Peerless Leaders

We are the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. - Makers of Fine Bourbon and Rye Whiskey

Our roots run deep into the 1880’s through the heart of Henderson, Kentucky. Our ancestor, Henry Kraver, made the famous Peerless Whiskey a regional powerhouse. After ceasing operations during Prohibition, the Peerless label has laid dormant — until now. We've revived is legacy, a task that we do not take on lightly. The Peerless team is proudly to craft our own path in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. At Peerless, we are dedicated to taking the time to craft seriously superior spirits. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskey we've crafted with you in mind.

Corky Taylor / 4th Generation

Corky Taylor was past President and CEO of BENCOR Inc., a financial services company he founded. After selling his business located in Sarasota, Florida in 2009, Corky tried retirement but obviously it did not work.

He is currently resurrecting Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company after 98 years. His Great Grandfather, Henry Kraver, was owner of the distillery in Henderson Kentucky from 1896 to 1917. Corky is currently bringing back the family history and has re-opened a grain to bottle distillery in downtown Louisville.

Corky Taylor - Peerless
Carson Taylor - Peerless

Carson Taylor / 5th Generation

Fifth generation to Peerless founder, Henry Kraver, Carson Taylor was a successful business owner when he chose to follow his passion of reviving a family legacy with father and Peerless owner, Corky Taylor. He jumped into the new venture with no hesitation and it is not difficult to see why. The passion Carson has for the Peerless family history and the newly revitalized operation is obvious in all that he does.

From the structural foundation of the distillery as it exists today, to the quality spirits crafted within the walls, to the detailed Peerless bottle design and everything in between, Carson pours his heart into every Peerless element. Carson focuses on crafting honest spirits that live up the profound legacy his ancestor left behind. His attention to detail and drive to offer an authentic experience from start to finish have set Peerless at an unparalleled caliber.

Cadie / Creative Marketing

My background in marketing and design in general confirm where my passion lies. Dipping my toes into promotion within the alcohol industry helped me to discover where I wanted to develop that passion. Meeting Corky and Carson, I instantly knew I wanted to be a bigger part of what they were creating. I can honestly say there is not a day I feel like I am “working”. I love what I do and who I do it with.

Started – December 2016

Gary Bajdek / Head of Retail & Sensory Specialist

I work in the distilled spirits industry and was looking for a change of scenery. As soon as I stepped foot in this historic building, I knew I was where I needed to be.

Started – March 2017

Dan Cole / Bottling Line Operator

I was introduced to Peerless through a mutual contact working as a consultant on bottle labeling. I had recently retired from Think Packaging when the Taylor family invited me onto their team. I now work on the bottling line.

Started – May 2017

Tara Bowling / Special Projects Coordinator

Through my roommate, Kat, I heard about Peerless and what it was all about. After being introduced to the company and the people who worked here, I really enjoyed the family feel of it — Even if you’re not a part of the family you still feel like you are. Everything here is based on being the best and there’s no question about it. We feel proud to work here everyday and show everyone who walks through the door what a Peerless experience really means.

Started – October 2016

Tommy Edwards / Distiller & Logistics Management

Carson and I have known each other for years through the building industry and our shared love of boating. I have great confidence in the Taylor Family and I’m honored to be part of the Peerless Team.

Started – September 2014

Christa Edwards / Head of Office

Tommy and I have known Carson for years since we all previously worked in the same industry. I came on board just after they purchased the building in 2013 and it’s as if I blinked and 4 years have gone by. I’m so thankful I joined the Taylor family on this journey in the early stages. I’m so proud of all that we have accomplished in the last four years and can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next.

Started – October 2013

Kat Halblieb / Hospitality Hostess

I, just like a lot of people here, got through the door by knowing someone who was already working here. I was just looking for a cool job to work while I was taking classes and trying to graduate. And as time went on, I realized this is not just a normal part-time job. It is a really unique job that I could learn a lot at. It truly has given me not only a ton of knowledge of how to make bourbon, but it has given me the opportunity to interact with the customers and, most importantly, it has given me the chance to work for such a humble and gracious family as the Taylor’s.

Started – August 2016

Imogean Hayes / Facility Specialist

Chris called me one day before the distillery had opened to the public and she said “Mom, we need help! We have guests coming to visit and this place is a mess from all of the construction. Can you help us get it cleaned up?” That was 2 years ago and the only time I stop cleaning is when they let me work in the bottling room. I love being part of Peerless and getting to work for such a wonderful family. Whether I’m cleaning or bottling I can’t imagine anywhere I’d rather be.

Started – February 2015

Hayley Hoback / Public Relations & Marketing Associate

After graduating from WKU in the Spring of 2016 with a Public Relations degree, I moved back to my hometown of Louisville, KY where I began working at Peerless part-time because I knew the lovely Alayna Whelan who had been working here for months at that point. Not even a few short months passed and I knew I had found my home and what was even better is they let me stay! I now work with an amazing team of people doing PR, Marketing, Events and a little bit of everything in between.

Started – June 2016

Caleb Kilburn / Head Distiller

During college, I became absolutely fascinated with distillation. After shadowing several kind Cookers, Distillers and Plant Managers, I knew I had to become a distiller. Corky & Carson were kind enough to let me help build Peerless with them from the ground up. I started out doing labor work and quickly expanded my responsibilities to managing equipment and controls installation. My dreams came true when they asked me to become their Head Distiller and I have been living that dream every day since then.

