The Old Pogue Distillery is hoping to bring bourbon making back to Maysville and Mason County.
On Monday, members of the Maysville Board of Adjustments will be asked to consider granting the Pogue family a conditional use permit for production of bourbon at its location on West Second Street.
The Ryan-Pogue House, located across the road from where the original Pogue Distillery once stood, was purchased by the Pogue family in 2009.
The application isn't for a large scale distillery, but rather a small scale distillery.
The conditional use permit is just the first of three steps to bringing the Pogue brand back to its roots in Maysville.
Peter Pogue said Thursday if the Board of Adjustments grants the conditional use permit, the next step is to apply to the federal government for a distilled spirits permit. If the federal government grants its permit, the last step is to apply to the Kentucky Department of Revenue and Department of Alcoholic Beverages for a permit and license to distill bourbon in Maysville.
Pogue said the permit and licensing process could take up to a year.
The Old Pogue Distillery now produces its Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in Bardstown, but Pogue said bringing a small scale distillery operation back to Maysville "would be the fulfillment of a family dream."
"Maysville is credited as being where bourbon was first distilled - we think it's important that Maysville and Mason County be recognized," he said. "It's a great heritage that the city can celebrate."
If all the permits are approved, a 125 gallon still would be installed at the property, would can produce 50 gallons per week, if production ran full-time, Pogue said.
However, plans call for half, or 25 gallons per week, to begin initial production; the finished product would be stored in oak barrels and transported to the Bardstown location for aging and bottling.
Pogue Distillery began production in Maysville in 1876 and continued through prohibition, Pogue said.
He said it is his family's hope that having a small bourbon distillery in Maysville will boost tourism opportunities for the city, by having a bourbon brand connected to Maysville.
"One of the main reasons we are doing this is to put Maysville back on the map in the bourbon business. We think it's very important," he said.
The Maysville Board of Adjustments meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at city hall; the meeting is open to the public.