By cover of darkness, Silent Brigade Distillery in Paducah, Kentucky has joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association as the 34th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
Silent Brigade Distillery, named after a secret group of night riders, was co-founded in 2014 by Keith Bundy and John Brown, co-workers and friends for more than a decade. Their skills as a boilermaker and crane operator, respectively, led to a shared passion for researching, designing and crafting copper stills.
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After sending stills to four craft distilleries, the two decided to follow their dream and opened Silent Brigade with their own handmade 305-gallon copper pot still. Their experiments with still design led to a smooth corn whiskey and unique “grain to glass” experience.
“Silent Brigade would like to thank the Kentucky Distillers’ Association for all the hard work they have done, not just for the distilling industry but for the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Bundy, the distillery’s president.
“It is humbling to be accepted into a prestigious organization with so many of the finest distilleries our great Commonwealth has to offer. As we continue to grow, we hope to be an asset and valuable member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.”
The distillery offers several varieties of flavored moonshine, including apple pie, peach, blackberry, chocolate coconut and pina colada, as well as the LBL recipes of apple sin and original 1950s style moonshine.
Plans for a wheated style of bourbon are underway. The bourbon mashbill will be 70% corn, 15% wheat, 10% barley, 5% rye. Their bourbon is expected to be aged for two to four years.
“Silent Brigade is an exciting addition to Paducah’s downtown scene,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “Keith and John have created an inviting space that welcomes the community and visitors to come together and engage in Kentucky’s thriving craft spirits industry.
Visitors to Silent Brigade can get a first-hand look at the distillation process, experience the products, then relax at the bar sharing stories with the distillers themselves while enjoying one of their many hand-crafted cocktails.
“We congratulate Silent Brigade on its success and proudly welcome them to our distilling family.”
Silent Brigade Distillery is located at 426 Broadway, and (thanks to the 2016 passage of Senate Bill 11) features a full-service bar where the bartenders are the same individuals who grind the grains, ferment the mash, distill, bottle, label and serve its signature cocktails. Tours and tastings are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.
Silent Brigade joins the Kentucky Distillers’ Association as a craft level member, aging less than 1,000 barrels a year. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association now has 34 members, the most since the Repeal of Prohibition.