Bourbon Country Visitor Guide

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Kick off your Bourbon Country visit in Louisville – home to the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, the Urban Bourbon Trail® and ten distillery experiences. Top it off with Bourbon-themed accommodations, Bourbon-centric shopping and exemplary cocktail & culinary experiences. Learn more at GoToLouisville.com.


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At Omni Louisville Hotel the city’s bourbon culture is celebrated in every detail. Let loose at Pin + Proof, a vibrant bar serving signature cocktails alongside four bowling lanes, or sip with swagger at the Library Bar, Neighborhood Services or Bob’s Steak & Chop House. Take just a few steps outside the hotel and find yourself on Whiskey Row. Afterward, retreat for a nightcap from your room’s very own bourbon bar.

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BOURBON LIFESTYLE

The people, places and lifestyle of Bourbon Country

The epic journey of a nomadic artist

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New In Bourbon Country? Big changes, improvements and additions to your favorite distilleries

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'Tasting Kentucky'

Favorite recipes from the Bluegrass State

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Wind down from a day of touring with a cocktail crafted from local restaurants and bars

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Boutique Hotel coming to Bardstown

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Legacy, family, and the great Bourbon revival

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Featured Regions:

52 Louisville 61 Lawrenceburg 62 Lexington 68 Bardstown 74 Owensboro 75 Shepherdsville 76 Northern Kentucky 84 Shelbyville 86 Frankfort 87 Danville

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Distillery Profiles

WHERE TO EAT, SIP, STAY, SHOP, AND PLAY IN BOURBON COUNTRY!

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Plan your trip with a snap-shot of Kentucky distilleries. This section features an eagle-eye view of distillery locations on pg 91 and a two-page list of distilleries on page 92 to make tripplanning a breeze.

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Henry Kraver’s Peerless Bourbon was first barreled in 1889. Fourth and fifth generation to Kraver have restored his legacy, vowing to stay true to the original process. Select Peerless grains are milled, cooked, fermented, double-distilled, barreled and bottled as bourbon and rye whiskey under one roof in Louisville, Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. The award-winning whiskey is bottled at barrel proof, leaving a pristine Kentucky whiskey perfect for savoring with friends and family. Distillery tours with complete tasting experiences are offered Monday through Saturday. Booking is available online. 120 NORTH 10TH STREET, LOUISVILLE, KY 40202

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a new kind of destination soaked in bourbon history It’s been said that the greatest moment of any journey is the turn you make that points you toward home. For us, the horizon holds Gethsemane and southern Nelson County, Kentucky. The place we were raised – and the people we call neighbors. New in structure and substance, yet built on the time-honored foundations of faith, family, and community. Experience a tour and tasting of our Monk’s Road Bourbon and Gins. Additionally enjoy world-class entertainment at our outdoor amphitheater, The Amp, stay overnight at one of our unique lodging options, host an unforgettable experience at our 18,000-square-foot wedding and events venue, and enjoy walking trails around our 12-acre fishing lake. More attractions will open soon, including a fully functional private train depot and farmto-table restaurant.

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LEXINGTON’S NEWEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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Where Modern Southern Hospitality Creates An Authentic Sense Of Place

rom the moment you lay eyes on Elwood Hotel & Suites, you

Lavender, Infused Aperol, Lemon, Amaro Nonino, and Honey Vanilla

realize this is no ordinary hotel. A striking hand-painted flo-

Syrup) and the “Fiddletree Old Fashioned” (Old Grand-Dad BIB, De-

ral mural on the outside is the perfect first impression and

merara, and Black Walnut Bitters). Guests are welcome to debate the

an indication of what is to come. The Elwood experience is bold,

finer points of Bourbon with the bartenders as well.

colorful, warm, welcoming, comforting, beautiful, tasteful, fun, AND completely unexpected.

People come to stay at Elwood for a variety of reasons. To enjoy the bluegrass and horseracing culture. To have a place to call home while

Elwood was conceived with purposeful intent — splashes of color and

exploring the beautiful city of Lexington. To be close to the University

dashes of whimsy around every corner, nods to retro design to evoke

of Kentucky and the area’s leading medical centers. And to experi-

a quiet sense of nostalgia, thoughtful touches like air purifying plants

ence a modern twist on Southern Hospitality with an authentic sense

in each room to promote well-being (Elwood is both pet friendly and

of place.

the world’s first plant friendly hotel), spacious extended stay suites, and elevated Southern comfort food at Fiddletree Kitchen & Bar.

Elwood provides a warm Southern welcome, an unexpected familiarity, and evokes a yearning to return again soon. That’s the Elwood

Of course Bourbon is on the menu at Fiddletree, and features prom-

way, where fun is beautiful.

inently in two seasonal cocktails: “Flightless” (Four Roses Bourbon,

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WHAT'S NEW IN BOURBON COUNTRY? BIGGER. BADDER. M OR E AWESOME.

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s the world continues to emerge from the pandemic and reflect on the year that was, one sentiment rings true: Things are not the same, nor will they ever be. But perhaps what the year spent in semi-isolation allowed us to do was reevaluate, improve and refresh. That’s exactly what the distilleries in Kentucky did while tours were halted and production was paused (for some). Bourbon Country has always had changes and expansions up its sleeve, but now, after a year-and-a-half of simmering, things might look completely different out on the trail — even at your favorite distillery. While no two distilleries followed the same protocols, each one pivoted to provide guests with the safest experience. Some closed tours and tastings altogether; some offered curbside sales; some continued tours with smaller group sizes; and some forged ahead with multi-million-dollar renovations. Here is a roundup of some big changes and additions to some of your favorite distilleries in Bourbon Country. The good news is, even if you’ve been on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail dozens of times, there’s even more to see and do now

JAMES B. BEAM DISTILLING CO. (JIM BEAM) [CLERMONT, KY] The distilling artist formerly referenced as Jim Beam doesn’t do anything small, and why would they? They’re the #1 producer of American Whiskey (by volume) in the world and it’s not even close. Of the 10,300,000 (and change) barrels of liquid resting and nesting in Kentucky, Beam claims over 4,000,000 of that stock. One company with 40%+ of the Bourbon State’s prized libation commodity. They biiiiiig.

It’s only fitting and right that for their official rollout of the new Homestead Experience, you guessed it, they did it BIG. James B. Beam Distilling Co stayed closed through the entire pandemic (2020 – 2021). In the Bourbon business, the saying “good things come to those who wait” is held near and dear in our hearts. The upgraded James B. Beam Distilling Co. Visitor Experience is now open, showcasing an elevated consumer experience that celebrates Beam’s 225-year bourbon legacy. And boy oh boy, did they ever deliver and make good on that saying. New features in the $45 million project include the Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery, which specialize in small-batch and next-generation whiskies and also operate as a facility for experimentation in fermentation and distillation. Also, the American Stillhouse has been rebranded as the American Outpost, which offers a one-of-a-kind visitor and retail center, complete with new tasting rooms and more merchandise. And speaking of visitors, while you wait for tours or shop for bottles, and/or just bask in the breathtaking Beam Country scenery, you can grab a bite to eat and a cocktail at the new Kitchen Table. Inspired by the Noe family kitchen table, KT features fare from local farmers and producers. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant and bar has a stunning view of the beautiful Clermont countryside. Impressive variety of culinary offerings ranging from wood fired pizzas, fried catfish, country ham, burgers…elegant comfort food – ideal for soaking up booze! And matching culinary might, the cocktails are on point. Really impressive setup and a big add to the distillery based Culinary & Cocktail scene within Bourbon Country. They really knocked this entire concept out of the park!

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Last, certainly not least… the distillery tour has a fresh makeover and is officially called “Beam Made Bourbon” - an immersive visual educational experience showcasing how to make bourbon the “Beam Way.” Essentially your very own ‘Cliff’s Notes’ version of how Beam Whiskey is made. Met with an enchanting waterfall upon walking inside which showcases Kentucky’s limestone enhanced aqua. From grain to barrel char all the way to glass – it has your “how they do that” box checked. While Beam also shut down its Urban Stillhouse located in downtown Louisville during the pandemic, the company has noted a new Louisville presence is on the horizon.

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[BARDSTOWN, KY] If you’ve stopped by Heaven Hill during this last year, you probably noticed three things: a new state-of-the-art rick house with a panel of windows showcasing the aging barrels; hordes of bourbon hunters lining up each morning to get the day’s premium offerings; and noise — lots of noise — as construction was underway for the new $19 million expansion of the Visitor Center. R

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The makeover and expansion tells the story of Heaven Hill from its beginning in 1935 to the many brands in its lineup that honor bourbon legends like Elijah Craig, Evan Williams and John E. Fitzgerald.

FOUR ROSES [LAWRENCEBURG, KY] Four Roses also took advantage of the pandemic shutdowns, working hard while tours were closed on expanding its Visitor Center to essentially DOUBLE visitor capacity. Now open, the new 14,446-square-foot space features a state-ofthe-art bar for cocktails and bourbon tastings; four seated tasting rooms; an expanded retail gift shop; and outdoor patio space where folks can take in the scenic distillery grounds.

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Interactive, educational experiences are immersed throughout the Visitor Center, focusing on the brand’s 130+ year history. There is a wing dedicated to legendary Four Roses employee Al Young which is a must see, including a jaw dropping vintage collection of Four Roses bottles over the many decades. And, fun fact, Four Roses tapped the same architecture firm that designed the Spanish mission-style distillery in 1910: now called Joseph & Joseph + Bravura.

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY [FRANKFORT, KY] During Covid, Buffalo Trace Distillery expanded its Visitor Center, and it really couldn’t have come at a better time. The space has more than TRIPLED in size, allowing visitors to spread out among the retail shop, private tasting rooms and tour check-in areas. Now, there is order for the masses of people who line up to grab a special bottle from the Visitor Center each day. It is all part of Buffalo Trace’s ongoing $1.2 billion infrastructure investment, which began in 2016 and includes a $50 million bottling hall, a new barrel warehouse every three months and great improvements and expansions in production facilities.

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[LORETTO, KY] Maker’s Mark is home to a beautiful, scenic lake that acts as its main water source, hence the reason this location was first chosen for a distillery long before Maker’s took over in 1953. Finally, after almost 70 years, they’ve built a facility that shows off this attractive asset with the Lakeside Tasting Room, a quaint, intimate, cabin-like structure that offers an additional 2,200 square feet for visitors doing the Private Selection barrel picks and other special events.

[LOUISVILLE, KY] Angel’s Envy Brand Home has been undergoing an $8.2 million expansion since late 2020 – and the new facilities, including an event space and catering kitchen, five new tasting rooms, an additional bar space, an expanded retail area, etc.will be ready June 2022. YAY!

With a spectacular view of the lake and a state-of-the-art bar, we wouldn’t mind living here if they ever decide to add a bedroom. Heck, the couch is comfy enough, so just let us know when we can move in!

BARDSTOWN BOURBON COMPANY It seems that ever since Bardstown Bourbon Company opened its doors in 2017, there have been plans for expansion at the 100-acre site that features not only a massive distillery but rick houses, a full bar and restaurant, private tasting rooms, offices, etc. The newest addition was a 55,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art bottling facility that opened in 2020, and more is on the way, of course. The BBCo folks are also expanding the patio space outside the bar and restaurant to make room for even more guests, and they’ll eventually put an outdoor bar there as well. With a new fill-your-own-bottle program at the giftshop and an intimate tasting room built inside a rick house, BBCo is quickly becoming a must-see destination in Kentucky. Speaking of must-see, “Rickhouse Barrel Thieving” anyone? This brand-new experience allows you to not only thieve your own juice from 3 select barrels, but you get to do it in the world’s largest glass facing Rickhouse!

E X PA N S I O N FACTS A N D F I G U R E S : The expansion adds 13,000+ square feet to the current building (which currently stands at over 90,000 square feet).

It will increase annual guest capacity by 64,000, allowing Angel’s Envy to open its doors to more than 100,000 guests total per year.

New spaces will include: five new tasting rooms, where guests can partake in educational bourbon tastings; an additional bar space, where the Angel’s Envy team will continue to craft cocktails for reservation and event guests; an event space and full catering kitchen, allowing the distillery to be used for pairing dinners and private gatherings such as conferences and corporate events; a designated room for Angel’s Envy’s “Bottle Your Own” experience, which, post-expansion, will offer guests the chance to fill their own bottles of Angel’s Envy’s distilleryexclusive Single Barrel offering; and a larger retail area.

The current production capacity of the distillery is two million proof gallons per year.

Tours can be reserved online at angelsenvy.com. At this time, tasting rooms can only be accessed in conjunction with a tour.

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LOG STILL DISTILLERY [GETHSEMANE, KY] There’s a new/old distillery and tasting room to swing by on your way to Bardstown, and it honors a true bourbon legend, J.W. Dant. Located in Gethsemane in Nelson County, Log Still Distillery revives the site of the old J.W. Dant Distillery, a task taken on by ancestors of the legendary bourbon maker. The hallowed grounds haven’t produced bourbon since 1961. The 4,000-square-foot tasting room opened in May 2021, and the full $36 million project will include a distillery, outdoor amphitheater, restaurant, and the Homestead B&B (a five-bedroom Victorian home that also opened earlier this year) and a world class 22,000+ square ft. event/wedding venue. For more information on Log Still Distillery, see pg 34

GREEN RIVER DISTILLING [OWENSBORO, KY] Green River Distilling was a titan of the Bourbon Industry during the thriving late 1800’s. The once powerful name has proudly returned to its original home on the western Kentucky riverbank city of Owensboro, and with it, its original DSP #10, meaning it was the tenth distillery registered in Kentucky. There are now over 20,000 ESP’s, so yes, this is extremely historically significant. GRD released its first fully in-house made Bourbon this year which received terrific reviews from the Bourbon world. While visiting, go for the trifecta and make sure to grab some authentic Western Kentucky Barbecue and see the world renown “Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Museum”.

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BREAD PUDDING W/ MAKER'S MARK BOURBON SAUCE K EENEL A ND , L E XINGTO N CHEF ED B O UT IL IE R Makes 10 to 12 servings Located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, Keeneland plays an important role in both Thoroughbred racing and breeding. During April and October race meets, a visit to Keeneland is sure to involve tailgating, bourbonsipping, Kentucky-fine fashion, and an opportunity to enjoy this famous bread pudding and Keeneland Burgoo. BREAD PUDDING: ☐ 8 cups (1⁄2 gallon) milk ☐ 2 cups sugar ☐ 8 eggs, beaten ☐ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ☐ 8 to 12 cups cubed white bread (about 18 slices) ☐ 1 cup golden raisins ☐ 1 tablespoon cinnamon In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir. Add the bread cubes and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to soak the bread with the mixture. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Pour the bread cube mixture into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with the raisins and cinnamon and use a spoon to push the raisins into the mix. Bake until firm in the center and the liquid has cooked, about 11⁄2 hours. M A K E R’S M ARK BOU RB O N S AU CE: ☐ 1⁄2 cup (1 stick) butter ☐ 2 cups powdered sugar ☐ 1⁄4 cup Maker’s Mark bourbon Allow the butter to soften at room temperature. Place in a mixing bowl and add the powdered sugar. Whip until well blended. Whip the bourbon into the mixture to a frosting consistency. Ladle the frosting over the hot bread pudding and it will melt on its own, making a sauce. NOT E: Allow time for the bread mixture to chill before baking. For a firmer pudding, use twelve cups of cubed bread instead of eight cups. Bake the bread pudding at a low temperature to fully cook the interior while leaving a soft crust. ----Recipes provided by Maggie Green's cookbook: Tasting Kentucky - Favorite Recipes from the Bluegrass State Images by: Sarah Jane Sanders

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BOURBON SLUSH TH E TO USE Y TAV E RN, B URL INGTON GA BE WA INSCOTT Makes about 20 servings This recipe was handed down to the Wainscott family by their Grandma Hellman, who lived to the age of 104. At her home, she kept a batch in the freezer for thirsty visitors. Bourbon Slushes are now a popular item on the drink menu at the Wainscott family’s restaurants. ING R E D IE NTS : ☐ 2 (6-ounce) cans frozen orange juice concentrate ☐ 2 (6-ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate ☐ 2 (6-ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate ☐ 3 cups water ☐ 21⁄4 cups brewed unsweetened tea ☐ 6 ounces Maraschino cherry juice ☐ 1000 ml Kentucky bourbon (about 4 cups) ☐ Ginger ale In a 12-cup lidded container, mix all the ingredients except the ginger ale. Cover and freeze for 24 hours. Stir the slush several times during the freezing process to break up the ice crystals. Once frozen, the mix can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, spoon about 3⁄4 cup of the slush into a glass and top with a splash of ginger ale. Serve immediately. ----Recipes provided by Maggie Green's cookbook: Tasting Kentucky - Favorite Recipes from the Bluegrass State Images by: Sarah Jane Sanders

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THE CHAM GIRL By: Goodfellas Pizzeria I N G R E D I E N TS : ☐ Peach and Lemon Infused Mckenna 80 - 1.5 oz ☐ Chamomile Honey Tea - 1 oz ☐ Lemon - 0.75 oz ☐ Rosemary Syrup - 0.25 oz ☐ Edible orchid - 1 for garnish Add all ingredients except the orchid to a shaker Shake & strain over ice into a rocks glass Garnish with an edible orchid

MINT JULEP By: Goodfellas Pizzeria I N G R E D I E N TS : ☐ 2 large mint leaves ☐ 0.5 oz of simple syrup ☐ 2 oz of bourbon Muddle 2 large mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients to shaker and shake well. Strain over crushed ice in a metal julep cup.

