New Riff Distilling
Founded in 2014 by Ken Lewis, a Kentucky liquor retailer and entrepreneur, New Riff crafts a range of whiskeys with a focus on bourbon and rye as well as Kentucky gin. Independently and family-owned, New Riff’s freedom from outside pressures and interests has allowed them to set meaningful standards of quality that make the distillery distinct within the ranks of Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey producers. Although some of their practices are not necessarily new to the world of whiskey, it is unusual to find a distillery adhering simultaneously to so many traditional methods and with such attention to detail. Sourcing non-GMO grains, using mineral-rich water from an aquifer below the distillery, allowing slow and open fermentation, distilling in copper only, and leaning heavily upon the strict stipulations of Bottled-in-Bond production, New Riff cuts no corners. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the accolades for this small distillery continue to grow.