Kentucky Distilleries DSPs can be tricky to understand but once explained are simple to grasp. Distilled Spirits Producer (DSP) Numbers were created by the federal government for tax purposes. Michael Veach, the renowned bourbon historian, says:
When Lincoln brought back the excise tax on distilled spirits to pay for the America [sic] Civil War, the government also created bonded warehouses. Bonded warehouses came about because the whiskey being produced had become an aged spirit and taxing spirits as it came off the still was unfair to whiskey distillers who aged their products. If the spirits were taxed right off the still, the distillers would be taxed for spirits that soaked into the barrel and evaporated into the air while aging in the barrel.
Taxed on spirits they could never sell, the solution was the creation of warehouses under government supervision, where the distiller could place the barrels of maturing whiskey for a set period of time before the taxes had to be paid. With the creation of these warehouses, the government created a system of registering Distilled Spirits Producers (DSP). The government broke each State into tax districts and then registered the distilleries in each district.
Check out that article for a more detailed breakdown of all the complexities of DSPs and, for instance, why some distilleries might have two.
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Pre-Prohibition Kentucky Distilleries DSPsPre-Prohibition KY Distilleries DSPs
|District 2||DSP-KY-2||Daviess Couty Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-6||Union County Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-8||Eagle Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-9||Green River Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-11||Jno. Hanning Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-13||M.P. Mattingly Distillery|
|DSP-KY-18||Rock Spring Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-19||Winstead Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-24||Glenmore Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-34||Old Tarrell Distillery|
|DSP-KY-50||Henry Kraver Distillery|
|District 5||DSP-KY-1||Ferdinand Westheimer & Sons Distillery|
|DSP-KY-2||G. Mattingly Distillery|
|DSP-KY-4||Buchanan – Anderson – Nelson County Distillers Distillery|
|DSP-KY-6||Bonnie Bros. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-7||Freidmann Kellar & Co. \ Early Times Distillery|
|DSP-KY-8||Jno. G. Roach Distillery|
|DSP-KY-10||Willow Springs Distillery|
|DSP-KY-11||Sachs & Sons \ Old Saxon Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-12||Crystal Springs Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-14||Brown-Forman Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-15||Vancleave & Hardesty Distillery|
|DSP-KY-17||Stitzel Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-19||E. Wathen & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-29||Pleasure Ridge Park Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-47||F.M. Head / Parker Orene & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-50||B.G. Redmon Distillery|
|DSP-KY-60||Boone & Spaulding Distillery|
|DSP-KY-97||Buchanan – Anderson – Nelson County Distillery|
|DSP-KY-106||Glencoe Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-110||Kentucky Criterion Distillery|
|DSP-KY-145||T.W. Samuels Distillery|
|DSP-KY-146||E.L Miles & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-168||Henry Sutherland Distillery|
|DSP-KY-169||Dant Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-170||Moore Jesse Hut Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-174||Smith & Smith Distillery|
|DSP-KY-230||Clear Springs Distillery|
|DSP-KY-240||Taylor & Williams Distillery|
|DSP-KY-241||W.B. Samuels & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-266||Wright & Taylor \ Old Charter Distillery|
|DSP-KY-270||Mueller Wathen & Kobert Distillery|
|DSP-KY-271||Belle of Nelson Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-272||Mattingly & Moore Distillery|
|DSP-KY-294||Coon Hollow Distillery|
|DSP-KY-297||Sunny Brook Distillery|
|DSP-KY-299||Mueller Wathen & Kobert Distillery|
|DSP-KY-329||H. Head Distilling Co. Distery|
|DSP-KY-354||Old Kentucky Distillery Inc. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-355||Tom Moore Distillery|
|DSP-KY-357||Cummins & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-360||Rugby Distillery Co. Distillers|
|DSP-KY-363||B. Wathen & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-364||Max Selliger & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-368||Elk Run Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-371||Nathan M. Uri & Co. \ International Distillery|
|DSP-KY-372||G.R. Sharpe Distillery|
|DSP-KY-379||Big Spring Distillery|