Started – May 2014

Nick Klee / Distiller & Production Coordinator

I followed the distillery online in the beginning and continued to drop off resumes and wrote handwritten letters to Corky & Carson. I kept track of the progress they were making from the outside and then a month before they opened, they offered me a job. I credit getting the job to persistence, hard work & dedication (and a little bit of stalking).

Started – May 2015

Nick Rolfes / Hospitality Host

After being taken on a tour of Peerless by a friend, I fell in love with the bourbon industry and knew I needed to be a part of it. The team brought me in to help out at probably one of the most exciting times: the Rye party and during the excitement of it all, I guess they liked me! I now work at the distillery giving tours while getting to share my passion for making bourbon with everyone else.

Started – May 2017

Cordell Lawrence / Director, Global Marketing & Strategy

I’m truly grateful to have had the privilege of working for some of the most iconic Spirit brands in the world including Maker’s Mark, Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort, but nothing compares to the day I first heard the Peerless Story from the man himself, Corky Taylor. Corky’s warmth, authenticity and integrity are unparalleled. His purpose is to make the finest product without hesitation, just as his Great-grandfather, Henry Kraver, did in the 1800’s. I am humbled and honored to be one of the caretakers of Peerless.

Started – March 2017

Steve Lyverse / Advisor

In the Taylor’s warm and sincere southern style, I was welcomed and invited to “drop by anytime,” which I did, usually at lunch. My visits began to take purpose and grew into conversations on strategy, structure, culture, opportunity, etc. Mutual trust strengthened, friendships formed, opportunity knocked and here I am.

Started – September 2014

Emily Rollins / Sensory Specialist

I met the Peerless team in September 2016 from working at a bar right down the block. We would share knowledge of spirits and beer, and shared a common love of people and distilling. In early June 2017 I was asked to join the Peerless family and have loved every minute of it!

Started – June 2017

Kyle Peyton / Cooking Operator

I graduated from Murray State University (which is how I really got the job) and was working for a moving company right after that which is how I got in the door here. I told Carson while I was moving furniture that I had an interest in homebrewing and how I had been doing it for a couple of years. After talking with him and Corky, who also went to Murray, they offered me a job and now I work as one of the Cookers in the distillery but also do anything anyone asks me to.

Started – May 2016

Haley Routt / Marketing Associate

Being in the alcohol industry was something I knew I always wanted to be apart of. Peerless made that dream a reality when they offered me a part-time job during the summer that they opened (2015) and within 6 months they offered me a permanent position. I never interviewed or visited any other options once I graduated college. I knew immediately that I was going to love it here & my heart has never changed. I am now the Marketing Director and even though we are a small distillery, the family bond we have within these walls are HUGE!

Started – June 2015

Angela Sherman / Hospitality Hostess

I was a school teacher when I met Corky & Carson through my husband, Rob. Corky said, “Why don’t you come work for me part-time?” So, I jumped at the chance! I am honored to be a member of their team, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for them. I love sharing the history with our guest and showing them some genuine Kentucky hospitality…. And I don’t have to grade any papers!

Started – May 2015

Leslie Sloan / Hospitality Hostess

Straight out of high school is when I joined the Peerless family. I am known as the farmer’s daughter or the barrel racer. My father use to be the farmer that would come to pick up the leftover stillage to take it to feed buffalo and cows, so that is how I got my foot in the door here. The bottling line is where I began as well as giving tours and helping out in retail as well. I am the youngest employee you will meet here, but usually I am acting like the oldest.

Started – May 2015

Dustin Tucker / Bottling Line Operator

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Being with the same company for over 10 years, I found myself channeling that spirit into different outlets; one of them being bourbon. I never thought I’d be fortunate enough to turn that passion into a reality. Joining Peerless and contributing to one of the biggest parts of what makes Kentucky and Bourbon so great, is a dream come true. I look forward to being a part of the Peerless family for years to come.

Started – May 2017

Drew Tyler / Cooking & Bottling Line Operator

After spending 13 years in the Electronics manufacturing services industry, I felt a change was needed. When the opportunity came to join the Peerless team with it’s rich and unique history, along with an awesome work environment, I didn’t think twice about it.

Started – February 2017

Pat Vaughn / CFO

I had worked half days for Corky, in a previous business, for 12 years. When he and Carson decided to start Peerless, I was brought on board to formalize the strategic plan and financial forecast. These documents were used to obtain financing and approval from various County & State agencies. I currently serve on The Board of Directors of Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

Started – September 2013

John Wadell / Sensory Specialist

I ended up meeting Caleb through a mutual contact. We hung out for awhile and I guess he saw something in me because here I am now! Enjoying doing a little bit of everything under the Peerless roof.

Started – March 2017

Alayna Whelan / Hospitality Hostess

I got my start at Peerless Distillery in 2015 when Lucky Moonshine was first released. I was “Lucky” enough to get to be a part of one of the first photo shoots to promote the Moonshine. Apparently I could not get enough of the distillery because I was back a few weeks later to bartend at the soft opening! That night Carson offered me a job (even though I dropped two bottles of whiskey in front of him) and the rest is history!

Started – January 2015

Shaun Wilson / Creative Marketing

I have been in the multimedia and creative marketing industry for nearly 18 years. Partnering with Peerless to help cultivate their vision has evolved into working with various aspects of marketing and I am honored to be a part of such an amazing team.

Started – April 2014