The Peerless Distilling Company roots can be traced back to 1889, when Henry Kraver began distilling bourbon in Henderson, Kentucky. The company’s brand lay dormant since 1917. Now, after 98 years and 128 miles north of its original location, the new Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company is set for its re-grand opening on June 4, 2015.
Corky and Carson Taylor, fourth and fifth generation descendants of Henry Kraver, are reviving the family business to become urban Bourbon makers on Whisky Row in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Corky serves as chairman of the distillery originally owned by his great-grandfather from 1896-1917. After retiring from his position as president and CEO of BENCOR Inc., a financial services company, Corky decided to reignite the family business with the establishment of a grain to bottle bourbon distillery. Carson serves as president of the company.
Together, the father son duo are taking their family heritage and modern distilling to craft with an authentic product and experience for their Peerless customers. The distillery produces and ages its own bourbon and rye, a complete grain-to-bottle production. It also produces Lucky Moonshine that is ready to serve to distillery tour guests immediately.
The distillery opens to the public on June 4, 2015. Visitors to the distillery will learn about the Taylor family’s history behind the Peerless brand, see their state-of-the-art still in action and walk through the barrel warehouse; all under one roof. In as little as two years, customers will see that ‘Patience Builds Character’ as the Peerless two-year Rye and four-year Bourbon come to maturation.
The distillery is located at 120 N. 10th Street, Louisville, KY 40202 . Tours run Wednesday-Saturday on every half hour from 10:30am-2:30pm.