|DSP-KY-401||Grabfelder & Co. \ Murphy Barber & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-405||M.C. Beam & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-409||Ferncliff Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP -KY-410||Ehrmann Hillmar & Co. / F.G. Walker Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-412||Max Selliger & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-414||White Mills Distillery|
|DSP-KY-415||S.P. Lancaster Distillery|
|DSP-KY-420||Old Grand Dad Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-422||Thixton Millett & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-440||Burks Spring Distillery|
|DSP-KY-442||McClaskey & Son Distillery|
|District 6||DSP-KY-2||Latonia Distillery|
|DSP-KY-3||Thorne Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-5||Jett Bros. Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-6||C.B Cook Distillery|
|DSP-KY-8||Boone County Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-10||Wiglesworth Bros. Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-11||New England Distillery|
|DSP-KY-14||Old Tub Fowler Distilling Co.|
|DSP-KY-16||Hayes Valley Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-19||Old Lewis Hunter Distillery|
|DSP-KY-22||Myers & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-33||Old ’76 Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-35||F.S. Ashbrook Distillery|
|DSP-KY-63||Susquemac Distilling Co. Distillery|
|District 7||DSP-KY-1||Stoll & Co. \ Old Tarr Distillery|
|DSP-KY-2||George T. Stagg Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-3||E. Pogue Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-4||A. Gaines & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-5||James E. Pepper & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-6||Poyntz Bros. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-9||J. Greenbaum Distillery|
|DSP-KY-10||Peacock Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-11||Old Judge Distillery|
|DSP-KY-12||Old Elk Distillery|
|DSP-KY-17||Old McBrayer Distillery / Associated Distillers of Kentucky Distillery|
|DSP-KY-24||J.H. Rogers & Co. Limestone Distillery|
|DSP-KY-32||John T. Barbee & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-33||Frankfort Distillery Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-37||Spring Hill Distillery|
|DSP-KY-46||Old Clay Distillery \ James E. Pepper & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-50||W.J. Frazier Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-52||Labrot & Graham Distillery|
|DSP-KY-53||E.H. Taylor & Sons Distillery|
|DSP-KY-91||Cedar Run Distillery|
|DSP-KY-96||J.N. Blakemore Distillery|
|DSP-KY-106||W.A. Gaines & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-113||George T. Stagg Co. Distillery|
|District 8||DSP-KY-1||Burnam Bennett & Co. \ Bernheim Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-2||J.T.S. Brown & Sons Distillery|
|DSP-KY-3||Curley Company Inc. \ Blue Grass Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-15||Curley Company Inc. \ Boone Knoll Distillery|
|DSP-KY-16||C.M. Dedman Distillery|
|DSP-KY-41||John Dowling & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-44||Cedar Brook Distillery|
|DSP-KY-45||Wiley Searcy Distillery|
|DSP-KY-63||Old Jordan Distillery|
|DSP-KY-76||Paxton Bros. & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-81||Yates – Smith Co. \ Crab Orchard Distillery|
|DSP-KY-86||Old Lexington Club Distilleries Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-112||B. Ripy Distillery|
|DSP-KY-134||Jno. E. Day Distillery|
|DSP-KY-148||Dowling Bros. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-274||Bond & Lillard Distillery|
|DSP-KY-400||Ed Murphy & Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-406||Hoffman Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-418||Anderson County Distilling Co. Distillery|
|DSP-KY-541||W.S. Hume Distillery|
|Source: Mida’s Criteria Financial Index Directory of Wholesale Distillers Importers and Wine Growers 1909 and Michael Veach https://bourbonveach.com/kentucky-dsp-numbers/|
Modern Kentucky Distilleries DSPsModern KY Distilleries DSPs
|DSP KY-1||Heaven Hill Bernheim (Formerly Beargrass), A.K.A. "New Bernheim"||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-2||Bernheim, J.G. Mattingly||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-3||Old Pogue||Maysville, KY|
|DSP KY-4||Hermitage||Frankfort, KY|
|DSP KY-5/297||Sunny Brook||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-7||Early Times Distillery Co||Paducah, KY|
|DSP KY-8||Four Roses (formerly Old Log Cabin)||Lawrenceburg, KY|
|DSP KY-9||Bernheim||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-10||Medley||Owensboro, KY|
|DSP KY-11||Boone Bros||Bardstown, KY|
|DSP KY-12||Barton(Tom Moore)||Bardstown, KY|
|DSP KY-14||Old Grand-Dad||Frankfort, KY|
|DSP KY-15||C.L. Applegate||Bardstown, KY|
|DSP KY-16||Stitzel-Weller (Diageo)||Shively/Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-17||M.V. Monarch||Owensboro, KY|
|DSP KY-18||Rock Springs Distilling (Defunct)||Owensboro, KY|
|DSP KY-18||Castle & Key||Frankfort, KY|