B L A C K M A N H AT T A N By: Jill Day, Bar Manager & Bourbon Specialist at Epping's on Eastside I N G R E D I E N TS : ☐ 2oz Old Forester 100 proof bourbon ☐ 1oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth ☐ 3 dashes Angostura bitters Rinse glass with orange peel oils, then stir all ingredients together with ice. Strain and pour into prepared glass. Garnish with luxardo cherry.

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his mid-century inspired hotel is unmistakably authentic in both concept and design, evoking the nostalgic fun of summer camp and road trips reimagined for tomorrow’s discerning traveler. With 35 signature rooms that flow seamlessly into the property’s expansive outdoor grounds, the lush setting showcases what many consider the property’s “crown jewel,” the much-anticipated Bardstown Swim Club. The Club’s turquoise pool surrounded by sun-soaked loungers, cabanas, tanning deck, and swanky outdoor bar, make the Swim Club a one-of-a kind offering in the area, extending membership access and day-passes to non-hotel guests. Rounding out the grounds is a retroinspired rec room full of familiar classics that is completely on-brand with the Property’s vibe. Previously known as the Bardstown Parkview Motel— Bardstown Motor Lodge integrates the beloved legacy of the past. The property’s culinary centerpiece, Toogie’s Table continues the comfort and community of the former Kurtz Restaurant, a local favorite for over 80 years, with a menu as inspired as the rest of the property.

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Acclaimed Chef Mike Wajda brings his vision to this once beloved local favorite. No stranger to Bourbon Country, Wadja was formerly at Louisville's 21c 'Proof' and most recently 'Everyday Kitchen'. The “home” of the legendary skillet fried chicken, Toogie’s Table offers a warm hug to locals and travelers, setting table for wonderful meals and unforgettable conversations. Toogie’s is a community of foodies and bourbon epicures with a passion for good people, good food, and good booze. With a setting in the heart of Bourbon Country, the curated spirit collection and master mixologists are a perfect pairing for your adventure. Embracing the rich history of the Bluegrass, this first offering from Common Bond Hospitality invites unconventional adventurers and the local foodies alike to linger together in conversations in unexpected gathering spaces. O P E N I N G D A T E S : Please check the property website for upcoming opening dates for the pool club, restaurant, and hotel. BARDSTOWNMOTORLODGE.COM ◊


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There’s a little slice of Kentucky for you in Shelbyville & Simpsonville, Kentucky. Here in the American Saddlebred Capital of the World, you’ll find authentic small town charm and southern hospitality. Sample the spirits at Jeptha Creed Distillery or savor a specialty cocktail with Bulleit Frontier Whiskey. For a well crafted experience, go to VisitShelbyKY.com for a custom itinerary full of local favorites.

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ntil recently, Gethsemane (KY) was a quiet, sleepy little town just outside of Bardstown. Back roads. Farmland. Good clean country livin’. The kind of place where you hold your breath even on the “main roads” just a little bit when an incoming vehicle is coming your way on. Saying ‘two-lane’ is pushing it.

Ironically, the quaint town’s biggest noise maker by far in terms of attraction-action is the local “Abbey of Gethsemani” Trappist Monk community (est 1848), the oldest operating monastery in the entire country, where idle chit chat goes against the beliefs of the holy followers. And the only thing Bourbon coming from the town for a long time was likely the Bourbon fruitcakes and Bourbon fudge made at the monastery.

The newly opened Log Still Distillery (2021) sits atop the hallowed grounds of the original J.W. Dant Distillery on a gorgeous 300+ acre campus. Within, you’ll find the architecturally chic 4,000 square-foot Log Still Tasting Room and micro-distillery, the refurbished 1830’s family mansion (resurrected from ruins) used for bridal party accommodations, a first class 2,000+ capacity amphitheater, the lakeside 5 bedroom Homestead Bed & Breakfast, a 12-acre spring fed lake (fishing, oh yes), and the the 21,000+ square-foot event/conference/ wedding chapel titled The Legacy. Oh, let's not forget the fully functional train depot. And future plans for a farm-to-table world class restaurant. And perhaps more miraculous than the ambitious vision, ground breaking started in 2019. All this in only 2+ years. Simply mind-blowing. With broadening visions come increasing costs. In 2019, when Dant announced the creation of Log Still—arguably Kentucky’s most ambitious bourbon tourism effort to date—he fixed the construction estimate for his whiskey Wally World at $12 million. By February 2021, actual costs had pole vaulted the $30 million bar.

Twasn’t always so. You see, many many moons ago, the town had its heyday in the big waters of Bourbon making. The ‘Dant’ family name was as well known and respected as any in the business. It was a Bourbon Dynasty starting in the 1870’s, parallel with Beam, “I probably under-swung for something of this size,” says Dant, grinBrown-Forman, and all big wigs of the industry, up until the dream ning in admission that he’s to blame for all cost overruns. A successcrusher known as Prohibition changed everything. Did its best to dry ful healthcare business creator and operator, Dant has built and sold out the entire Bourbon landscape. multiple companies, including a Nashville spirits distributorship. Yet none of those companies included a tourism destination with overAlas, the time has now come, a Great Bourbon Revival is afoot. And night accommodations, a barrel rickhouse, a restaurant, a distillery a very special name is at the forefront of it all. J.W. “Wally” Dant III, and an events venue—on a site located miles from essential infradirect descendent of the once “First Family of Bourbon”, is making structure like sewage. As costs passed the original estimate, Dant one heck of a gamble to bring it all back - precisely where it all began. told contractors, “‘That can’t be what it’ll take!’ But they told me, ‘Oh, yeah, it is!’ … This is not for the faint of heart, but we’re going to Now, just down the road from the monastery is buzzing with a beeget it done regardless.” hive of constant progress and activity. Everywhere you look, humans and high-powered machinery are razing one structure while raising His enthusiasm for this Dant-family-centered passion project has another. It’s obvious the neighboring monks have been praying for drawn the support and enthusiasm of relatives. Cousins—some are something BIG to happen in their town, and well, those prayers have close, some are of vaguer lineage due to the area’s dense Dant popcertainly been answered.

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The 135,000-gallon 1930s-era water tower was the only salvageable structure when work began in 2020. Refurbished and branded with the LSD logo, it’s a centerpiece visible from any point on campus. Image courtesy Log Still Distilery.

ulation and the confounding ties that bind them—are numbered among Log Still’s leadership team. Dant also offered verifiable kinfolk an opportunity to purchase minority shares in the business. Having a deep sense of shared pride in their forefathers’ distilling heritage regularly stirred “We should reopen the distillery” conversations at family gatherings, which isn’t surprising. But until cousin Wally committed real money to it, it was idle chatter. “By the summer of 2019, Wally had purchased the main part of the property and the lake, and we were talking about it at a family gathering,” says Wally’s cousin, Lynne Dant, a business developer and a chemical engineer by trade. “He told me about it and said, ‘I’m really serious. We need to talk.’” Lynne Dant says she “was on a sabbatical trying to figure out my next move” when Wally pitched the idea of her becoming Log Still’s distiller. In addition to offering her that post, he garnished the offer with the C-suite cherry of Chief Operating Officer. Both titles were applicable to someone with her resume. “When he said he was serious about this, I eventually said, ‘I’m in.’”

DANT DISTILLING HISTORY Joseph Washington Dant didn’t have Wally Dant’s checkbook when launching his Kentucky whiskey-making career in 1836. Unable to afford the copper for a modest pot still, Dant fashioned a log still from, yes, hollowed-out poplar log. The crude still was not only common to distillers of Dant’s day, it worked. By 1870 Dant ran a significant distillery with the help of his sons and partners from a branch of the Beam family. The operation was successful until Prohibition closed it in 1920. At Prohibition’s end, Dant family members and other partners reopened the distillery in 1934, but sold it to Armand Hammer in 1940. AH sold it to Schenley in 1953, and operations continued there until

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Schenley moved distilling to its Bernheim plant in Louisville in 1962. Schenley did warehouse barrels at the idled plant until 1974, when it was closed permanently. The distillery’s end also marked the termination of some 200 jobs, says Wally Dant, great-great-great grandson of the founder. “I saw the vibrancy of the community go away when that happened.” That Log Still will provide 75 to 100 jobs to the area is a personal incentive for building on the old distillery site, but he allows that the project would have been simpler to accomplish and less expensive to build in distillery-centric places such as Loretto, Lebanon or Bardstown. Dant paid for miles of new sewer lines that will help the nearby Abbey of Gethsemani and allow new homes built to tap into the system, but that cost was small compared to prices for a natural gas pipeline (unaffordable) and heavy-duty electrical lines ($3 million). “I’ve built businesses before … but I’ve never had to build infrastructure like this,” says Dant, adding that the only affordable solution to

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powering the operation was trucked-in liquified natural gas. “I’d never gone through discussions like I’ve had in building this.” And as Log Still increases tourism traffic, existing businesses in surrounding towns expect to benefit from growing sales and new hires. Ultimately, he views his generous investment into the whole as a means of keeping the entire experience—right down to the whiskeys made there—affordable to all comers. “I wanted everyone from this community to feel they could afford to pay $30 to $40 dollars for a bottle of Kentucky bourbon or Tennessee whiskey,” he says. “This is about community for me.”

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The 135,000-gallon 1930s-era water tower was the only salvageable structure when work began in 2020. Refurbished and branded with the “Log Still Distillery” logo, it’s a centerpiece visible from any point on campus. An 1898 family home nearby was gutted, beautifully modernized and reopened as The Homestead Bedand-Breakfast. (Depending on the room, overnight stays cost around $139.) Behind it is a two-level structure being renovated for overnight accommodations, and which overlooks a 12-acre lake surrounded by a walking path. Future plans include adding private cottages along its banks. The site’s main attractions include: a tasting room and micro-distillery—where enthusiasts can create custom mashbills to be distilled and aged on site—the working distillery (where 7,000 barrels will be filled annually), a 21,000 square-foot events center (conference seating for 500; wedding seating for 350). Appropriately, the events center resembles an old-style rickhouse. The amphitheater features live outdoor entertainment. The goal is to create a distillery experience that rewards visitors for the drive to New Haven, an experience that will lead to overnight stay at the Log Still grounds. The distillery is just over a 15 minute drive from Bardstown which claims 11 distilleries to be in or near the thriving Bourbon community.

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Nelson County magistrate Keith Metcalfe calls Wally Dant’s investment into the community “almost hard to believe. Who, especially in a pandemic year, wants to come to a remote place like this and renovate an old distillery? Who, sitting on that kind of money, cares that much about providing jobs by rebuilding their great-great-great grandfather’s business? And how can we not be honored that he’s doing that in this end of Nelson County?” Metcalfe says 90 percent of the area’s residents welcomed Dant’s plan with excitement. The other 10 percent needed some convincing from the man himself. “We had people who said, ‘When I get that black mold (baudoinia) all over my house, what are you going to do about it?’” Metcalf recalls. “And Wally tells the guy, ‘If it’s something my company does to your house, then I’ll take care of it, sir.’ He’s standing up for the community with this.”

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“When I saw the vision that he had for the distillery and how much stuff is going on every day there, I wondered how he’ll ever finish it all,” says Cecil, a retired supervisor at Heaven Hill’s Bardstown headquarters. “But he’s a visionary, and what he’s doing will be bigger than any of us can imagine. … Engineers (on the project) that I’ve talked to say that every time he shows up, he has more ideas.”

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Metcalfe and Cecil say some of the clearest evidence of Dant’s commitment to the project came after the purchase of the acreage. The site included a roof truss manufacturing plant that had to be relocated if Dant built Log Still according to his vision. Not only did Dant pay to move the business a short distance away, he paid for the construction of its new buildings.

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“You look at something like that and you know he means it,” Cecil says. “Or you think about when, two years ago, we had a community parade and Log Still had the biggest float in the parade—people recognize that. He even bought Christmas decorations for our park. They’re so involved already in New Haven, but they’re not even located in New Haven.”

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Dant’s affections for kin and community are obvious, but discovering his core motivation to invest so much into Log Still is more challenging. That no stone remains unturned—whether in Log Still’s Kentucky clay foundation or in the slickly marketed Log Still brand—points to a creative and successful serial entrepreneur. Scoffers could claim his ability to envision such a grand project is born of his deep cash reserves, but people tied to the project say that’s not the case. Earnhart views Dant’s attention to detail across all aspects of the project as proof that his boss is all in because he wants to be. “That he’s so involved in this at every level excites him and everybody else,” he says. TH E H O ME ST

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To Dant, building another healthcare-related firm is part of the fun, and he says the unexpected collegiality of the Kentucky whiskey industry has made the unexpected challenges enjoyable. Whether leaders at distilleries big or small, he’s been able to call directly and ask, “What do I do now?” questions and get helpful advice. But an unexpected nudge to take the plunge came from Kaveh Zamanian, founder of Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville. Like Log Still, Zamanian’s distillery sourced whiskey from other distillers to launch the business. And as the men discussed how best to do that, Zamanian said, “Wally, you ought to do this,” meaning, start his own distillery. “Kaveh said having the Dant family history isn’t something that a lot of people can replicate, and that it gave me a great starting point,” says Dant. “That was the seed planted in my mind that became what this is now.”

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iptoo (Keep-taw) Tarus is multi-lingual. Swahili and Kalenjin being his native tongue from his Kenyan motherland. He’s fluent in English. But it’s the fourth language that is by far the most mystic and mesmerizing – Kiptoo speaks Wood. And it speaks back to him. The eyes of this 37-year-old African artist are deep and complex yet well balanced, just like a fine Bourbon. They reveal a certain gazelle-like gracefulness and inner peace, yet a stoic strength and lionesque fierceness lurking within - having the look of both predator and prey. On the finish, there’s a tinge of sadness that come with the scars accrued along life’s epic journey, yet accompanying that, a glaring flash of triumph and resilience. These eyes reveal a story waiting to be told. His artistic gift is as diversified and captivating as the wondrous savannahs, lush valleys and towering mountains of his home country. He’s profoundly fluent in metalwork, pottery and ceramic making, and painting - but it is wood sculpting that lives deepest in his heart. It is wood sculpting that vividly speaks to him, capturing his soul. “Each piece of wood must be read and that can be difficult as each speaks a different language,” says Tarus. “Oak says something entirely different from cherry or cedar.” “Wood always tells me what it wants to be,” he continues. “Sometimes I can just look at a piece of wood and immediately see what is inside waiting to get out. Other times, I need to listen to what it’s telling me.”

