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James E. Pepper Distillery, Lexington

#2 of 14 in Breweries & Distilleries in Lexington
Must see · Distillery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
The Pepper family brand of whiskey is the oldest and most legendary whiskey brand in both Kentucky and American history. Founded during the American Revolution. Visit us in downtown Lexington to tour the distillery and taste our award winning whiskeys.


Wed-Sat tours start every hour 10:30am-3:30pm, retail shop open 10am -7pm

Sunday tours every hour Noon-4pm, retail shop open 11:30am-5:30pm

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  • Nice mix of history, bourbon basics, brewing techniques, and tasting. The area has breweries and other interesting businesses.  more »
  • Sure, they purchased an old name & have re-invented the process, but they are in the historic building and doing things very well & true to the history.  more »
  • This was an exceptional tour! Only one hour and full of the history, explanation of the processes, a finger-dip into the fermenting cauldron, and lots of tasting. Our guide Rachel was exceptional. The small tour group allowed questions and always an answer. Good tip: go next door to Goodfellows Pizza for more distillery history and great pizza.
  • We didn't tour, but did a sampling. It was fun and the building and grounds are awesome. Just passing thru quick, but would like to explore more in the future.
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