About Jefferson

We make our bourbon in small batches, ridiculously small batches. This enables us to showcase the different flavors that result from the wood in each barrel, as in the case of single barrel bourbons. We maintain the consistency that is found in small batch bottling through our barrel selections and compare it to making dinner for 8 friends rather than 80 people.

The Smaller the Better

Founded in 1997, Jefferson’s is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They were continuing a family tradition that goes back to Trey’s 8th generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799 for the "production and sales of spirituous liquors.” To personify the brand, they chose Thomas Jefferson—known for his curiosity and experimental spirit. This is a mindset to which Trey has dedicated himself, pushing the boundaries of the definition of bourbon. Upholding tradition, yet always discovering new possibilities.


Creating very uncommon bourbon is a journey. We seek out new and aged barrels of bourbon from established distilleries that have perfected their art over hundreds of years. Then we do some old-fashioned experimenting, building balance and adding complexity through different selection, agitation and environmental processes until we find the taste Jefferson’s is known for.

Visitor Center

The home of Jefferson’s Bourbon is located in the heart of Bourbon Country, and just minutes from downtown Louisville, at the Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, Kentucky. A visit to the KAD offers guests the opportunity to learn the fascinating story behind Jefferson’s Bourbon while touring a small craft distillery and seeing the process of bourbon and rye production from grain to bottle. We invite you to enjoy the experience as uncommon as the bourbon!