A MIGHTY CONSTELLATION OF CREATION Tarus is a good listener. His ability to coax shapes from hunks of wood, by carving away all that is not part of the being within, is a highly specialized and intuitive gift. A gift that shines brightly like a star. A gift that with each new soul-jarring work of art is creating its very own constellation - from his present home in Lexington, Kentucky, to far reaching around the

globe. His wood opuses are in the homes of private collectors who, after visiting his lively Lexington courtyard gallery, selected a piece that spoke to them. Many of his works grace the grounds and halls of public institutions. One of his most striking sculptures in public view rests on the enchanting grounds of Lexington’s Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate. Known as “The Great Compromiser” and a firm believer in overcoming party differences in order to get s#*t done, the celebrated Senator Clay (1777 – 1852) once famously brought with him to D.C. a full barrel of Bourbon to “lubricate the wheels of government”. Hmm, not a bad idea, right? Oh, and Clay also holds title as “Father of the Bourbon Mint Julep”, him making it a prominent fixture at D.C.’s iconic Willard Hotel around 1847. Being the proud Kentuckian Clay was with a profound penchant for Bourbon, it’s only fitting he was also an avid and well-respected horseman. On the hallow grounds of his estate nearly 200 years ago stood a world class thoroughbred farm, of which the bloodlines of countless Kentucky Derby Winners over the years can be traced right back to Clay’s homestead. And so it was that on the this very homestead, a large and rare black maple tree stump spoke to the artist. It softly revealed that resting within its bark enclosed skin, there was a descendent of the majestic stallions that once freely roamed the centuries old farm grounds many lifetimes ago. And several months later, with the support of institutional funding, Maji Mazuri (Swahili for Good Waters) was sired. A striking sculpture of a thoroughbred drinking from a trough now welcomes visitors to the Ashland grounds. The sculpture so impressed Ashland’s staff that they have commissioned Tarus to do a second piece using a 400-pound stump of indeterminate age they believe once served as a chopping block in the old smokehouse. According to Tarus, the wood has spoken. It will be a bust of Charles Dupuy, a one-time slave at Ashland. Other pieces of wood have achieved artistic immortality through Tarus’s chainsaw.

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One of the most surreal and powerful moments for Tarus came in 2019 at the unveiling of his sculpture Mother and Child. On display in the fountain of the courtyard at Lexington’s Saint Joe Hospital, the piece is dedicated to a husband and wife who endured the heartbreaking experience of losing their baby. They started a foundation where funding goes towards the women’s hospital and aiding those experiencing the same tragedy of losing their child. Tarus noted that when the sculpture was unveiled, “tears rained down from the audience – very powerful”. Out of the unbound choices of African wildlife, he selected an elephant mother per the elephant’s keen sense of memory. “An elephant remembers. If it experiences the loss of its child - it mourns, it cries, it never forgets. Whenever that elephant crosses the ground where its child laid to rest, it will mourn for it each and every time.” The sculpture’s red oak was plucked from a lumber scrap pile by Tarus, thus creating new life for a tree that otherwise would’ve been discarded and erased from existence. In a year most of us would like to consign to the dustbin of history, Tarus made art. At the corner of Southland Drive and Rosemont Garden, he transformed a piece of white oak daubed with automotive paint into a guitar player wailing the 2020 Blues, fittingly the piece’s namesake. In 2014, Tarus carved an eight-piece panel depicting Kenyan colonialism from wood he retrieved from a dumpster. The piece wound up winning first prize that year in Louisville’s African American Juried Exhibition where it now can be seen at Brown-Forman HQ in Tokyo, Japan. What a fascinating rebirth and turn of events for that piece wood! Yet again, rescued from the jaws of dumpster destruction and transformed into an award-winning sculpture, now being proudly displayed over 6,000 miles away. Back at My Old Kentucky Home, there stood a 150-year-old cherry tree on the grounds of Maker’s Mark Distillery that had been struck by lightning. Due to distillery expansion, the area of land hosting the old cherry tree was set to be cleared. The tree was saved by Lexington reclaimed wood company Longwood & Antique Wood as they asked Tarus if he would like to use it. Tarus’s gift went into immediate work as he transformed it into a giant breathtaking bottle of Maker’s 46, thus creating yet another rebirth for a dead tree earmarked for destruction. The sculpture actually began as the original longstanding flagship Maker’s bottle as Tarus (half-way through the process) morphed and blended it into M46, thus being symbolic of the OG Maker’s “giving birth” to M46.

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ries of Maker’s inspired sculptures by Tarus including the beautiful creation on The Bourbon Review’s Spring Edition cover.

HIS ROOTS ARE HIS MUSE: UNDERSTANDING THE ARTIST In the garden at Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center is a towering 12-foot-tall African headrest, inspired by his ancestors’ nomadic heritage – The Kalenjin Tribe of East Africa. A headrest in America means virtually nothing, but to the Kalenjin, it means everything. Functionally, it serves as the name implies in a somewhat pillow capacity, allowing one to rest their head but preventing a deep sleep from occurring. Thus for example, if danger in the form of hungry hyenas are lurking nearby, you will be ready to protect your herd and your family. From a sanctity perspective, a head rest is an irreplaceable part of ancient tradition. Each headrest has its own unique carvings and inscriptions representing whom that individual is, family lineage, community status symbol, artistic expression et et. In nomadic life, your home is wherever you wake up that day. A headrest is symbolic of who you are and where you came from as it goes wherever you go. This conceptual piece, dubbed Mutation of the Happiness Gene, not only reflects the visual and performing arts, but according to the artist, “the eternal bond of people and nature.” This passage embodies the inner most essence of Tarus’s special gift and his close connection to his natural surroundings. To understand his people is to understand Tarus and his artistic inspiration. You see, in nomadic culture, one depends solely on the land. Per the artist, “As a nomad, you’re always traveling to find the best crops, the best sources of water, the best pastures to feed your herd and your family. You’re truly living off the land and solely dependent on it for survival.” He continues, “In this life, you’re always moving, never knowing where you’ll be next.”

MOVING. CHANGE. CONSTANT MUTATION.

According to Rob Samuels (COO of Maker’s), it is a perfect representation of what Maker’s is all about.

The bloodline of Kalenjin ancestry can be traced as far back as 6000 B.C. as Kenya is closely tied to the age-old anthropology quest for the “Cradle of Mankind”. They are renowned for their fierce warrior ways. In the late 19th century, they valiantly resisted British invasion, known as “The Nandi Resistance” from 1890 to 1906. Speaking with Tarus, it’s evidently clear how important this warrior mentality is to him and the pride it evokes in his spirit.

“Kiptoo’s vision encapsulates Maker’s past, present and future in one incredible piece of art,” says Samuels.

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meter) to marathon (26.2 mil) competitive running landscape. Since 1980, nearly 40% of all major awards in these distances have gone to men of the Kalenjin Tribe. This is absolutely mind blowing as out of the 53,000,000+ Kenyan population, only 6,000,000+ are Kalenjin (2019 census). For more perspective, that’s .07% of the world’s population. In the 2013 Berlin Marathon: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place went to male Kalenjin runners. In the same race for females: 1st, 2nd, 4th place. Dating up to 2011, only 17 Americans in history ran a marathon time under 2 hours and 10 minutes. In 2011 alone, 32 Kalenjins beat this mark. Arguably the marathon GOAT, Kalenjin runner Eliud Kipchoge, was the first ever to break the sub 2 hour finish time in 2019. He holds the official world record marathon time of 2:01:39, has won 10 of his 11 marathons and won the 2016 Marathon Olympic Gold Medal. Kipchoge is an idol to Tarus as he has even created artwork in the miraculous runner’s honor. This incredible tenacity and willingness to persevere through intense pain in order to achieve a higher goal – to keep going through the face of adversity - resonates deeply within Tarus. It embodies the spirit of the Kalenjin tribe. And as you will soon discover, overcoming adversity is another phenomenal skillset in the artist’s possession. The River Between, displayed at Lexington’s African-American iconic landmark Lyric Theater, is another eye-grabbing example of his influential cultural roots. Carved from black walnut, the sculpture of a female form symbolizes, according to the artist, “the crossing of a river between two tribes where there must be compromise if the passage is to be a peaceful one.”

CHALLENGING WATERS, THE RIVER BETWEEN AFRICA & AMERICA Tarus’s own passage from Kenya to the United States wasn’t always peaceful nor easy. Learning his past is an imperative gateway to better understand his present. The East African nation of Kenya is widely known as the place where Out of Africa author Karen Blixen (played by Meryl Streep in the 1985 film which garnered 7 Academy Award nominations) had a farm. Blixen is far from the only artist or film to find inspiration in the vast hypnotic beauty of Kenya. The terrain in Disney’s 1994 The Lion King was heavily influenced by Tarus’s home country. Mufasa’s (James Earl Jones’s booming baritone voice) all-powerful “The Circle of Life” scene was based on Hell’s Gate National Park just outside of Kenyan Capital Nairobi where Tarus was born and raised. The word Simba is Swahili for “lion”. And yes, per Tarus – Hakuna Matada actually does mean “no worries” in Swahili and is used in the culture. Oscar winner (for her riveting performance in 2013’s 12 Years a Slave) and Yale graduate Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan native as is author/dramatist/columnist Ngugi Wa Thiong’o whom is recognized as East Africa’s most influential essayist. In short

- Kenya is an artistic and cultural powerhouse gumbo. In 1984, Kiptoo Tarus emerged from that flavorful gumbo in the capital city of Nairobi where he grew up in military bases as his father was an Army Chaplain. From the time he learned to hold a pencil in his hand, he was drawing and sketching, and sold his first piece – a Kenyan landscape – while still in elementary school. “I sold it to a classmate of mine for $1.50,” he says with a laugh, noting that this classmate is the daughter of the president of South Sudan. When he wasn’t drawing, he was making his own toys – thus discovering a knack for sculpture as well. Soon, neighbors and people who saw his work started buying it. He became one of Kenya’s youngest entrepreneurs before he was even in high school. Upon reaching high school, his art teacher became his art patron. He began buying Tarus’s pieces, allowing the artist to support himself through his drawings. During this time, he also had a thriving local marketing business… “mostly painting signs for shops and restaurants in Nairobi,” he says. Grade school through high school provided a pivotal incubation period for Tarus’s artistic growth and cultivation. College, however, was a completely different story as his artistic fast-tracking pace was nearly derailed entirely. Attending the University of Nairobi, he was eager to pursue his passion for sculpting. There was just one problem: NO SCULPTURE classes were offered in the art curriculum. “I kept getting into trouble with my teachers because every time they would give me a drawing assignment, I would convert it into sculpture,” he recalls.

THE VISIT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING It was at this very time of frustration and struggle that his connection to Kentucky was established, forever changing his path of life. University of Kentucky (UK) associate professor of sculpture Garry Bibbs was in Kenya with the Ruth Hunt Wood Foundation tasked with bringing Kenyan artists to UK for residencies. During his time off, Bibbs wound up stopping by Tarus’s school, dramatically changing the course of Tarus’s life. “We had a two-day conversation and I decided that the art he made represented the future direction of contemporary sculpture,” says Tarus. Bibbs was equally impressed with the young sculptor and broached the subject of graduate school, a thought Tarus had not previously entertained. “I was struck with his hunger to be an American-style artist,” says Bibbs. Bibbs goes on to explain that in Kenya there were two kinds

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of artists – those who lectured in an academic setting and those who were the actual producers of art. In addition, it was the custom for the art object to have a utilitarian function – a piece of art turned into a lamp, for example. “Kiptoo was surprised to learn that in America the lecturer was also a working artist,” says Bibbs, “and that art was reason enough for its own existence.” Despite the qualities Bibbs saw in him, for Tarus, coming to America proved an uphill struggle. For three years he applied for admission to UK and was consistently turned down yearafter-year. Resigned to staying in Kenya, he took a position at a Nairobi bank as brand manager with a responsibility for graphic design. However, he hit yet another road block. “It was an Islamic bank and it was very strict about what my art could and could not express,” says Tarus. Through its use of geometric shapes, Islamic art focuses on the representation of objects and not their physical qualities. That was in direct contrast to Tarus’s obsession with creating art that reflects human figures. “Eventually my passion for art won over the need to have a regular salary,” he says, thus surrendering the stability of steady income. He quit. This new freedom gave him the time to intensely focus on his sculpting. But with no Bibbs available, he sought another mentor and found one in Kota Otieno – a tribal art sculptor who took the young artist under his wing. By that Tarus means “he handed me a chisel and said ‘go forth’.” Go forth he did, learning what he could along the way. Starting with tree roots from an abandoned construction site, he began creating a body of work until his relationship with Otieno deteriorated. “He accused me of copying his work,” said Tarus, who, deeply frustrated and upset by the accusation, set his own sculptures on fire. Then, as dramatically vivid as a phoenix rising from ashes, a heavy downpour quenched the fire before the sculptures were all destroyed and Tarus discovered a new way of communicating with wood through alternately sculpting and torching. His new slash and burn technique resulted in an unexpected and unbelievable twist. His newly developed technique began to garner significant attention. And so it was that his new technique, spawned from a chapter of utter devastation, allowed his dream to come true. So it was that on his fourth attempt – Tarus would be accepted into UK’s Graduate Arts Program.

A NEW JOURNEY BEGINS In 2012, he left his homeland for Lexington with a colorful trunk and a heart full of hope and excitement, yearning for a new beginning.

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Just three years into his new journey, Tarus would make his sculptural mark for the entire world to see. The 2015 Breeder’s Cup (prominent horse racing event, think Kentucky Derby) was, for the first time in Its 41-year history, hosted in Lexington. It was a very big deal for the charming southern town as tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe attend the annual racing event. Tarus became enthralled with sketching hands after the 2007 “Kenyan Crisis” entailing intertribal Warfare following election unrest and the innocent that perished from political violence. Per the artist, “What was the last thing they reached out for in their closing moments?” He converted this energy into constructing colossal wooden hand sculptures which are striking by themselves, but become exponentially more potent given the context of creation. His ultimate goal is to design 42 pairs of hands, representing the 42 total tribes in Kenya. Out of the 20 he has completed, six of his powerful “Hands” were put on prominent display in the center of downtown Lexington during Breeder’s Cup, thus illuminating Tarus’s talent for the world to see. The display led to an immediate demand for Tarus’s work. It was all happening. Life couldn’t be better, until…..

OMINOUS TURN, ANOTHER PAINFUL SCAR On a Saturday evening in December 2017, Tarus had picked up his dog and went to his fiancé’s (now wife) home for bed. The next morning, they awoke to an eerie landslide of text messages and missed calls asking if they were OK. Tarus would quickly learn that his home had caught fire in the middle of the night. He raced over, fighting through the sea of firetrucks, police cars, news reporters and spectators, only to find he was far too late. His home along with all his personal and artistic possessions – clothing, priceless family photos, all his paintings and drawings, sculpting chisels and even his damn chainsaw – were devoured in the flames.

THROUGH THE ASHES, HOPE WILL ARISE To quit is not in Tarus’s character. In your darkest hour, you discover your true innate constitution. Put more simply… what you’re made of. Tarus comes from a warrior bloodline. He is of the Kalenjin tribe, where resilience and persevering through pain and struggle is at their inner most core. As quickly as the smoke descended, hope began to arise. His neighbors, friends, and the surrounding community of Lexington started a Go-Fund-Me campaign that raised enough money allowing him to swiftly spring back on his feet. His was able to replenish his art tools, including his chainsaw. Tarus is philosophical about the destruction that fire leaves in its wake. “You cannot have creation without destruction, as destruction clears the space for creation to occur. A farmer burns his field so new crops can flourish. Fire can be cleans-


ing and cathartic, and for me, a good bonfire is both warming and soothing for the soul.” “Covid-19 is something like a fire,” he says, “as it feels destructive but we may find that it leaves the world a better place by forcibly reminding us all what is essential and what we can and can’t do without.”

