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James Pepper Distilling Co. names master distiller

Aaron Schorsch
Aaron Schorsch

Spent 10 years at Seagram’s Lawrenceburg

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2017) — Aaron Schorsch has been named master distiller at the James Pepper Distilling Co.

Schorsch spent 10 years as a distillery production operator at the Seagram’s Lawrenceburg whiskey distillery in Indiana, two years as a brewery production supervisor at Samuel Adams brewery and four years as a distillery production supervisor at the Jim Beam distillery

The project to renovate and rebuild the downtown Lexington distillery, originally built in 1879 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was announced in May of 2016 and is on track for production to commence by October.

The project will feature a solid copper column still from Vendome Copper in Louisville, which is being designed in reference to the historic mechanical drawings from the old distillery and the old still made by Vendome in 1934 — the year Prohibition was repealed in Kentucky.

The distillery will have an initial annual production of more than 42,000 proof gallons, with the ability for greater capacity in the future. It will also utilize the old limestone well at the distillery 200 feet below ground. Once completed the distillery will feature a museum on the founder, the Colonel James E. Pepper.