|DSP KY-19||Old Taylor (defunct)||Frankfort, KY|
|DSP KY-20||Seagram||Athertonville, KY|
|DSP KY-24||Glenmore||Owensboro, KY|
|DSP KY-25||Old Crow||Frankfort, KY|
|DSP KY-31||Heaven Hill||Bardstown, KY|
|DSP KY-34||Mellwood||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-35||Old Joe||Lawrenceburg, KY|
|DSP KY-37||J. Kessler||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-39||J.P.Dant||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-44/440||Maker's Mark||Loretto, KY|
|DSP KY-45||Kentucky River||CampNelson, KY|
|DSP KY-47||Orene Parker||Gethsemane, KY|
|DSP KY-49||Medley||Owensboro, KY|
|DSP KY-50||Peerless (Formerly Henderson)||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-52||Woodford Reserve||Versailles, KY|
|DSP KY-63||John B. Thompson||Harrodsburg, KY|
|DSP KY-67||Wild Turkey||Lawrenceburg, KY|
|DSP KY-71||Wild Turkey||Lawrenceburg, KY|
|DSP KY-78||Willett||Bardstown, KY|
|DSP KY-97||Anderson Distilling||Newport, KY|
|DSP KY-112||Old Commonwealth||Lawrenceburg, KY|
|DSP KY-113||Buffalo Trace||Frankfort, KY|
|DSP KY-145||T.W.Samuels||Deatsville, KY|
|DSP KY-230||Jim Beam||Clermont, KY|
|DSP KY-240||Taylor & Williams||Gethsemane, KY|
|DSP KY-354||Early Times||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-368||American Medicinal Spirits||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-414||Brown-Forman||Shively/Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-418||T. B. Ripy||Lawrenceburg, KY|
|DSP KY-422||Old Boone||Bardstown, KY|
|DSP KY-20003||Michter's||Shively/Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-20022||Angel's Envy (Louisville Distilling Co.)||Louisville, KY|
|DSP KY-20026||Bulleit||Shelbyville, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-20037||Bardstown Bourbon Company||Bardstown, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-20016||New Riff Distilling||Newport, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-20014||Copper & Kings, Butchertown||Louisville, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-20003||Michters Distillery||Louisville, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-24||Glenmore Distillery (Sazerac)||Owensboro, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-15004||Alltech’s Lexington Distilling Co||Town Branch, Lexington, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-15005||Barrel House Distilling Company||Lexington, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-15006||Corsair||Bowling Green, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-15007||Strong Spirits||Bardstown, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-15010||M.B. Roland||Pembroke, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-15014||Limestone Branch Distillery||Lebanon, KY|
|D.S.P. KY-S-20062||Brough Brothers Distillery||Louisville, KY|
|DSP-KY-15007||Backbone Bourbon Co.|
Frequently Asked Questions About KY DSPs
What is a distilled spirits plant?
According to the TTB,
A distilled spirits plant (DSP) may be established to produce, bottle, rectify, process or store beverage spirits. Examples of beverage distilled spirits include neutral spirits or alcohol (i.e. vodka or grain spirits), whiskey, gin, brandy, blended applejack, rum, Tequila, cordials and liqueurs.
What is a DSP number?
Each state is broken up into districts for tax purposes and distilleries are registered to produce, bottle, rectify, process, or store spirits in those districts. The DPS number is for tax purposes.
How much is a federal distilled spirits permit?
The permit fee is different in each state and there may also be an application fee. For instance, the application fee in VA is a non-refundable $195. Here’s the DSP application form.
Can you distill spirits for personal use?
Home distilling is currently illegal. Here are the consequences if you get caught according to the TTB:
Within title 26 of the United States Code, section 5601 sets out criminal penalties for activities including the following. Offenses under this section are felonies that are punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both, for each offense.
- 5601(a)(1) – Possession of an unregistered still.
- 5601(a)(2) – Engaging in business as a distiller without filing an application and receiving notice of registration.
- 5601(a)(6) – Distilling on a prohibited premises. (Under 26 U.S.C. 5178(a)(1)(B), a distilled spirits plant may not be located in a residence or in sheds,
- yards, or enclosures connected to a residence.)
- 5601(a)(7) – Unlawful production or use of material fit for [the] production of distilled spirits.
- 5601(a)(8) – Unlawful production of distilled spirits.
- 5601(a)(11) – Purchase, receipt, and/or processing of distilled spirits when the person who does so knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that Federal excise tax has not been paid on the spirits.
- 5601(a)(12) – Removal or concealment of distilled spirits on which tax has not been paid.
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