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Thankfully, not all was lost! A sculpture he had been working on “Internally Displaced Persons” was Saved by his neighbors whom knew Tarus wasn’t home. Partially charred by the flames, Tarus would Complete the sculpture as it stood for several years in Lexington’s Isaac Murphy Memorial Sculpture Garden. The fire itself was said to be caused by electrical malfunction. Kentucky is now home for the emotionally charred #4 artist whom, like the inside of a singed Bourbon barrel that creates liquid art over time, continues to extract beauty from fiery beginnings. He recently got married as his studio is like a second home where a large group of friends and art lovers constantly drop in to watch his gift in motion. His friend and mentor Bibbs views this phase of Tarus’s career as a time to rebrand himself. “Kiptoo is multi-talented,” says Bibbs. “I want to see him remain open to exploring other mediums. I don’t want him to be dismissed as just that guy that cuts up trees.” Tarus will never be just another guy that cuts up trees, but the tough love passage from Bibbs are simply nurturing words of encouragement as he wants Tarus to continue expanding his artistic boundaries to its fullest potential. The trees will never stop speaking to Tarus, as he will always be listening. But, as an artist, he will continue to feed his creative cravings and curiosities in other mediums - notably clay and metal work, both of which rely on fire to become stronger. He is also ready to “mutate” from the role of student to that of mentor, as he wishes to share the heritage and wisdom of Africa with Americans. In light of this, he has established the Fundi Institute. Fundi is Swahili meaning expert or specialist. “I want to bring African artists here to share their wisdom and technique and I am going to create events for children to explore art and learn about Africa,” he says. “My dream is to explore African traditions of storytelling and theatre improvisation with participants of all ages and cultures, sharing their creativity around a fire.” Kiptoo Tarus is a maker as his artisan mark will continue to expand brilliantly with each new piece he passionately creates. And with each new creation, his magnificent soul-inspiring constellation of artwork will grow, thus illuminating the artistic horizon more vibrantly for the world to see. To build a grand constellation takes time, but to Tarus, it is a marathon, not a sprint. And this a race that he was born to run. Find more projects from Kiptoo at www.kiptootarus.com  I M AG E | K AT E M C STAY

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52 Louisville, KY Home of the Kentucky Derby and the Urban Bourbon Trail

61 Lawrenceburg, KY Where Bourbon’s Roots Run Deep

62 Lexington, KY Epicenter of Bourbon Country

68 Bardstown, KY Adoration Abounds for Bourbon’s Quaint Capital

74 Owensboro, KY

75 Shepherdsville, KY Where Old Traditions Thrive & Everyone’s Part of the Family

76 Northern Kentucky Northern Gateway to Bourbon Country

84 Shelbyville, KY Adoration Abounds for Bourbon’s Quaint Capital

86 Frankfort, KY Kentucky's State Capital, Steeped in Bourbon History

87 Danville A Historically Distilled Experience

A KY Trifecta: BBQ.Bluegrass. Bourbon.

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LOUISVILLE, KY Home of the Kentucky Derby and the Urban Bourbon Trail

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ouisville’s rich Bourbon heritage begins with its strategic location along the Ohio River in the late 18th century, when frontier farmers in Kentucky first started using the land’s distinctly limestone-filtered water to distill whiskey. As Louisville became a vital commercial hub in the second half of the 19th century, the city’s Main Street was dubbed “Whiskey Row” due to the large concentration of Bourbon-related offices and warehouses centered in the district. Many of the cast-iron storefronts built between 1852 and 1905 are standing strong on what was also dubbed the “Wall Street of Whiskey”, some now housing popular Bourbon attractions and watering holes. Visitors to Louisville have ample opportunities to explore the Urban

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Bourbon Experience in town or use the city as a home base when wandering the rest of Bourbon Country. There are ten distillery tours in the Bourbon City with half in walking distance of each other in the downtown corridor. As Bourbon continues to explode in popularity worldwide, booking tours in advance of your visit is highly recommended.

Beyond the Distillery Bourbon City reclaimed its bourbon heritage in the last decade with the opening of 10 urban distilleries. America’s Native Spirit is part of the core fabric of the city and Louisville’s bourbon culture extends far beyond its production tours. It’s woven into the culinary scene and receives prime billing at festivals and events. It’s even on display in many

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unique accommodations and a headline exhibit at the Frazier History Museum, which is the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and features its own tasting experience and the highly instagrammable Wall of Bourbon. In addition to the distilleries, Louisville is home to the Urban Bourbon Trail® – a cocktail and culinary experience highlighting the city’s best Bourbon bars and restaurants. This elevated “pub crawl” has 40 unique stops, each stocked with at least 60 bourbons. Recently, the decade old trail has gone digital with a mobile friendly version to promote a more user friendly and COVID safe experience. From jazz-aged grand hotel bars to hidden speakeasies and neighborhood dives, there is an Urban Bourbon Trail spot to suit all tastes.


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And if that’s not enough to whet your whistle, you might enjoy one of the many distillery-owned bar experiences that are open to the public even without a tour. As the peak season may cause tours to sell out early, there is usually room at a distillery bar for a signature cocktail to get a taste of their brand experience. This is of course in addition to always being able to browse the well-themed retail areas of the top Bourbon brands. The Bourbon City Cruisers – A fleet of tuk-tuk style electric-powered vehicles are already becoming a popular way to experience Bourbon City. Take a ride with five other guests and an expert guide on an open-air adventure that connects travelers with downtown distilleries, restaurants, sightseeing and history. These can also be completely booked with your own private group of six. Other touring options exist from guided bus tours to private limo rentals and curated experiences. Be sure to visit www.bourboncountry.com for options.

Eat Your Bourbon Another way to fully experience the Bourbon culture in Louisville is a visit to Bourbon Barrel Foods where you’ll find more than 70 Bourbon-inspired culinary products including the one that started it all – America’s first micro-brewed soy sauce. Visitors can try a complimentary soy sauce tasting of four products in a guided educational experience at either their Frankfort Avenue or Story Avenue locations.

Saddle Up Combine two of Kentucky’s most treasured icons: bourbon and Thoroughbreds in an hour-long Kentucky Derby Museum experience that begins with a tour at Churchill Downs and ends with a mint

Cap off your Urban Bourbon Experience with a visit to Justins’ House of Bourbon with one of the widest collections of vintage bourbons in the world, including Van Winkles, Old Fitzgeralds and W.L. Wellers. Enjoy a tasting, get a bourbon history lesson and take home a rare bottle of bourbon.

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julep demo. Venture out a little further into the countryside just 20 minutes upriver to Hermitage Farm where you will find a 19th-century estate, working thoroughbred farm and farm-to-table restaurant reimagined through 21st-century eyes. Guided tastings are enjoyable for bourbon connoisseurs and novices alike. Or combine both of these experiences in a new tour that ends with lunch, a bourbon cocktail class and contemporary art.

Oak and Smoke For centuries, whiskey connoisseurs have known the pleasure of sipping a barrel aged spirit while enjoying a fine cigar. Have local cigar expert J. Shepherd guide you through a pairing combination based on your unique flavor profiles. A visit to J. Shepherd Cigar Boutique on Bardstown Road in the eclectic Highlands neighborhood is a fun way to stock up on the cigars you’ll want to add to your humidor. Just tell Jason your favorite whiskeys and he will perfectly pair them with personally selected cigars based on the nuances of taste and aroma in both. You’ll also get the tasting notes to share with your smoking buddies. Or stick around and join the regular crew that are typically puffing away the afternoon on the porch.

Soak in a Bourbon experience from sunrise to sundown by staying in one of many Bourbon-rich accommodations in Louisville from the oldest grand dames of the Brown Hotel (home of the Hot Brown) or the Seelbach (famous as a setting in the Great Gatsby and a signature bourbon & champagne cocktail) to the newest on Whiskey Row, the Grady Hotel with its basement speakeasy the White Swann. Experience a Victorian Mansion in Louisville’s classic Old Louisville neighborhood, restored with all modern amenities. A stay at the Bourbon Inn offers a look at the genuine Bourbon heritage of Kentucky including the Bourbon themed décor, Bourbon infused breakfasts, desserts and gift shop offerings. Old Louisville has the largest collection of restored Victorian homes in the country and is the third largest Historical Preservation District in the U.S. Like B & B’s with a modern twist? The Chateau Bourbon is a great choice for travelers seeking comfort with a splash of Bourbon in a down-home atmosphere from the welcoming front porch to the comfortable backyard swings. Located in the heart of Norton Commons, a unique and vibrant walkable community just 10 miles from downtown Louisville. Opened on Louisville’s Whiskey Row in 2019, Hotel Distil is a Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel celebrating Louisville’s Bourbon heritage with an original 1860’s era façade as a barrel house for J.T.S. Brown and Sons. The hotel’s décor pays homage to the Bourbon culture, along

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with offering a unique guest cocktail experience with a nightly toast to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. Two other Marriott properties are all-in for Bourbon with Whiskey-soaked décor and both hosting official Urban Bourbon Trail stops. The Louisville Downtown Marriott is connected to the Kentucky International Convention Center and steps away from the distilleries of Whiskey Row. Or settle in for some serious southern hospitality in the heart of the East End and a head start to distilleries along the Interstate 64 corridor at the Louisville Marriott East. More of Louisville’s hotels with an Urban Bourbon Trail stop on property include: the Galt House (Charles Dickens and Abe Lincoln both stayed at the original and they would have loved the new bar Swizzle for a cocktail overlooking the Ohio River), the Omni Hotel (with swanky speakeasy & bowling Pin + Proof and a vibrant roof top pool scene), and 21c Museum Hotel (the original of this boutique chain that houses contemporary art). Visit www.bourboncountry. com for a complete list of Bourbon City hotels.

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Bourbon City Shopping If you want to bring back more than bottles of Bourbon from your Bourbon Country adventure, Louisville has no shortage of distinctive locally made finds. There are plenty of Bourbon-inspired options, from Bourbon candies to Bourbon clothing and furniture and everything in between.

A Taste of Kentucky Wide variety of Louisville and Kentucky gifts and collectables, from bourbon barbecue sauce to Derby hats and Christmas ornaments when they are in season. atasteofkentucky.com

Art Eatables Cocoa varieties are expertly paired with just the right bourbon and topped with a “Bourbon Information Token” signifying what’s inside at this nut-free shop. arteatables.com

Bourbon Barrel Foods America’s first and only soy sauce microbrewery, now including products such as bourbon barrel aged soy sauce, bourbon barrel smoked salt, sugar, and spices, and more. bourbonbarrelfoods.com

Muth’s Candy The delicious caramel-marshmallow Modjeskas are the local favorite, but Muth’s also makes bourbon

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balls for many of Kentucky’s distilleries. And it’s a walk back in time to this 1921 candy shop in NuLu. muthscandy.com

Butchertown Market If you’re looking for a unique memento of your trip to Kentucky, this is basically a mini-mall of Louisville original businesses ranging from a chocolatier to a soap maker. thebutchertownmarket.com

Logan Street Market Inspired by Seattle’s Pike Place, this more than 30-stall market in the Smoketown neighborhood has a coffee roastery, bourbon bar, wine bar, unique dining outlets and plenty of original boutique retail with many bourbon-themed finds. Loganstreetmarket.com

the first whiskey jugs. Pick up a handmade memento of your trip from numerous fleur de lis items, Hot Brown platter and Mint Julep cups to their newly released Boujie’s Bourbon. louisvillestoneware.com And finally, some of our favorite places to take home the good stuff:

Liquor Barn Serious bourbon selection, including multiple store barrel picks. Eight Louisville Locations liquorbarn.com

Old Town Wine & Spirits Small shop with knowledgeable staff located in the Highlands neighborhood. oldtownwine.com

Taste Fine Wines and Bourbon The original Bourbon Tasting bar in NuLu with over 40 selections so you can try before you buy. tastefinewinesandbourbons.com

Westport Whiskey & Wine Over a hundred bourbons for

The Louisville Visitor Center Redeem your Urban Bourbon Trail Passports and stock up on plenty of “Just Add Bourbon” merchandise. gotolouisville.com

Stoneware Since 1815, this Louisville original has been molding household items out of clay including

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sale including many store picks. Full tasting bar in the back. westportwhiskeyandwine.com

The Wine Rack Handpicked selection of bourbon and other spirits in this Crescent Hill shop. wineshoplouisville.com

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LAWRENCEBURG, KY Where Bourbon’s Roots Run Deep

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n Lawrenceburg, you’ll find all the best that Kentucky has to offer right in the hub of Bourbon Country. Steeped in a rich heritage, Lawrenceburg in Anderson County is the perfect base camp for Bourbon Trail enthusiasts, outdoor adventurists, and fans of small-town charm. Located just a short drive from Lexington and Louisville, you can visit over a dozen distilleries within an hour’s drive from our historic downtown. During your stay, you’ll find a slice of small-town Americana with world-renowned bourbon distilleries, scenic country drives, award-winning wineries, and a bustling downtown filled with local shops. Find your spirit at visitlawrenceburgky.com.

DISTILLERIES Four Roses

The Four Roses Distillery was built in 1910 and features a unique Spanish Mission-Style architecture rarely seen in Kentucky. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and produces some of the most awarded Bourbons. One trip to this historic distillery and you’ll begin to understand why their Bourbon has come to be so mellow. Nestled in the quiet Kentucky countryside near Lawrenceburg, and on the banks of the scenic Salt River, the Four Roses Distillery makes the trip to this very mellow place all that more rewarding. 1224 Bonds Mille Road | 502-839-2655 | FourRosesBourbon.com

Wild Turkey

Bourbon has been produced on this property for 150 years, more than 60 of those years under

the watchful eye of Jimmy Russell. He is the bourbon industry’s longest-tenured active master distiller and is known to hang out in the visitors’ center to chat with fans stopping in for a tour and tasting. Come enjoy the bourbon that gets Jimmy’s stamp of approval and the magnificent views from their award-winning visitors’ center, perched on a bluff above the Kentucky River. 1417 Versailles Road | wildturkeybourbon.com

locally-owned shops and restaurants cater to Bourbon Trail visitors. Have lunch, dinner, or an adult beverage at a sidewalk table and soak up the small-town atmosphere that makes Lawrenceburg so special. Plus, Lawrenceburg has a calendar chock full of lively events throughout the summer.

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Lawrenceburg and Anderson County boast a variety of welcoming lodging options during your tour of Bourbon Country. The Best Western and Trail Suites Inn, Lawrenceburg Bed & Breakfast, and a host of unique Airbnb’s–seriously, a caboose and a log cabin from the 1800s, just to name two– guarantee you’ll have a memorable experience from some of the friendliest people you’ll meet anywhere.

Lovers Leap

Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery offers a fullservice working farm, event venue, and tasting room. Wine lovers of all types and levels enjoy an engaging wine tasting experience. The 5,000sq. ft. event venue hosts music and food truck events throughout the summer. Come enjoy a glass of wine and stunning views from our veranda and find out what Kentucky wine is all about! 1180 Lanes Mill Road | 502-839-1299 loversleapwine.com

Rising Sons

Italian family heritage is behind the passion that makes this home farm winery special. From their award-winning Cataldo’s Salute dry red to the picturesque vineyard, event venue, and farm, a visit here is what Kentucky dreams are made of. 975 Frankfort Road | 502-600-0224 risingsonswinery.com

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hen riding along the gently bending hills of the Bluegrass and admiring a patchwork scheme of horse farms surrounding Lexington, you might begin to agree with American pioneer Daniel Boone’s famous words: “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.” The secret to the region’s undeniable beauty lies underneath its blue-tinted grass. The limestone-rich source of water that nourishes world-class horses also supplies Bourbon makers with an ingredient that only nature can perfect. Lexington is a logical starting point for Bourbon distillery tours—with four distilleries within the city limits and four others within a 20 minute drive. Be sure to also plan an excursion to one of the legendary horse farms when you tag along on a Horse Country, Inc. Tour.

