Originally established in 1856 in Paris, Kentucky, the original Chicken Cock American Whiskey rose in popularity during the 19th century and was infamously a staple of Prohibition-era speakeasies, including the Cotton Club, where it would be smuggled inside in nondescript tin cans. Chicken Cock disappeared from the market in the 1950’s after the original distillery burned down, but we’ve now brought The Famous Old Brandback, combining 160 years of history with a touch of 21st century.
In the Summer of 2018, we bottled twelve barrels of our award-winning 10 Year Old Double Barrel Bourbon. We then gave six of those barrels to our friends at Goodwood Brewing in Louisville to finish their delicious Walnut Brown Ale. When they were done, we took those barrels back and filled them with a blend of our best, hand selected Kentucky Bourbon aged up to 11.5 years. The result is our first Beer Barrel Select, born and bottled in the Bluegrass State.
Bardstown Bourbon Company
On September 10, 2018, The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) announced that Grain & Barrel Spirits, the maker of pre-prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey, has joined BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program. Grain & Barrel will work together with BBCo to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand, which dates back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August.