- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Master distiller Ken Pierce is retiring from the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown after a career spanning more than 30 years in the industry.

At the Kentucky distillery, Pierce was involved in all aspects of bourbon production, from evaluating grain to selecting mature whiskey. He was instrumental in developing 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and in recent line extensions.

The whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state.

The distillery said Wednesday that Pierce had stints as chief chemist and director of distillation before becoming master distiller. It says his retirement is effective May 13.

The Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands, which is owned by the Sazerac Company.

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