucky.

The original James E. Pepper Distillery was founded in 1879 by Colonel James E. Pepper. Pepper operated the site until his death in 1906 and the distillery continued production until 1958 when it was shut down and left to fall into disrepair.

In recent years, parts of the site and its adjacent buildings have been revitalised by local businesses.

James Pepper Distilling Co will use an on-site historic limestone well, situated 200 feet below ground. Corn, rye and barley have been grown in partnership with local farmers and will be harvested in time for production.

The distillery will also feature a copper column still that is inspired by historic mechanical drawings of the old site.

James Pepper Distilling Co will have an annual capacity of 260,000 proof gallons. Once completed the distillery will also feature a museum showcasing the life of Colonel James E. Pepper.

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