The Kentucky Peerless Distillery Co. was the second largest distillery in Kentucky until it shut down in 1918. Then-owner Henry Kraver’s great grandson, Corky Taylor, grew up with stories and memorabilia from the distillery, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that Taylor decided to resurrect his family’s distillery with his son, Carson. The company will bottle and sell its moonshine, then its 4-year old bourbon.
Production of “Peerless” whiskey rises from 8 to 200 barrels a day between 1890 and 1900.
By 1913, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. employs nearly 50 workers and his producing 10,000 barrels per year.
They were able to retain their original DSP number (Distilled Spirits Plant) of 50 by showing proof of definitive family lineage.