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James E. Pepper Distillery Launches Production In Kentucky

December 22, 2017

James Pepper Distilling Co., maker of the James E. Pepper “1776” whiskey range, has fermented, distilled and barreled its first batch of Bourbon at the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. The facility initially will produce over 42,000 proof gallons, but plans call for an eventual capacity boost to 260,000 proof gallons. The James E. Pepper line includes 1776 Rye, 1776 Bourbon, a barrel-proof rye, a Sherry cask finished rye and a 1776 ale.

The original James E. Pepper distillery was built in 1869 and mothballed in 1958. The brand was relaunched in 2008 by entrepreneur Amir Peay, who unveiled plans for the distillery in May of 2016. The project was carried out in partnership with local businesses on a 25-acre site in Lexington. The facility also has space for a museum, a brewery, restaurants, bars, and other amenities.

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