Alltech founder Pearse Lyons was among those inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame on Friday. The late Lyons founded Town Branch Distillery and Kentucky Ale in Lexington, the only joint brewery and distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
This is the bourbon’s highest honor, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, which created the hall of fame.
The other inductees were:
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▪ Matthew J. Shattock, chairman and CEO of Beam Suntory.
▪ Max L. Shapira, president of Heaven Hill Brands, also will be honored with the Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award.
“This year’s class truly shows the diversity of personas behind the growing Golden Age of Kentucky Bourbon, from a beloved tour guide whose wisdom and personality embodies and elevates our visitors’ experience, to the leadership and passion of three top executives who have forged the path to our current success,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, in a news release.
The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame was created in 2001 and every year the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and transformative contributions to the bourbon industry.