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Lexington, Kentucky

Who doesn't love a
revival story?  

James E. Pepper Distillery represents a resurgence of interest in historic bourbon brands and the rich heritage of Kentucky's bourbon industry.

It is a testament to the enduring legacy of James E. Pepper and his contributions to the world of American whiskey and the entrepreneur who had a vision.

Cheers to you sir!  Well done


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A Growing Industry

Before the revival of James E. Pepper Distillery, Town Branch Distillery and Bluegrass Distillers were notable craft distilleries in Lexington, Kentucky, contributing to the city's growing reputation in the bourbon industry.

Town Branch Distillery was founded in 2012 and is located in downtown Lexington, is part of the Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, which also produces Kentucky Bourbon barrel beer.

Bluegrass Distillers was founded in 2012 by a group of friends with a passion for bourbon. The distillery is committed to crafting small-batch, handcrafted spirits using locally sourced ingredients. Their product lineup includes bourbon, rye whiskey, and various flavored spirits

Both distillers played significant roles in promoting Lexington's bourbon culture and contributing to the resurgence of craft distilling in the region. They continue to be celebrated for their dedication to quality and innovation in the spirits industry.​


Explore Lexington

Lexington, Kentucky, often referred to as the "Horse Capital of the World," is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and a thriving bourbon scene. 

Downtown Lexington offers a lively mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and entertainment venues. You can stroll along the charming streets, visit local boutiques and artisan shops, and dine at farm-to-table restaurants serving up delicious Southern cuisine.

Horse Farms and Keeneland: Lexington is famous for its horse farms and breeding operations. Tour some of the picturesque horse farms in the area, where you can see champion Thoroughbreds and learn about the history of horse racing.


Keeneland, one of the most prestigious horse racing tracks in the country.  Make sure to visit during the spring/fall racing meets, it is a wonderful immersive experience into Thoroughbred horse racing.

Lexington has a rich history dating back to the colonial era. You can explore historic sites such as Ashland, the estate of Henry Clay, a prominent statesman from the 19th century, and Mary Todd Lincoln House, the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln's wife

The Headley-Whitney museum is a wonderful walk through designed gardens and the works of George Headley,  a renowned jewelry designer and silversmith. The museum showcases many of his original creations, including stunning pieces of jewelry.

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