Originally operating as Worsham Distilling Company, the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company began in Henderson, Kentucky in the early 1880s. In 1889, under the leadership of the entrepreneur, and our ancestor, Henry Kraver, Peerless Whiskey production began to flourish.

Historical-Kentucky-Peerless-Distilling-Company
Historical Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company
Henry Kraver - Peerless Distilling
Henry Kraver - Peerless Distilling

Kraver wasted no time making upgrades to machinery and investing in additional warehouses that eventually became U.S. Federally Bonded following the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. Thus, production of Peerless whiskey raised substantially from 8 to 200 barrels a day.

Through the early 1920s, the Peerless federally-bonded warehouses were used for whiskey storage under the armed protection of the U.S. Government.  During Prohibition, Peerless product was one of the few available by prescription for medicinal use.

The original Kentucky Peerless Distilling was Distilled Spirits Plant number 50.  Today, we are privileged to have that same number. The newly assigned DSP numbers are in the 20,000s. We are very happy to say DSP-KY-50 is our own.

Helene & Roy M. Taylor
Helene & Roy M. Taylor
Roy Taylor Jr ACE
Roy Taylor Jr ACE
Corky and Carson Taylor
Corky and Carson Taylor

Now, five generations have been connected to Peerless. The family namesake was revived by Kraver’s great-grandson, Corky Taylor and his son, Carson Taylor.

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. 120 N. 10th Street Louisville, KY

Not only have Corky and Carson personally revived the Peerless heritage, they have restored history in designing and rebuilding the remarkable distillery as it exists in downtown Louisville today.

The Peerless distillery is now a state of the art facility with cutting-edge technology, making it one of the most automated distilleries around. All under one roof, the select Kentucky Peerless grains are milled, cooked, fermented, double-distilled, and barreled as bourbon & rye whiskey.

2,500 gallon cooker
2,500 gallon cooker
Five Fermentation Tanks
Six Fermentation Tanks
26-Foot Continuous Copper Still
26-Foot Continuous Copper Still

Our 2,500 gallon cooker holds the finest corn, rye, barley and Kentucky Limestone water. Our facility houses six fermentation tanks, a 3,800 gallon beer well, and a one-of-a-kind 26-foot continuous copper still made here in Louisville Kentucky by Vendome Copper & Brass Works.

Vendome Copper and Brass
Vendome Copper and Brass

Our team is honored to share what makes the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company so unique. Our urban distillery located in downtown Louisville, KY and vast family history are unmatched. After five generations of bourbon makers, we have the patience to make your favorite bourbon.