Our Story  

Jefferson’s Bourbon has been breaking boundaries and unlocking new possibilities since 1997. Explore our history and process.  

Tasting Jefferson's Bourbon

Crafting Innovative Bourbon Since 1997

Founded in 1997, Jefferson’s is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They continued a family whiskey tradition that goes back to Trey’s 8th generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799 for the “production and sales of spirituous liquors.” 

Trey’s curious and experimental mindset has allowed him to push the boundaries of bourbon whiskey, upholding tradition while still searching for new possibilities. 

Our Process

From bourbon aged at sea to unique experiments with wood, Jefferson’s Bourbon is constantly pushing the boundaries of bourbon whiskey by experimenting with cutting-edge aging techniques.

Jefferson’s Journey

Bourbon will take a trip it hasn’t made since the spirit was invented.

Jefferson's Journey

The Wood Experiments

Trey got the inspiration for the Experiment Collection after spending time in a wine cooperage in Missouri.

Jefferson's Wood Experiments Bottles

25 Years of Jefferson’s Bourbon

The Miles – A documentary celebrating 25 years of Jefferson’s Bourbon.

Jefferson’s Founder Trey Zoeller + Bourbon Pursuit7

Reflect on the past 25 years as we discuss what it was like trying to break into a spirits community that didn’t want newcomers and the hurdles (and lightbulb moments) that come with it.

Visit US

The Kentucky Artisan Distillery is the official home of Jefferson’s Bourbon.

All our distilling, blending, and bottling happens here. This is where ideas like the Barrel Aged Manhattan, Wine Finishes, Wood Experiments, and Rum Finish become reality.

Kentucky Artisan Distillery