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DISTILLERIES AND BREWERIES In the mid-1800s, Lexington’s Manchester Street was a major hub of Kentucky’s Bourbon distilling industry. But for many decades during the 20th century, Bourbon making was absent in urban Lexington. Now, an influx of new distilleries has ended the Bourbon drought, revitalizing a Kentucky tradition and putting downtown Lexington back on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail map. There is also a vibrant craft-brewing scene with 15 craft breweries located throughout the city.

Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. A leader in bringing back the tradition of Bourbon making in Lexington, Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. produces Town Branch Bourbon, Kentucky Ale beer and a variety of other spirits, including a Bourbon-infused coffee drink. Two

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copper pot stills, made visible through glass walls, are the centerpieces of the distillery. The distillery is the only member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that packages a brewery tour with a distillery tour for a price of $12. 401 Cross St | (859) 887-3406 | lexingtonbrewingco.com

Barrel House Distilling Co.

Visit this microdistillery at the larger Lexington Distillery District to learn about their distilled and sourced products, including award winning Bourbons. 903 Manchester St #150 | (859) 259-0159 barrelhousedistillery.com

Blue Stallion Brewing Co.

This downtown brewery specializes in traditional European beer styles, such as British ales and German lagers. 610 W 3rd St | (877) 928-2337 | bluestallionbrewing.com

Bluegrass Distillers

Bottle your own Bourbon at this small scale distillery, where products range from traditional and wheated Bourbons to whiskeys distilled from blue corn. 501 W 6th St #165 | bluegrassdistillers.com


Brewer Dude Local Brewery

Offering unique beers on tap. 211 East Seventh St | (888) 337-3137| brewerdude.com

Country Boy Brewing Co.

The founders insist on high quality ingredients and minimal processing for all their beers, which include favorites such as Shotgun Wedding Vanilla Brown Ale and Cliff Jumper IPA. 436 Chair Ave. | (859) 554-6200 | countryboybrewing.com

Ethereal Brewing

Located in the bustling Lexington Distillery District, this brewery specializes in Belgian farmhouse and American craft beers, including traditional sour beers. Locations: 1224 Manchester St | (859) 309 -1254 401 S Limestone | (859) 523-3144 Etheral Brewing Public House - pg. 58 etherealbrew.com

Fusion Brewing

This brewery is a family-friendly community space with a tap room and patio space. 1170 Manchester St #150 | (859) 554-8037 fusion-brewing.com

Goodwood Brewery

A nod to its KY roots, Goodwood produces wood-aged beer brewed with limestone water. Enjoy a sip at their Lexington Brewpub location along with reimagined southern bites like fried green tomatoes and brisket grilled cheese. 200 Lexington Green Cir| (859) 4071200 | goodwood.beer

James E. Pepper Distillery

This historic distillery is making a comeback in its original home place, but unlike other distilleries doing the same, this campus is multi-use and includes other distilleries and breweries as well as restaurants and shops. Stop by for a tour and tasting of James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbons and ryes and learn more about this iconic American brand. 1228 Manchester St #100 | jamesepepper.com

Pivot Brewing

Boasting constantly rotating taps, this cider brewery has plenty of Bourbon barrel aged options as well. 1400 Delaware Ave | 859-285-6778 pitvotbrewingcompany.com

Rock House Brewing

Started by a group of homebrewers, this brewery offers ten taps and live music. 119 Luigart Ct | (859) 368-7064 | rockhousebrewing.com

The Void Sake Co.

Born of Japanese tradition and American craft, The Void offers bottled sake and samples on-site. 949 National Ave, Suite 190 | (859) 567-9423 thevoidsake.com

West Sixth Brewing Co.

A must-visit and one of the most popular Kentucky breweries since 2012, the taphouse is a great spot for a local drink. 501 West Sixth St | (859) 705-0915 westsixth.com

Wise Bird Cider Co.

This cidery is located in the Lexington Distillery District among many other breweries, distilleries, and restaurants. 1170 Manchester St | (859) 309-1863 wisebirdcider.com

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This cocktail, wine, and beer bar is open 5 p.m. to late, seven days a week. 108 Church St | onababona.com

Bear & The Butcher

They feature three dozen whiskey selections, wine, beer, and cocktails. The menu includes bar snacks, tacos, sandwiches, and is a great brunch spot offering vegetarian and gluten free options. 815 Euclid Ave. | (859) 469-9188 | bearandthebutcher.com

Beer Trappe

Lexington’s first craft beer store features draft beers and a beer school program to help you appreciate the flavors and history of your favorite suds. 811 Euclid Ave. | (859) 309-0911 | thebeertrappe.com

Belle’s Cocktail House

Named for local Victorian-era madam and businesswoman Belle Brezing, this Bourbon bar also features cocktails and other spirits as well as a rooftop bar. 156 Market St | bellesbar.com

Bluegrass Tavern

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This downtown bar boasts one of the largest collections of whiskey in Kentucky, clocking in at around 350 selections. Enjoy live music and special events and a dozen private house barrel picks. 115 Cheapside | (859) 523-7976 | thebluegrasstavern.com

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Blue Heron Steakhouse

Try a 40 oz. Porterhouse steak for two, baked brie, and other steakhouse favorites. The whiskey list includes Bourbon, rye, Scotch, Canadian, and more. 185 Jefferson St | (859) 254-2491 blueheronsteakhouse.com

Try the smoked pork belly hot wings while you peruse the dozens of whiskeys on the menu. Chef Jeremy holds an impressive resume as reflected in his upscale menu. 3070 Lakecrest Cir, Suite 550 (859) 296-1007 | azurrestaurant.com

Bourbon on Rye

Cozy Bourbon bar with a vintage feel and expertly crafted cocktails. 115 W Main St | (859) 286-5153

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- including sushi, curry, and Korean tacos, plus more than 120 Bourbons. 109 N Mill St #150 (859) 523-4723 | buddhaloungeky.com

Chevy Chase Inn

Originally established in 1933, this is a local favorite hangout for college sports and more. 833 Euclid Ave. | (859) 266-9422

Coles 735 Main

Artful dining experience featuring house-made charcuterie and fresh baked breads. Vegetarian options available. coles735main.com | 735 E Main St (859) 266-9000

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Chef Jonathan Lundy’s menu is Latin-inspired, fresh, and made-to-order. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options aplenty. 101 W Short St (859) 317-8796 cortolima.com

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County Club

With nightly specials and housemade sauces on every table, their smoked meats from Kentucky-raised livestock are a must-taste! (859) 367-0263 countyclubrestaurant.com 555 Jefferson St

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One of the South’s Top 50 Restaurants in America, according to Forbes. Enjoy burgers, steaks, fried chicken, and more alongside their hefty whiskey and spirits list. 157 Jefferson St | (859) 317-8360 distilledonjefferson.com

Dudley’s on Short

Showcasing classic Southern hospitality and local ingredients in an upscale atmosphere. 259 W Short St #125 | (859) 252-1010 dudleysonshort.com

East End Tap and Table

A casual restaurant and tap house serving scratch classic American fare with an international twist. 333 E Main St suite 180 (859) 785-2511 eastendtapandtable.com

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Elkhorn Tavern

Stop by the Elkhorn Tavern after your visit to the Barrel House Distillery, located in the Lexington Distillery District. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 1200 Manchester St | (859) 368-8122 barrelhousedistillery.com/elkhorn-tavern

ELIXIR Downtown

Downtown spot for live entertinment, specialty cocktials, and elevated cuisine. 249 W Short St | (859) 309-2248 elixirdowntown.com

Epping’s on Eastside

Located in downtown Lexington’s Warehouse Block, Epping’s boasts in-house cured meats, and supports the region’s diverse farming and food community in all their dishes. Also check out the family-friendly Olive & Poppy located on-site. 264 Walton Avenue | 859-971-0240 eppingsoneastside.com

Ethereal Brewing Public House

In the heart of downtown, serving Ethereal Brewing craft beers and cocktails in a classic English pub atmosphere. etherealbrew.com 102 West Vine, 40507

Frank and Dino’s

A fine-dining downtown spot for hand-crafted southern Italian plates. 271 W Short St | (859) 303-4007 frankanddinos.com

Goodfellas

Grab a slice before your distillery tour or grab a seat at the bar and enjoy the whiskey and cocktail menu with over 250 Bourbons and rotating craft beers. 1228 Manchester St | (859) 523-5280 goodfellaspizzeria.com

The Grove

An eclectic downtown hot-spot featuring brews, cocktails, wine, charcuterie, and food-trucks. 200 W Main St | thegrovelex.com

Henry Clay’s Public House

A Bourbon and beer bar in the former home of Kentucky politician Henry Clay, where he lived in the early 1800s before moving to his


LEXINGTON, KY nearby Ashland estate. 112 N Upper St (859) 368-7754 | henryclayspublichouse.com

Honeywood

Honeywood is local celebrity chef Ouita Michel’s largest restaurant, with table service, a stylish bar and food that is fresh, locally sourced when possible, and creatively prepared. 110 Summit at Fritz Farm #140 | (859) 469-8234 honeywoodrestaurant.com

Italx

Downtown spot for a twist on traditional Italian fare featuring multiple scratch-made pastas, reimagined small plates, vegetarian and gluten-free offerings along with an extensive Italian wine and cocktail list. 160 W Main St | Lexington, KY 40507 | (859) 407-5100 | italx.com

Jean Farris Winery and Bistro

This small farm and vineyard - with apples, berries, lettuces, and herbs grown on-site - has a small but well-appointed seasonal menu. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available. 6825 Old Richmond Rd. (859) 263-9463 | jeanfarris.com

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

Known for nationally-acclaimed U.S.D.A. Prime Steaks, Seafood & Sushi, Impeccable Service and Live Entertainment. Ask about private dining in The Bourbon Room. 101 W Vine St | jeffruby.com | (859) 554-7000

Lockbox

The menu at Lockbox celebrates Southern cuisine and the preservation of the season’s finest ingredients from around the Bluegrass region. Lockbox is sure to please the advanced foodie. 167 West Main St | (859)899-6860 | lockboxlex.com

Malone’s

Named one of the Great Steak Houses of North America, they’ve served USDA Prime beef and great Bourbons since 1998. 3347 Tates Creek Rd. | (859) 335-6500 1920 Pleasant Ridge Dr. | (859) 264-8023 3735 Palomar Centre Dr. | (859) 977-2620

Merrick Inn

Merrick Inn offers a “Rare, Small Batched, & Aged To Perfection” menu of Bourbon and other American whiskeys alongside classic American fare. 1074 Merrick Dr. | (859) 269-5417 | themerrickinn.com

OBC Kitchen & Bar

A chef-driven restaurant named for one of the supposed origin stories for the name of Bourbon - Old Bourbon County, which was stamped on the end of Bourbon barrels. 3373 Tates Creek Rd | (859) 977-2600 | obckitchen.com

Oscar Diggs

With a menu that rotates weekly and a seasonal cocktail menu, this downtown gastropub is open late most nights. 155 N Limestone | (859) 523-8305 | odiggs.com

Pasta Garage

Fresh made pasta features at this chef-owned, quality fast-casual Italian restaurant. 962 Delaware Ave. | (859) 309-9840 | pastagarage.com

Postmaster’s Pub

Located in a historic 1825 building, the menu features locally sourced fares and a sizable bourbon offering including noteworthy rare finds. 307 W Short St | (859) 523-5465 | postmasterspub.com

The Sage Rabbit

This chef-owned, farm-to-table eatery features house-made pasta, burgers, and craft cocktails. Dogs welcome on the patio. 438 S Ashland Ave. | (859) 523-2095 | thesagerabbit.com

Smithtown Seafood

Another Ouita Michel favorite -- serving Kentucky Proud products such as Weisenberger Mills grits and Kentucky catfish. West Sixth | 501 W 6th St | (859) 303-4100 smithtownseafood.com

Stella’s Kentucky Deli

Much of the menu at this Lexington institution is sourced locally, and it is a popular spot for brunch and lunch every day of the week. 143 Jefferson St | (859) 255-3354 stellaskentuckydeli.com

Tony’s of Lexington

Steaks and seafood are featured in an upscale dining environment at this 2016 OpenTable Diner’s Choice winning restaurant. 401 W Main St (859) 243-0210 | tonysoflexington.com

Winchell’s

Catch the big game on the big screen at this classic sports bar and restaurant, hailed as the best sports bar in Lexington. 348 Southland Dr | (859) 278-9424 winchellsrestaurant.com

Windy Corner Market

Ouita Michel’s down home cooking is made from scratch with local ingredients. Favorites include the Bourbon Barrel Deluxe burger and Old Fashioned Barbecue Pork Brisket. 4595 Bryan Station Rd | (859) 294-9338 windycornermarket.com

Zim’s Cafe/The Thirsty Fox

Named for James Beard Nominated Chef Ouita Michel’s grandfather Zim, the menu is inspired by the local farms and traditions of Kentucky. The Thirsty Fox is the adjacent cocktail, craft beer, and Bourbon lounge

where the Zim’s menu is also served. 215 W Main St | (859) 785-3690 | zimscafe.com

STAY 21c Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel’s newest location opened in early 2016 after the company invested $43 million to transfer Lexington’s first skyscraper into this 88-room boutique hotel and contemporary art museum. Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, this property houses the restaurant Lockbox, along with art exhibits that are free for public viewing. 167 West Main St | (859) 899-6800 21cmuseumhotels.com/lexington

Bourbon Hous

AirBNB located in downtown Lexington and sleeps up to 14 people along with a private bar and billards room. Renting Bourbon Hous is like having your own, private, high-end boutique hotel. airbnb.com/rooms/45811808

Eighth Pole Inn

If you’re coming to the Horse Capital of the World, why not stay in the heart of Thoroughbred country in this elegant bed and breakfast? Each room is handsomely decorated and downtown attractions are minutes away. 3463 Rosalie Rd. | (859) 226-0095 | eighthpoleinn.com

Elwood Hotel & Suites

Inspired by the first female-owned Kentucky Derby winner, Elwood is a colorful stay boasting southern hospatiality. Check out the on-site Fiddletree Kitchen & Bar. 444 Parkway Dr | (859) 423-1001 | theelwoodhotel.com

Embassy Suites

Guaranteeing class and comfort, Embassy Suites is centrally located on Newtown Pike just a few miles from the Kentucky Horse Park and downtown Lexington. Bourbon Trail tourists will have immediate access to Interstate-75 and Interstate-64 as they continue their journey. 1801 Newtown Pike | (859) 455-5000 embassysuites.hilton.com

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

Positioned next to the interstate, the Griffin Gate boasts amenities including a full-service spa, steakhouse, and a golf course which just underwent a $1 million bunker renovation. 1800 Newtown Pike | (859) 231-5100 | marriott.com

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green

Located a few miles away from downtown and adjacent to the restaurants and shops in Lexington Green and Fayette Mall. The hotel is also close to the Bluegrass Parkway, which leads to many other locations on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. 245 Lexington Green Cir | (859) 271-4000 | hilton.com

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Hilton Lexington Downtown

Central to Triangle Park and downtown restaurants, the Hilton Lexington Downtown is home to the popular Bigg Blue Martini lounge and Triangle Grille restaurant. 369 W. Vine St | (859) 231-9000 | hilton.com

Hyatt Regency Lexington

Within walking distance of Rupp Arena, the Lexington Convention Center, Jefferson Street, Cheapside Park and many other downtown attractions, the Hyatt is a convenient downtown hotel. 401 W. High St | (859) 253-1234 | lexington.hyatt.com

Lexington Marriott City Center

Within walking distance of Rupp Arena, Lexington Convention Center and a number of trendy restaurants and boutiques. 121 West Vine St | (859) 253-1000 | marriott.com

Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast

For a more intimate location to stay in downtown Lexington, rest your head at the Lyndon House Bed and Breakfast, a lovely Victorian home. 507 N. Broadway | (859) 420-2683 | lyndonhouse.com

with refined Southern hospitality, Origin is located in Lexington’s shopping and dining destination, The Summit at Fritz Farm. 4174 Rowan | (859) 245-0400 | originhotel.com

The Sire

Paying homage to Lexington’s equestrian industry, The Sire is a first-class luxury hotel located in the heart of Lexington’s historic downtown district. 120 W. Second St | (859) 231-1777 | tapestrycollection3.hilton.com/tc/sire-hotel-lexington

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Bella Rose

For over three decades, Bella Rose has elegantly merged big-city fashion and small-town charm, and their window displays at the corner of Upper and Maxwell streets never fail to turn heads. It’s a must-stop boutique for a new Keeneland outfit. 126 W. Maxwell St | (859) 255-2565 | bellarosestyle.com

Julietta Market

23,000 square foot year-round multi-vendor public market in the heart of the historic Southeast Greyhound building. Shop, eat, and meet in one spot. 101 West Loudon Ave | (859) 379-2049 | nolicdc.org/ julietta-market

Justins’ House of Bourbon

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Keeneland Gift Shop

Nothing says Kentucky more than horses and Bourbon, and the Keeneland gift shop has you covered when it comes to mementos of both. 4201 Versailles Rd | keenelandshop.com

Keeneland Mercantile

A retail destination that showcases the best of what Kentucky tradition and craftsmanship have to offer. 120 West Main St | (859) 288-4155 | keenlandmercantile.com

KY For KY

Part museum, part store, KY for KY’s mission is to spread the love of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, one “Y’ALL” sweatshirt at a time. Prints, apparel, jewelry, and more to commemorate your trip to the land of Bourbon. 720 Bryan Ave. | (859) 303-6359 119 Marion, Suite 140 | (859) 687-1177 kentuckyforkentucky.com

SURROUNDING AREA HIGHLIGHTS Take a short drive to these unique spots just outside of Lexington.

