Originally founded in Paris, Kentucky in 1856, Chicken Cock Whiskey rose to fame during Prohibition as the house whiskey at the Cotton Club. In 2013 we brought The Famous Old Brand back and it's better than ever!

 

Brand History

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Chicken Cock was first distilled in Paris, KY in 1856. While it became a big Bourbon brand during the 19th century, Chicken Cock really hit its stride during Prohibition as the house whiskey at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem. At the Cotton Club it became known as "The Whiskey in a Tin Can" due to how it was smuggled in to avoid the long arm of the law. A distillery fire in the 1950's put an end to the brand's initial run before being brought back to life by Grain & Barrel in 2016.

Current Release

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In celebration of our 160th anniversary we released 30 barrels of limited edition eight year old bourbon. Bottled in a rebirth of one of our Prohibition-era bottles one barrel at a time in Owensboro, Kentucky, our 160th anniversary single barrel has won numerous awards including a Double Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a Platinum Medal at the consumer-judged SIP Awards and received a 94 point rating in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Bardstown Bourbon Company 

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On September 10, 2018, The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) announced that Grain & Barrel Spirits, the maker of pre-prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey, has joined BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program. Grain & Barrel will work together with BBCo to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand, which dates back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August. 

Through BBCo’s distilling program, Grain & Barrel’s Master Distiller Gregg Snyder will collaborate with Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distiller Steve Nally and BBCo’s first-class distilling team, led by Executive Director of Distilling Operations, John Hargrove, to produce its high-quality, small-batch whiskey, bourbon, and rye for many years to come.

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Distribution (U.S.)

Colorado
Baroness Wine & Spirits
5301 Peoria Street A
Denver, CO 80239
(303) 934-1300

Florida
Breakthru Beverage
500 East Broward Blvd, Suite 1200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394
(954) 436-9200

Georgia
Empire Distributors
3755 Atlanta Industrial Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30331
(800) 216-9107

Kentucky
Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC)
2300 Stanley Gault Parkway
Louisville, KY 40223
(502) 254-8600

Michigan
National Wine & Spirits
17550 Allen Road
Brownstown Charter Twp, MI 48193
(734) 324-3000

North Carolina
Johnson Brothers
712 Ellis Road
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 596-1144

South Carolina
Breakthru Beverage
101 Beverage Blvd
Ridgeway, SC 29130
(803) 337-3500

 

Tennessee
Lipman Brothers
411 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
(615) 244-2230

Virginia
Breakthru Beverage
401 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 424-6300

Wisconsin
General Beverage
6169 McKee Road
Fitchburg, WI 53719
(608) 271-1237

Distribution (International)

France
Hawkins Distribution
Chez Génin
16200 Bourg Charente
Tél : +33 (0)5.45.35.40.90