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An Overnight Success 250 years in the making

THE LIFE & LEGACY OF ELIJAH CRAIG

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Reverend Elijah Craig was a Baptist preacher, an educator, and an entrepreneur who built the first paper and wool mills in Georgetown, Kentucky. But for all his talents, it was his gift as a distiller and an innovator that made him truly great.

FIRST TO CHAR. FIRST IN CLASS.

In 1789, Elijah Craig became the first distiller to age his whiskey in new charred oak barrels. Some claim that an accidental fire charred his barrels and changed the whiskey inside. Others say he stored his whiskey in former sugar barrels and was impressed with how charring improved the flavor.

Today, Elijah Craig is
still known to all as
the Father of Bourbon

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However it happened, Elijah Craig knew he had discovered something great. He continued to refine the barrel charring process, imparting smooth, rich flavor to the spirit that would become known as Bourbon. 250 years later, he is still known as the Father of Bourbon—and we craft our Bourbon today using the same time-honored methods.

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THE SPARK OF INNOVATION

From our award-winning Small Batch Bourbons to our first-ever Straight Rye Whiskey, our Master Distillers remain committed to honoring Elijah's innovative spirit.


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Discover the Greatness Within Toasted Barrel: our newest expression finished in custom toasted barrels for added sweet oak complexity. We think the Reverend Elijah Craig would approve.

THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ELIJAH CRAIG

Every Bourbon is crafted from four essential

elements: Grain, Water, Fire & Time. But it

takes expertise & ingenuity to transform them

into unique and award-winning whiskeys.

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See where greatness begins—firsthand.
Visit us at the Bourbon Heritage Center.