Castle Farms Restaurant

This 2018 Open Table Diner’s Choice Award winner located at The Kentucky Castle is open for breakfast thru lunch and then again for dinner. Ingredients are locally sourced and owners are building an on-site garden that will supply many of the ingredients in the future. 230 Pisgah Pike, | Versailles, KY 40383 (859) 256-0322 | thekentuckycastle.com/eat-drink

Dreaming Creek Brewery

Enjoy food trucks and beer specials, and soon a second location in London, KY. 109 E Irvine St | Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 575-7111

Lemons Mills Brewery

Men’s clothing store featuring everything from custom suits to casual attire. 388 Southland Dr | (859) 787-0943 | macandclay.com

Revival of a Prohibition-era secret brewery by descendants upon their discovery of the old family recipes. 166 Marimon Ave Suite 12 | Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 265-0872 | lemonsmillbrewery.com

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Mac & Clay

With over 60 shops and more than 20 restaurants to choose from, The Summit is the perfect spot for those who love to spend a day shopping. Whether you prefer the well-known brands or want to discover something from a locally-owned business, The Summit has something for everyone. 120 Summit at Fritz Farm #155 (859) 309-9682 | thesummitatfritzfarm.com

Wine + Market

Lexington’s premier boutique wine shop featuring craft beer, liquor, artisanal cheese, charcuterie, fresh bread, coffee, specialty groceries, and more. 486 West Second St | (859) 225-0755 | wineandmarket.com

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The Summit at Fritz Farm

Enjoy everything from ramen to fried chicken, all Kentucky Proud, at this restaurant and Bourbon bar. Just down the road from Woodford Reserve. 5711 McCracken Pike | Versailles, KY 40383 (859) 879-0101

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This upscale men’s clothing store will get you ready for those strict racetrack dress codes with high-quality luxury men’s fashion. 119 Clay Ave | (859) 309-0357 | stuartmercer.com

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Scratch farm to table concept, an ever growing bourbon list and fantastic craft cocktails. 214 S Waters St | Georgetown, KY 40324 | (502) 642-8998 localfeedky.com

JULIETTA MARKET

A public warehouse of vintage, rustic, reclaimed “stuff” (think bourbon barrels, industrial furniture, and strange oddities) located at the Lexington Distillery District. 1170 Manchester St | (859) 309-1894 | reliclex.com

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opened to serve the vintage spirits market, though a wide selection of current Kentucky Bourbons is also offered. 601 W Main St | (859) 317-8609 | thehouseofbourbon.com

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Classic pub fare such as BBQ Beer Cheese Burgers accompany original and local beers. 513 Marsailles Rd. | Versailles, KY 40383 (859) 256-0169 | vbctaproom.com

Wilderness Trail

Learn about the sweet mashing process, used by only a few distilleries in Kentucky, at this established craft distillery. These folks also know more about yeast than anyone else you will meet on your whiskey journey. 4095 Lebanon Rd | Danville, KY 40422 wildernesstraildistillery.com

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In January 2022, Bardstown distilleries came together to launch the inaugural Bardstown Collection, a unified release featuring each distillery’s unique expression, to celebrate the “Bourbon Capital of the World”.

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Heaven Hill opened after Prohibition with five brothers at the helm, and it is still owned by the same family today. Many of this historic distiller’s brands pay homage to forefathers of Bourbon history such as Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, JTS Brown, and more. 2021 brought a $19 million expansion, including an immersive visitor’s center experience, Five Brothers Bar, and a “You Do Bourbon” experience where you can fill your own bottle of whiskey. Distance from Downtown Bardstown: 1.4 Miles 1311 Gilkey Run Rd. | Bardstown, KY 40004 heavenhilldistillery.com

Offering 10 unique distillery experiences located within 16 miles of downtown Bardstown!

Bardstown Bourbon Company

In addition to touring this state-of-the-art distillery, visitors can also enjoy food and a full bar at the Bardstown Bourbon Company Kitchen & Bar onsite. Be sure to check out the vintage whiskey library and Shaken & Stirred Cocktail Class in the warehouse. Distance from Downtown Bardstown: 4.1 Miles 1500 Parkway Dr. | Bardstown, KY 40004 bardstownBourbon.com

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You can visit Four Roses at two locations the distillery in Lawrenceburg and the warehouse and bottling facility in Cox’s Creek. While it may sound boring to visit a warehouse facility, Four Roses has some pretty unique one story warehouses.A tour of the second location is included in your ticket from the first location you tour. Distance from Downtown Bardstown: 16 Miles 624 Lotus Rd. | Coxs Creek, KY 40013 fourrosesBourbon.com

Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience

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from downtown Bardstown, you can begin a journey through the history of the bestselling Bourbon brand in the world. Check out their brand new visitor’s center along with The Kitchen Table restaurant. Distance from Downtown Bardstown: 15.4 Miles 526 Happy Hollow Rd. | Clermont, KY 40110 jimbeam.com

Log Still Distillery

J.W. “Wally” Dant is paying tribute to his forefathers with the creation of Log Still Distillery and Dant Crossing (pg. 64). Wally is keeping his family’s rich legacy alive as he builds upon the same land in southern Nelson County where his forefathers once made spirits. Explore the vast 300-acre property and enjoy tastings of Monk’s Road and Rattle & Snap spirits at the Log Still Distillery Tasting Room. Distance from Downtown Bardstown: 13.4 Miles 225 Dee Head Rd. | Gethsemane, KY, 40051 logstilldistillery.com

Lux Row Distillers

This stunning new distillery is home to products such as David Nicholson, Blood Oath, Rebel Yell, and Ezra Brooks, this 18,000 square foot facility will eventually becapable of producing 50,000 barrels a year. Distance from Downtown Bardstown: 3.4 Miles 3050 E John Rowan Blvd. Bardstown, KY 40004 luxrowdistillers.com


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Maker’s Mark

In Marion County, you can experience an iconic history in motion. Enjoy distillery tours, fine dining, educational programs and whisky workshops at Star Hill Farm where Maker’s® is made. They’re still doing things just like they did them in 1953. From the old letter press, to the way they hand-rotate every barrel and hand-dip every bottle of Maker’s Mark. Distance from Downtown Bardstown: 16 Miles makersmark.com

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Willett Distillery

This picturesque distillery has been family-owned and operated for over 80 years. Great efforts have been made to restore the property. From underground, spring-fed lakes, to the Kentucky split-face limestone exterior, to old turn-of-thecentury belt and pulley fan systems running throughout the distillery and visitor center, it truly makes for a memorable trip. Distance from Downtown Bardstown: 2.7 Miles 1869 Loretto Rd. | Bardstown, KY 40004 kentuckyBourbonwhiskey.com

EAT & DRINK 3rd Street Tap House

If beer selection and a pub atmosphere is what you’re looking for, look no further. Enjoy craft beer, Bourbon, and karaoke night! 112 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 | (502) 348-8991

Bardstown Burger SCOUT & SCHOLAR

Homemade burgers, fries, onion rings, shakes and more. Made fresh, for dine-in or carry-out! 126 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004 bardstownburger.com

Bluegrass Tavern SCOUT & SCHOLAR

Live music is a great compliment pool tables and other bar games. Order a “Fryway To Hell” burger with your Bourbon - if you eat it yourself in under 15 minutes you get a free t-shirt and a spot on the wall of fame. (502) 348-2563 2340 New Haven Rd. | Bardstown, KY 40004

Bourbon Brick Oven Grill

Known for their homemade dough and pizza sauce, Bourbon Brick Oven Grill is the only brick oven pizza you can get in Bardstown. bourbonbrickovengrill.com

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Bardstown Bourbon Company Kitchen & Bar

Located inside the visitor’s center at Bardstown Bourbon Company, this full service restaurant and bar has taken full advantage of Kentucky’s “Vintage Spirits Law” by offering a collection of over 400 vintage spirits from around the world on the whiskey menu. 1500 Parkway Dr. | Bardstown, KY 40004 bardstownbourbon.com/dine

Bullitt’s Winery & Bistro

Makers of several varietals of Kentucky Proud sweet wines, which pair with pizzas, salads, and more. 126 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 595-8879 | bullittswine.com

Cafe Primo

Enjoy pizzas, pasta, and sandwiches at this Main Street Italian eatery. There’s also a solid selection of allocated bottles of Bourbon behind the bar. 120 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 | (502) 348-8822

Chuckleberry Farm & Winery

Started as a labor of love Chuckleberry Farm & Winery is owned by Chuck & Ladonna Hall. Stop by the farm for a tour and enjoy our famous Chuckleslush (Wine Slushie). 527 Garrison Ln. | Bloomfield, KY 40008 (502) 249-1051 | chuckleberryfarm.com

Fresh

Serving house made pastries, sweet treats and lunch daily, along with delicious smoothies and, of course, their incredible Good Folks Coffee. The menu changes daily/weekly. If you’re limited on time, give Fresh a call and they’ll have your lunch ready for pickup! freshcoffeebardstown.com

Hadorn’s Bakery

At Hadorn’s Bakery, delicious donuts and baked goods are made fresh on site daily. Located on the corner of North 4th St. and West Flaget St. in historic downtown Bardstown, you will find friendly service awaiting you inside.

Harrison-Smith House

A historic home, restaurant and event space that hosts events for groups of all sizes, year round. The menus reflect the rich agricultural heritage of the bluegrass, and incorporate traditional ingredients and recipes. Bourbon is always highlighted, in cocktails, neat, or paired with food. 103 E Stephen Foster Ave. | Bardstown, KY 40004 | harrisonsmithhouse.com

Hurst Discount Drug

Hurst Discount Drug has been s erving the community for over 100 years and is home to one of the very few remaining old

fashioned soda fountains! They serve breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, ice cream, malts, shakes, and banana splits, to name just a few. 102 N 3rd St. | Bardstown, KY 40004

Kreso’s Restaurant

European fare including schnitzels and goulash enhance the standard menu of salads and sandwiches. Located inside the beautifully restored Arco Theatre, originally built in 1942. 218 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 348-9594 | kresosrestaurant.com

Mammy’s Kitchen

From the Bourbon burger to the butterscotch pie, the menu is filled with American classics with a Bourbon country spin. There’s also a full bar featuring a wide selection of Bourbons. 116 W Stephen Foster Ave. Bardstown, KY 40004 mammys-kitchen.business.site

McIntyre’s Winery & Berries

McIntyre’s Winery is owned and operated by Tommy and Debbie McIntyre. During a visit you can get fresh berries and homemade fruit wines. Relax with a winery tour and tasting. 531 McIntyre Ln | Bardstown, KY 40004 | (502) 507-3264

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

Whether you go for a dinner or lunch tour or on the Bourbon Run, enjoy a menu of classic Southern fare while taking a train ride through the heart of Bourbon country. 602 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 kydinnertrain.com

Old Talbott Tavern

What started as a stagecoach stop in 1779 has played host to King Louis Philippe of the House of Bourbon, Jesse James, Abraham Lincoln, and more, and is rumored to be quite haunted. Try the Bourbon walnut chicken or Lincoln’s Bourbon BBQ ribs. 107 W Stephen Foster Ave. | Bardstown, KY 40004 talbotts.com

Pat’s Place

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a small town feel includes everything from omelets to onion rings. 123 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 | (502) 348-0010

The Rickhouse

Located in the same building as the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, The Rickhouse features a full Bourbon bar complete with cocktails. The food menu includes American style comfort food. 112 Xavier Dr. | Bardstown, KY 40004 (in Spalding Hall) therickhouse-bardstown.com

Scout & Scholar

Scout & Scholar Brewing Company is a meetinghouse to share great beer and exceptional

food. A spot in the heart of the city that honors its rich history and celebrates the community and traditions yet to come. Enjoy live music, trivia nights and unique events here each month, along with the outdoor patio and fire pits set underneath twinkling market lights. 112 W Flaget St | Bardstown, KY 40004 scoutandscholar.com

Stephen Foster Restaurant

Stephen Foster was a famous songwriter who wrote My Old Kentucky Home, among many others. This buffet-style restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features a wide variety of options to suit a large crowd. 503 W Stephen Foster Ave. | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 348-5076 | stephenfosterrestaurant.com

Susie Q’s

Daily lunch specials, sandwiches and burgers, and house-made baked goods mean there’s something to please everyone. 607 W Stephen Foster Ave. | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 331-9298

The Bar at Willett

Located at the site of the historic Willett Distillery, The Bar at Willett serves up vintage whiskey, classic cocktails and small plates inspired by a storied family heritage. Reservations highly recommended to best accommodate you. 1869 Loretto Rd. | Bardstown, KY 40004 kentuckyBourbonwhiskey.com

Uncle Spoony’s Sports Bar & Kitchen

Come for wings, burgers, fried chicken, sandwiches - plus a good time watching your favorite sports games! 109 Guthrie Dr, | Bardstown, KY 40004

STAY Kentucky Bourbon Manor

Experience the Old-World grandeur of a luxurious antebellum mansion by booking one of nine rooms inside two restored plantation homes, or a tenth room in the original smokehouse, at the Kentucky Bourbon Manor. A member of the National Historic Registry and Kentucky Landmark Plantation Home, the Kentucky Bourbon Manor guarantees a romantic stay in Bardstown, with rooms that include private fireplaces, antique furnishings, spiraling staircases, whirlpool tubs and canopy king beds. Every homemade breakfast served in the dining hall or room incorporates the theme of Bourbon. For those passing through Bardstown, the Bourbon Manor Bar also serves local microbrews and Bourbons, as well as a tapas menu with meats, cheeses and appetizers, starting at 5 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday. 714 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502)-Bourbon; (800) 426-8726 Bourbonmanor.com

