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Using Tech to Make a Better Bourbon

 

BY KEN KAPLAN

Youngest Master Distiller in Kentucky, Caleb Kilburn describes how technology helps Peerless Distillery produce award-winning bourbon. 

The art of making good bourbon is a painstakingly, meticulous process. Caleb Kilburn approaches it with deep passion, attention to detail and a little help from digital technologies. He blends innovation with time-honored traditions to create what he calls "one of the most beautiful products on Earth" for Peerless Distillery, the family-run business in the birthplace of boubon, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Named the youngest Master Distiller in Kentucky at age 27, Kilburn considers himself a tinkerer. 

"I tell everyone - other distillers and people in the whiskey industry - not to be intimidated by technology"

"I tell everyone - other distillers and people in the whiskey industry - not to be intimidated by technology, " he said. 

He uses Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to measure processes. His team relies on cloud computing to manage data for distillation, customer service and supply chain management. Through technology and strategic partnerships, Peerless recently grew from serving 21 states to being available in 45 states. 

Learn how Kilburn takes his craft fearlessly into the future in this story on The Forecast

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