December 12, 2019
Series I Bottle 6Peerless dumps the sixth bottle of the seven bottle Series I collection. This marks four years of aging for the first Peerless bourbon in 100 years. We thank those of the Series I holders that were able to join us on this special day!
December 12, 2019
Best Bourbon of 2019InsideHook names Peerless Bourbon ‘The Best Bourbon of 2019 https://www.insidehook.com/article/booze/favorite-bourbon-2019-peerless?fbclid=IwAR3R_4H-d1DsY0jSB7syQvs-VK6ew7ZvcZNC-6sdFq2yzTiLr9Su-lj-m6Q
Best Kentucky Bourbon 2020Peerless Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon has been named ‘Best Kentucky Bourbon’ in the 2020 World Whiskies Awards. Kentucky Peerless Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey was also a Gold winner for Rye 12 Years & Under.
Barrel-finished collaborationsKentucky Peerless Distilling Co. and Copper & Kings Distillery announce the release of two barrel-finished collaborations. Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. releases a Rye Whiskey aged in American Alembic absinthe barrels, while Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. releases copper pot-distilled American Brandy aged in Kentucky Peerless Rye Whiskey barrels.
March 23 2020
Masters SeriesOur first-ever combination Masters Series / Barrel Selection event with The Frazier Museum. The Frazier’s Masters Series is a popular series of programs celebrating Kentucky’s booming beverage industry.
Travelers' Choice WinnerKentucky Peerless Distilling Company has been named in the top 10% of attractions worldwide! We sincerely thank our patrons for joining in the revival of our family legacy. The support we’ve received is outstanding and greatly appreciated. We are honored to have been named a Travelers' Choice Winner each year since opening our doors.
Peerless Available by PrescriptionDuring the early 1920s, the Peerless federally-bonded warehouses are used for whiskey storage under the armed protection of the U.S. Government. In 1923, the contents of the warehouses (some 6,000 barrels of whiskey) are transported by troops to another facility in Owensboro, KY. For a period of time, Peerless product is of the few available by prescription for medicinal use.
Kraver Sustains the Great DepressionIn the early throes of the Great Depression, Henry Kraver invests in and serves as president of the First National Bank of Henderson. Opening its doors in 1932, the bank operates under this same name until 1993. The newly minted Montgomery Ward department store does not survive and in 1934 Kraver retrofits the space to be an 800-seat movie house and vaudeville stage. The Kraver Theater remains open from 1935 until 1976.
A Threat to Kraver's GrandsonAn event happens in 1933 that would alter the course of the Peerless legacy. Local union workers break into a Henderson insurance agency and leave a threatening letter for Kraver stating, “You better look out for your grandson.” With this, the Kraver family sends him to military school. After many amazing life experiences of his own, this grandson grows up to be the father of Corky Taylor and grandfather of Carson Taylor. Corky and Carson, respectively the 4th and 5th generations, are now reviving the legendary Peerless namesake in Louisville, Kentucky.
The End of an EraAfter a dedicated marriage, many business ventures, and a daughter together, Henry's wife Ida passes away in 1936. In October 1937, Kraver falls from the top of the grandiose stairs of the famous Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. This fall leaves him in need of surgery, and eventually, a leg amputation. Henry Kraver passes away from related complications in January 1938 at age 78.
A Legacy RevivedA building permit is issued to fourth and fifth-generation Corky and Carson Taylor. They begin construction on the new Peerless distillery. The over 115-year-old building in downtown Louisville is restored to become the remarkable distillery as it exists today. Construction is completed by March of 2015.
DSP-KY-50Peerless is able to obtain the original Kentucky Distilled Spirits Plant Number from the first Peerless Distillery in Henderson, Kentucky in the 1800s. DSP-KY-50 represents the history behind the Peerless family and the legacy behind Peerless bourbon. Today, Distilled Spirits Numbers are established in the 20,000s.
March 4, 2015
Barrel Number 1 is FilledFor the first time since 1917, Peerless Whiskey is back in the barrel. Corky Taylor, Henry Kraver’s Great Grandson, has come out of retirement to revive the family brand by opening Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company in downtown Louisville with his son Carson Taylor, 5th Generation. The Taylor family is making Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey and Bourbon. The legendary Peerless spirit continues and a new legacy is born.
June 3, 2015
Peerless Grand OpeningPeerless family and friends, including Mayor Greg Fisher, gather to celebrate the Peerless grand opening. Doors are officially open to the Peerless distillery and the public has the opportunity to participate, first-hand in the Peerless legacy. The significant distillery development is later recognized with a Cornerstone Award.
Perfecting the Peerless BottleAfter a design that embodies Peerless spirits is complete, Carson Taylor travels to the bottle factory he has been working with for the past two years to give input on the execution. It took about a year working with the glass manufacturers to perfect the vision for the bottle. Being a part of the process was crucial to Carson because this bottle will hold the first Peerless whiskey in 100 years.
Peerless Prohibition BottleCarson Taylor discovers a bottle of Prohibition whiskey under the Henry Kraver name and surprises Corky with it for his birthday. The bottle will remain in the distillery, unopened.
April 27, 2017
First Barrel Dump Since the Peerless Revival
The first batch of Peerless Rye Whiskey is dumped and ready to be bottled as the first brown spirit in 100 years under the Peerless name.
Rye Release to the PublicThe public joins in celebration for the whiskey that is finally able to be sipped and savored by all. Peerless Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is now available in Kentucky and Washington, D.C.
November 18, 2017
Exclusive Distillery Single Barrel Selections
Master distiller Caleb Kilburn selects three single barrels that highlight distinctive natural profiles to be introduced on November 18, 2017.
Due to the careful distilling process, Peerless Rye is multi-dimensional in terms of flavor. Single Barrel selections allow for concentration on a particular barrel’s unique characteristics.