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LaQuinta Inn & Suites

Less than five miles from Bardstown Bourbon Company®, Lux Row Distillers™, Willett® ONE OF MANY ROOM STYLES AT DANT CROSSING Distillery, and Barton 1792 Distillery. Settle in with a heated indoor pool and 24/7 gym—plus, free breakfast and A brand-new, 100-room hotel just outside parking, WiFi and business center access, laundry of downtown Bardstown. Enjoy modern facilities, a Bright Side Market, and event space. amenities and design with touches of bourbon 74 Creekview Ct, Bardstown, KY 40004 influence. With large size suites, meeting wyndhamhotels.com room options, a swimming pool, gym, and free breakfast, this location is a perfect spot to book for an extended stay in Bardstown! 1070 Morton Ave | Bardstown, KY 40004 One of the oldest cities in Kentucky, Bardstown is marriott.com home to many historical buildings with a chilling

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prisoners as the Nelson County jail until 1987. Spook-seeking visitors can stay in the black and white jail cell, which provides an eerie picture of incarceration in the early days of Nelson County. If staying overnight in a cell doesn’t appeal to you, the former jailhouse provides six other more glamorous rooms for guests. 111 W. Stephen Foster Ave. | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 348-5551 | jailersinn.com

Talbott Inn

This charming 15 room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Bardstown, is located on the courthouse square. Guests are treated to a full breakfast every morning with a variety of room selections. It is located next door to the Old Talbott Tavern, and is walking distance to most of the downtown’s other shops, bars and restaurants. 101 W. Stephen Foster Ave. | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 348-3658 | www.talbottinn.com

ATTRACTIONS Dant Crossing

Dant Crossing is a one-of-a-kind destination to make lasting memories with family and friends. The pastoral campus is anchored by Log Still Distillery, where you can enjoy Monkʼs Road spirits. Enjoy world-class entertainment at their outdoor amphitheater, The Amp. Stay overnight at one of their unique lodging options on-site. Host an unforgettable experience at The Legacy, an 18,000-square-foot wedding and events venue. Enjoy acres of wooded walking trails and a 12-acre fishing lake. More attractions will open soon at Dant Crossing, including a fully functional private train depot and farm-to-table restaurant. 225 Dee Head Rd | New Haven, KY 40051 dantcrossing.com

My Old Kentucky Home State Park

One of the first state parks established in Kentucky, My Old Kentucky Home State Park evokes nostalgia for an old way of life in Kentucky during the 1800s. Visitors will delight in Victorian-era costumes and classic American music presented during


outdoor performances of the Stephen Foster Story. Stephen Foster was the famous American composer who wrote the state’s official ballad, “My Old Kentucky Home.” With an 18-hole golf course, campgrounds and tours of the 292acre estate’s antebellum mansion, families will enjoy non-stop activity at this historic park. 501 E. Stephen Foster Ave. | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 348-3502 | visitmyoldkyhome.com

Bourbon chocolates, you’ll find the items you’re looking for in the Bardstown shopping district. visitbardstown.com

At Mary’s

Located right in the heart of Main Street in Bardstown’s beautiful historic downtown. At Mary’s offers stunning art, curated antiques, personal wedding registries, fabulous silk floral arrangements, and gifts for all occasions. 116 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 | shop-atmarys.com

The Kentucky Railway Museum A family friendly stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, visitors can explore World War II era train car, take a ride on a steam locomotive and explore 70 pieces of historic railway equipment.

Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace

Whether you are looking for the perfect t-shirt to commemorate your Bourbon country visit or you want to load up on Bourbon influenced foods, decor, and more, this is a one stop shop for all your Bourbon country souvenir and gift needs. Pick up a bottle of Bourbon while you’re there! 212 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 kyBourbonmarketplace.com

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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

Located in historic Spalding Hall, the museum houses an extensive collection of the liquor memorabilia of Oscar Getz and other distillers from the 1700s to today. See George Washington’s millstone, a replica of Lincoln’s Tavern in Illinois, Carrie Nation’s hatchet and, new in 2018, the Prohibition Exhibition featuring interactive exhibits, life-size models, and more. 114 N. 5th St | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 348-2999 | whiskeymuseum.com

Making Good Scentz

Offering handcrafted soaps made with vegetable, coconut and olive oils, oatmeal and a variety of herbs and teas, as well as body creams, lotion sticks, sugar scrubs, lip balms, bath bombs, body

sprays and candles that smell like heaven! 123 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 makinggoodscentz.com

Peacock on Third The Peacock tries to recreate three characteristics - a warm, fun and welcoming environment; a well edited collection of clothing that is highend style at an affordable price; and service that is genuine, honest and not pushy. The Peacock focuses on women’s clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and men’s clothing and shoes. 122 N 3rd St, | Bardstown, KY 40004 | (502) 348-2330

Shaq & Coco Stylish furniture, brilliant lighting, and glamourous gifts are just a few products you can find right in the heart of downtown Bardstown. Shaq & CoCo has a pulse on the latest trends. 111 N 3rd St | Bardstown, KY 40004 (502) 349-7768 | shaqandcoco.com •••

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival (September), Arts & Crafts Festival (October), Craft Beer Festival (October), Christmas ‘Round Bardstown (November & December)

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Green River Distilling Company

The Green River Distillery, now restored to its former glory, is flowing with Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a glowing, amber example of Kentucky craftsmanship. It’s a rounder, smoother, higher rye bourbon whiskey blend made with corn grown in the same Kentucky countryside and the same limestone-filtered water that J.W. McCulloch used in his secret recipe, aged at least five years under the same warm Kentucky sun. 10 Distillery Rd | Owensboro, KY 42301 | (270) 691-9001 Greenriverdistilling.com

The Miller House

This historic Sears-Roebuck house was brought back to life in 2008 when it was transformed into a fine southern cuisine restaurant. Each dining room is decorated with a different color and unique art. Be sure to check out Spirits in the basement, home of one of the largest Bourbon bars in the world. 301 E 5th St | Owensboro, KY 42303 themillerhouserestaurant.com | (270) 685-5878

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BBQ Paradise

Three of the top BBQ restaurants in Kentucky are all located in Owensboro! Try some mutton at Moonlite Bar-B-Q. Get you some burgoo at Old Hickory Bar-B-Que. Finish that off with some smoked chicken at Ole South Bar-B-Q.

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Craft fantastic local beer, involve the community, and give Owensboro a one of a kind destination. With a full bar, restaurant, brewery, live music, events, and the best patio in town -- Owensboro Brew Bridge has something for everyone. 800 W 2nd St | Owensboro, KY 42301 Owensborobrewbridge.com | (270) 215-7742

Brasher’s Little Nashville

Brasher’s Little Nashville is a premier music venue that finds itself in the crossroads of one of the largest touring routes for top acts in the country.

We hold monthly ticketed concerts from national touring artists you want to see. There’s always live music! You can expect world class live bands every weekend. Thank Nashville honky tonk located right in downtown Owensboro. 123 W 2nd St | Owensboro, KY 42303 brasherslittlenashville.com | (270) 702-6003

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Home to the only bluegrass music hall of fame, this brand-new facility hosts world-class bluegrass, newgrass and Americana artists every weekend in its 450 seat state-of-the art theater. While you’re there catching a show, check out the hall of fame and the incredible exhibits dedicated to the home of bluegrass music. 311 W 2nd St, Owensboro, KY 42301 bluegrasshall.org | (270) 926-7891

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DISTILLERIES Jim Beam American Outpost

Distillers revere them as innovators and legends, while the casual Bourbon drinker might identify their names with a favored label. But no matter how you refer to the Jim Beam family dynasty, it’s hard to deny their imprint on the history and present-day quality of Kentucky Bourbon. Visitors can engage in that legacy touring the Jim Beam American Outpost, where they’ll take in the wonderful sights and aromas of the Bourbon production

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process – from grain to glass. Continue the experience with a meal at a new addition to the property, The Kitchen Table Restaurant. Locally sourced products make for delicious, original recipes to be enjoyed with family and friends. 526 Happy Hollow Road (502) 215-2295 | beamdistilling.com

Four Roses’ Warehouse & Bottling Known for its meticulously crafted Single Barrel and Small Batch Bourbons, Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg transports its distillate to the far eastern part of Bullitt County for maturation and bottling, where the barrels are aged in single-story warehouses. The result – a mellow Bourbon, with more consistent flavor, body and aroma. Schedule a tour and taste for yourself. 624 Lotus Road, Cox’s Creek, KY (502) 543-2264 | FourrosesBourbon.com

DON’T MISS Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Take time to connect with nature while trekking through 16,000 acres of hiking paths, nurseries, lakes, gardens and preserved land, all part of Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. Just down the road from the Jim Beam American Outpost, Bernheim is Kentucky’s official state arboretum, showcasing the area’s diverse and scenic terrain. Hours are seasonal. 2075 Clermont Road, Clermont, KY (502) 955-8512 | bernheim.org

Cattleman’s Restaurant

Featuring a Jim Beam-themed bar, this popular steakhouse is known for hand-cut steaks that are aged 28 days, then cooked full of tenderness and flavor. Especially bold eaters can order the house special, the 20-ounce sirloin known as “The Sheriff.” 139 Historical Trail | (502) 543-3574 cattlemansroadhouse.com

WINERIES While tasting world-class Bourbon on your Bourbon Country excursion, you can also experience the unexpected excellence of Kentucky-crafted wine. Bullitt County is home to four award-winning wineries – Brooks Hill Winery, Forest Edge Winery, MillaNova Winery, and Wight-Meyer Winery & Vineyards. With panoramic views in a rural setting, each winery offers casual tastings and a relaxing atmosphere for connoisseurs and newbies alike. A trip to all four wineries, as well as the Jim Beam American Outpost and Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling, completes the official “Bullitt County Wine & Whiskey Trail,” earning visitors a uniquely designed commemorative glass. (502) 543-8656 | travelbullitt.org/wineries

LODGING Bullitt County provides a variety of hotel venues for traveling Bourbon tourists, including 15 notable franchise chains. Or embrace the outdoors by pitching a tent or parking your RV or camper at one of two clean and spacious campgrounds. travelbullitt.org

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The B-Line

Northern Kentucky’s complement to the Bourbon Trail, The B-Line is a mixture of distilleries, bars and restaurants considered tastemakers for the region. Download the digital Line Guide and collect stamps to earn free B-Line swag! Look for the symbol for B-Line participants. theBline.com

DISTILLERIES Augusta Distillery

A recent addition to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in 2021, The Augusta Distillery sits on the limestone banks of the small Kentucky

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river town for which it is named. The distillery is currently being renovated, where a fullservice restaurant, event center, gift shop and tasting room are expected to open this fall. augustakydistillery.com

B. Bird Distillery

Forty-five minutes down a scenic highway that winds its way next to the Ohio River, you’ll find Baker-Bird Winery and Distillery in Augusta, Ky. Home to the oldest wine cellar in the U.S. and offer a variety of bourbon barrel aged wines. They also offer several bourbons of their own. The Bourbon Tour at the Distillery focuses on the agricultural side of bourbon making with hands-on information about corn and oak trees. bakerbirdwinerydistillery.com

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in. The company claims that in 1833 the first major distilling operation was launched and by the end of the century, Boone County, KY was home to the largest distillery in the state. Prohibition ended that distillery’s success, but Boone County Distilling Co. is determined to bring back the distilling tradition. Boone County Distilling has just released their first locally made Pot Still and still has some of the best Bourbon Cream in the state. Guests can tour Tuesday through Sunday and sample the brands of Boone County Distilling Co. at the end. 10601 Toebben Drive, Independence, KY 41051 (859) 282-6545 | boonedisitlling.com

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New Riff Distilling

Since the opening of the New Riff Distilling in the spring of 2014, guests have been awed by the modern architecture campus that blends in perfectly amongst its urban setting. Unlike many distilleries which are in remote areas, New Riff’s easy highway access makes it a must-stop for all either entering or leaving Bourbon Country via Interstate 71. A member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, New Riff welcomes visitors to tour their facilities free of charge and enjoy complimentary spirits tastings. The elevated views from their top-floor rooftop terraces have also made it a popular spot for corporate events and weddings. East Newport Distillery (open to public): 24 Distillery Way | Newport, KY | (859) 261-7433 NEW! West Newport Warehouse (appointment only): 1104 Lowell Street Newport KY | (859) 261-7433 newriffdisitlling.com

The Old Pogue Experience at The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

A Bourbon history exhibit sure to take you back in time to the 1791 Whisky Tax Act Rebellion; the heyday of bourbon making. 215 Sutton Street | Maysville, KY 41056 (606) 564-5865 | www.kygmc.org

Second Sight Spirits

Second Sight Spirits began operations in 2015, in historic Ludlow, Ky., and was officially named a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® in the fall of 2019. Originally producing incredible spiced rum, this distillery expanded their brand to debut a great Kentucky Bourbon, Oak Eye, which is technically the first released bourbon in NKY since Prohibition. This craft distillery is great fun and features a unique fortune telling pot still that is sure to amaze. 301b Elm St | Ludlow, KY 41016 secondsightspirits.com

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daily tours, a history to remember and samples during every tour, the distillery is a can’t miss. 4360 KY-1130 | Sparta, KY 41086 facebook.com/neeleyfamilydistillery

The Pogue name can be traced to the early years of Bourbon, back to 1876. That is when the original Pogue family-owned distillery was erected along the Ohio River in Maysville, KY close to an area where some historians believe the Bourbon industry was actually born. Today, the tradition of the Pogue family making whiskey can be seen again in Maysville, as fifth and sixth generation Pogues are distilling some of the family’s original recipes on a plot of land that used to be part of the original distillery. Visitors can sample Pogue’s awardwinning Bourbon and rye whiskies during a tour on Thursday through Sunday. 716 W. 2nd St, Maysville, KY 41056 | oldpogue.com

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traditional but easy drinking beer. 10 beers are featured in the tap room, which include their standard brand varieties to go along with seasonal and limited barrel-aged beers. Wooden Cask beers range from everything to Scottish type ales, IPAs and also American wheat ales that you can try in a pint or a beer flight. The taproom is also a showroom for how reclaimed lumber can be used for décor. 629 York St, Newport, KY 41071 | (859) 261-2172 woodencask.com

DRINK Bourbon Haus 1841

In the heart of Covington’s Mainstasse Village and the center of Bourbon in NKY, is Bourbon Haus 1841. This charter member of The B-Line showcases a wide selection of Bourbon, ryes and American Whiskeys along with delightful flights and strong Bourbon knowledge. 522 Main St | Covington, KY 41011 (859) 888-7038 | Bourbonhaus1841.com

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In the heart of the downtown Covington Madison district, you will find a darling gem of a cocktail bar. The Globe offers a wide array of Kentucky and regional craft beers and spirits. Local, legacy, libations - that’s their thing. 12 East Fifth Street Covington, Kentucky 41011 theglobecov.com

Smoke Justis

This “urban sports bar” named after Walter “Smoke” Justis who was the opening day pitcher for the short lived 1913 Covington Blue Sox has all the character of its historic building and specializes in smoked meats, craft beers and bourbon. The newest addition to this unique gathering spot in Covington Kentucky is a bourbon lounge featuring more than 500 bourbons. Smoke Justis is located just a block and a bridge from the Banks in the Roebling Point District. smokejustis.com

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Newberry Bros. Coffee & Prohibition Bourbon Bar

Don’t let the name fool you. Start your weekend off (Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, and on the third Sunday of the month) at Newberry Bros. Café & Bistro in Newport with a house-made croissant and cup of freshly roasted organic coffee, and stay for what owner Peter Newberry claims is one of the largest selections of Bourbon anywhere with more than 1,000 varieties. Newberry Bros. even has a package license, so why not take home a coveted bottle of Bourbon while you’re there? Afterwards, take a stroll in the surrounding historic Mansion Hill neighborhood for exquisite examples of Queen Anne Victorian Architecture. 530 Washington Ave., Newport, KY (859) 261-9463 | newberrybroscoffee.com

