Born in 1833

Reborn in 2015

Our spirits of today take inspiration from the best of the Boone County Distilling Co ghosts of the past. The courage of Reverend John Tanner. William Snyder’s untamed creative spirit. The practical determination of Appleton, Jenkins, and Gaff. All were pioneers filled with grit and determination as exemplified by Freiberg and Workum.

Those early pioneers have long since departed, but their influence is unmistakable in our craftsmanship. That’s our brand promise, we are handcrafted and “Made by Ghosts.”

In these simple, honest ways, we honor those who came before us.

1789

A stockade called Tanner‘s Station is built – the first Euro-American settlement in Boone County.

John J. Flourney establishes a steam mill which will later become the Boone County Distillery

1816

1833

William Snyder and his brother, John, buy the steam mill in Petersburg, Ky and transform it into the Petersburg Distillery.

Lewis Loder, a clerk at the distillery, begins his diaries chronicling life in Boone County and at the distillery.

1857

1860

1,000,000

gallons of whiskey are produced at the distillery.

Colonel William Appleton (Snyder’s son-in-law) buys the distillery after Snyder’s assets are seized by the government.

Loder’s Diary
Confederate forces fire upon Fort Sumter “Mrs. Carey’s boy got scalded by falling in a slop tub” (the boy died the next day)

1861

1864

High excise taxes on liquor to support the war effort force Appleton to sell 50% interest to J.C. Jenkins and James Gaff

Jenkins sell share to Freiberg & Workum

1864

1865

Loder’s Diary
“President Abe Lincoln was shot last night at a theatre in Washington. And W.H. Seward had his throat cut, both died today.”

Freiberg & Workum take over full ownership of the distillery.

1874

1880

Petersburg Distiller becomes the largest distillery in the state of Kentucky

Loder’s Diary
“The still called the Collin blew up in the Boone County Distillery and scalded two men. Both got scalded badly and burned the building considerably.”

Height of Production,

4,000,000

gallons of whiskey per year. One of the largest in the nation.

1897

1864

A bustling river city no longer, boats no longer stop at Petersburg

Distillery is shuttered, the building later becomes the Petersburg Jail. All reserves are sold by 1918

1910

2015

Bourbon is being bottled in Boone County Kentucky

2015

2015

The reborn Boone County Distillery produces it’s first barrel.

Boone County Distillery becomes a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

2016

2016

Introduction of Boone County White Hall Tavern Bourbon Cream

Introduction of Boone County Small Batch Bourbon

2019

2019

Introduction of Boone County Wheated Single Barrel Bourbon

Introduction of Boone County Pot Still Bourbon

2021

2021