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Wiseguy Lounge

Enter Wiseguy Lounge in the Mainstrasse area of Covington with its hidden patio and you feel as if you’ve found your own secret Bourbon society. In fact, if you sample 100 of the more than 500 Bourbons in the Wiseguys collection, you’ll become part of their Connoisseur’s Club. You’ll get your name on a plaque, but not a barstool. The 13 original club members already have those spoken for. However, feel free to sit on them; you won’t be kicked off should said member show up. And if you become hungry while sitting in said barstool, there is an awardwinning pizzeria located in the bottom floor. 603 Main St, Covington, KY | (859) 9165209 goodfellaspizzeria.com

EAT The Beehive Tavern Rich’s Proper is a bar and eatery located in the Covington business district directly across from Hotel Covington. Owner & Master Mixologist Bill Whitlow is an Ole Smoky Moonshine National Champion, two-time winner of the Woodford Manhattan Experience and multi-winner of best Mint Julep in Kentucky. richsproper.com/richs

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar in Mainstrasse features over 400 American whiskeys, and prides itself on being an approachable place where folks can discover, learn about, and enjoy America’s Native Spirit. The bartenders are whiskey experts and have their fingers on the

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Three Spirits Tavern

Only a mile from downtown Cincinnati and blocks from New Riff Distilling, Three Spirits Tavern in Bellevue is in a historic 1880s brick three-story home and features outdoor seating & games in a dog-friendly yard with picnic tables and green space. Three Spirits prides themselves in their house cocktail creations, including the “Funken Old Fashioned” named after a local coal broker who is said to make his presence known in “spirit” from time to time. threespiritstavern.com

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Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, in George Clooney’s hometown is one of the oldest restaurants in the Commonwealth, now revived and revitalized with incredible culinary offerings. With a phenomenal Bourbon selection and the chance to dine of their patio overlooking the river, The Beehive is worth seeing what all the buzz is about. 101 W. Riverside Drive | Augusta, Kentucky 41002 beehiveaugustatavern.com

Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar

Located centrally in Covington’s historic Mainstrasse distric, Bouqet offers its guests an eclectic menu along with an extensive wine and Bourbon list Chef-Owner Stephen Williams changes his menus up seasonally with local produce and farm raised meat. Critics and foodies have taken


Purple Poulet

In historic Newport, Kentucky, prepare to experience amazing Southern culinary delights at the Purple Poulet. South Carolina Low Country cuisine meets New Orleans creole influences along with a heck of a Bourbon selection. The Purple Poulet keeps the Southern influence strong by boasting some of the best Fried Chicken in the South. 846 York Street Newport, KY 41071 (859) 916-5602 | purplepoulet.com

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Home to award-winning fried chicken and some of the best shrimp & grits in the South, a visit to Libby’s Southern Comfort is sure to be an unforgettable dining and bourbon experience. One of Northern Kentucky’s newest spots for southern cuisine and refreshing cocktails, Libby’s is in the heart of Covington Kentucky. This casual bar/ eatery has transformed the historic former home of Dixie Wholesale Grocery into a restored atmosphere with a cool, modern-industrial vibe but all the comforts of home. libbyssoutherncomfort.com

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Revival Vintage Bottle Shop

Just one block away from three B-Line stops, Revival Vintage Spirits and Bottle Shop is in the heart of downtown Covington. Founded by Brad Bonds, a well-known collector and curator of vintage bourbons, Revival offers the history of bourbon in a tasting. You can taste vintage bourbons from every decade going back as much as a hundred years! The friendly bourbon enthusiasts at Revival are happy to help you discover which of their impressive collection you’d like to taste or take home a bottle of. They also have vintage

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Italian and American cuisine along with robust bourbon offerings. The family-friendly restaurant is also known as the site for the infamous toothpick scene in the 1988 Oscarwinning movie, “Rainman,” featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, and yes, you can sit in the same booth the actors did while you enjoy your Eggplant Parmigiana. Pompilios also features a huge outdoor area complete with regulation bocce pitches. 600 Washington Ave., Newport, KY 41071 (859) 581-3065 | pompilios.com

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Wenzel Whiskey

Coming to Covington in 2022, Wenzel Whiskey is unique blending experience anchored in a historic building where guests will be able to pull from many barrels of fine whiskey to blend their own unique expression. 13 Tobacco Alley, Covington, KY 41011 wenzelwhiskey.com

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The building that houses Hotel Covington, is rumored to have been built when a risk-taking businessman cashed in big on a long-shot horse bet in the early 20th century. The 114-room boutique hotel was ranked in 2022 by U.S. News and World Report as the number one hotel in all of Kentucky, and features many regional products such as spirits from New Riff Distilling and beers from Braxton Brewing Co. within its Coppin’s Restaurant. Coming in October 2022, North by Hotel Covington will open to include a new ballroom for up to 500 guests. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, KY (859) 501-1700 | hotelcovington.com


The Pickle Factory Hotel by Neat Suites

A new riff on stays in Northern Kentucky includes the all-new Pickle Factory. The Pickle Factory Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of local eateries, live music, coffee shops, breweries and bars, a food market, many local shops. Built in 1873, the history of this building has been uniquely woven into every detail of the design of each room. At different points in time, it was a soft drink factory, a pickle factory, and one of the first African-American Odd Fellows lodges. picklefactory.guestybookings.com

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Located in the Newport On The Levee area, Aloft offers guests not only brand new rooms and suites, but also the WXYZ Bar that regularly hosts local live music acts. Room service is also available from the world-famous Hofbräuhaus that’s located right across the street. 201 E 3rd St | Newport, KY 41071 (859) 916-5306 | alofthotels.com

ATTRACTIONS BB Riverboats

Enjoy a cruise on either The Belle of Cincinnati or The River Queen, both traditional paddle boats operated by BB Riverboats. There are several different themed cruises to choose from, but most of you will be interested in booking one of the Bourbon inspired voyages. The Fall Bourbon Dinner Cruise goes from Labor Day through Thanksgiving weekend. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY | (859) 261-8500 bbriverboats.com

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Newport Aquarium

No trip to Northern Kentucky is complete without walking through the Newport Aquarium. With thousands of different aquatic species to see up close, the Newport Aquarium offers an array of different experiences including penguin encounters and a 75-foot rope bridge that spans over a 385,000 gallon tank with dozens of sharks. You can also explore the 85 feet of acrylic tunnels that showcase all their sharks including the world’s largest collection of shark rays. Who needs Shark Week? 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY | (859) 261 7444 newportaquarium.com

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in Shelby County to the long-term reforestation plan for the site. Proud members of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, Bulleit hosts classes and tours year-round and live music in the warmer months. 3900 Benson Pike, Shelbyville, KY 40065 (502) 647-5799 | bulleit.com

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When you want to start a family business in Kentucky and you are already in the farming business, distilled spirits are a natural choice. The Nethery family owns and operates this gorgeous grain-to-glass distillery, even growing some of their own Bloody Butcher heirloom corn on their family-owned farm. Jeptha Creed knows that it takes time to do it right, and it shows in everything from the tours to the products released. In fact, in 2021, to celebrate their fifth anniversary, Jeptha Creed released a new, bottled-in-bond rye bourbon. 500 Gordon Lane | Shelbyville, KY 40065 (502) 487-5007 | jepthacreed.com

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

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WINERIES A visit to Talon Winery’s Shelby County location will allow you to sample wine in its unique tasting room featuring a one-of-a-kind barrel ceiling and gift shop filled with eclectic gifts and Kentucky Proud products. Talon Winery in Shelby County offers daily wine tastings, featuring all of Talon’s Kentucky Proud wines including its award-winning Sugar Lips label. 400 Gordon Lane, Shelbyville, KY 40065 (502) 633-6969 | talonwine.com

Smith-Berry Winery

Owners Chuck and Mary Smith have moved on from milking dairy cows and growing tobacco on their farm to transforming their dairy barn into a functional winery in neighboring Henry County, just a short drive from ShelbyKY. Their tasting room offers wine by the glass as well as by the bottle. The Smiths grow their own grapes and then blend them using the latest techniques. Consider taking in the country scenery and having lunch with picturesque views here during your visit to Bourbon Country. 855 Drennon Road | New Castle, KY (502) 845-7091 | smithberrywinery.com

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EAT & DRINK Barrel Room: Old Louisville Brewery

Opened in 2019, this extension of Louisville’s Old Louisville Brewery features ten house taps, ten guest taps, and bourbon and wine lists galore. This community hotspot has frequent activities including trivia nights, and the space is expected to be open to families and dogs as well. 622 Main Street | Shelbyville, KY 40065 oldlouisvillebrewery.com/barrel-room

Bell House

This restaurant sits inside one of Main Street Shelbyville’s historic houses and offers guests a wide-range of refined southern cuisine for lunch and dinner. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with one of their dessert creations by their in-house pastry chef. 721 Main Street | Shelbyville, KY 40065 (502) 437-5678 | bellhouserestaurant.com

Cattleman’s Roadhouse

This down-home steakhouse features handcut meats, plus burgers and other Americanstyle dishes in a casual environment. They’re open for lunch and dinner and also feature half-priced wine on Wednesdays. 221 Breighton Circle | Shelbyville, KY 40065 (502)647-5959 | cattlemansroadhouse.com


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Claudia Sanders Dinner House

After Colonel Harland Sanders sold Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1964, he and his wife Claudia decided to use their combined decades of experience in the restaurant and hospitality business to open the Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Serving up traditional Southern fare including classic fried chicken with all the fixings, and decadent desserts like bourbon glazed bread pudding, there is a lounge featuring an extensive bourbon list upstairs. Closed Mondays. americanrestaurantshelbyville.com | (502) 206-3318 3202 Shelbyville Rd. (U.S. 60) Shelbyville, KY 40065

The Red Lion at Science Hill

The Red Lion at Science Hill is a multi-experience restaurant and specialty cocktail bar located in downtown Shelbyville, KY. Housed in a 200-yearold building on the historic grounds of Science Hill Academy and Wakefield Scearce Galleries, The Red Lion at Science Hill Inn offer fresh, local ingredients with a twist of New American cuisine. Specials range from traditional fare to

ethnic dishes and carefully curated cocktails. 525 Washington Street | Shelbyville, KY 40065 (502) 738-3448 | theredlionatsciencehill.com

charcuterie, coffee, teas, and a full bar. 6905 Shelbyville Road | Simpsonville, KY 40067 (502) 437-2141 | littlemountlavender.com

The Paddock Coffee, Eats & Gatherings

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This inviting and relaxing place to enjoy great coffee, homemade treats, and feelgood gatherings. Connect with friends and family while you enjoy a hot cup of coffee, brewed with the top 5% of highest quality beans, and one of their homemade baked goods, energy bites, or lunch specials. 700 Main Street | Shelbyville, KY 40065 (502) 321-1778 | paddockcoffee.com

Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

Featuring staples including Nike, Coach, Under Armour, The North Face, and more, Kentucky’s only designer outlet mall will provide you with a shopping break from your distillery tourism. 1155 Buck Creek Road | Simpsonville, KY 40067 theoutletshoppesofthebluegrass.com

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The Polkadotted Pineapple

An upscale boutique shop, The Polkadotted Pineapple offers new and unique designer and name brand fashions at very affordable prices! Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind derby hats ready to wear or customized to fit your needs. 536 Main Street | Shelbyville, KY 40065 (502) 437-0418 | thepolkadottedpineapple.com

Little Mount Lavender Company

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This HGTV-featured, swanky loft has so many WOW factors your eyes will be dancing! Enter the setting through the vintage revolving door or conveniently on the elevator and arrive on the scene of this character-packed accommodation. The owners have transformed this late 1800s space from what was once a clothing factory into what looks like a scene from a James Bond movie. You’ll enjoy features from its former glory such as original trusses, exposed brick and hardwood floors. And the updated details will blow your mind. visitshelbyky.com/listing/bottled-in-bond/2950/

Hampton Inn Simpsonville

ShelbyKY’s newest familiar brand name hotel, Hampton Inn in Simpsonville is conveniently located across the highway from the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and is less than a minute from the interstate. visitshelbyky.com/listing/hampton-inn/2199/

Saddlebred Suites Airbnb

Saddlebred Suites offers an upscale loft boutique hotel experience in historic Shelbyville. It is perfect for a weekend trip, wedding celebration, romantic getaway or an ideal overnight stay for the curious traveler. There are a total of four separate suites offer guests the option of two-bedroom units or cozy studio spaces with incredible views of downtown Shelbyville and plenty of room to relax, celebrate and make memories. visitshelbyky.com/listing/saddlebred-suites/2020/

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Little Mount Lavender Company offers organically grown and locally sourced products, including many sourced from Kentucky’s largest lavender farm. The boutique features unique gifts from local artisans, including pottery, artwork, and housewares. They have every lavender product you could dream of, from soaps and bath bombs to candles and oils. And, while you’re there, stop by the Little Mount Bakery for delicious baked goods,

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Whether you are looking for bourbon-themed gifts or unique clothing and jewelry, EightTwenty8 is a great place to find that memento of your Bourbon Trail adventure. Closed Sunday and Monday. 610 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065 eighttwenty8boutique.com


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DISTILLERIES Buffalo Trace Distillery

This National Historic Landmark is also the world’s most awarded distillery. Tours are offered free of charge, including the Hard Hat Tour and the E.H. Taylor Tour, which takes visitors into the world-renowned Bourbon Pompeii archaeological exhibit of Colonel Taylor’s original

distillery, built in the late 1800s and covered over with concrete in the 1950s. Grab a sandwich at the Firehouse Sandwich Stop after your tour! 113 Great Buffalo Trace | Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 696-5926 | buffalotracedistillery.com

Castle and Key

Once forgotten and left to be reclaimed by the Earth, this beautiful distillery has a limestone castle as its centerpiece. Stop by and admire Colonel E.H. Taylor’s masterpiece. Be sure to stay for a cocktail from Bar 17 and visit the gift shop. 4445 McCracken Pike | Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 395-9070 | castleandkey.com

Glenn’s Creek Distilling

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This revival of the former Old Crow Distillery uses a wild yeast captured from the fermentation tanks of the once-shuttered distillery. It’s a unique experience, the same people who build our equipment, cook our mash, and distill our products will share all they do at Glenns Creek Distilling. glennscreekdistillery.com 3501 McCracken Pike Frankfort, KY 40601 859-552-3296

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Three Boys Farm Distillery This part farm, part event venue, and part distillery is cigar friendly and gives visitors a glimpse into the practicalities of a farm distillery. Tour the still house, sampling up to five Bourbons and/or Whiskeys straight from the barrel, with the opportunity to ‘fill your own bottle.’ threeboysfarmdistillery.com 283 Crab Orchard Rd Frankfort, KY 40601 | (504) 512-2564

BREWERIES & WINERIES Prodigy Winery

Visit the tasting room to sample their wines & stay for appetizers at the on-site restaurant, featuring Ky Proud products. 4686 Versailles Rd. | Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 352-9400 | prodigyvineyards.com

West Sixth Farm

This farm, operated by West Sixth Brewery, features mixed-use trails for hiking, mountain biking, and more. Open seasonally, take a tour of the orchard where cider fruit and berries are grown, the hops garden, the chicken coop, fishing pond, and more. Look for special events, food trucks, and, of course, beer! 4495 Shadrick Ferry Rd. | Frankfort, KY 40601 (859) 705-0914 | westsixth.com/westsixthfarm

Goodwood Brewery

Featuring bourbon barrel aged beers, and a long list of rotating drafts from our talented brewers including favorites such as our honey ale, blackberry sour and hazy ipa. A full bar is available including craft cocktails that feature popular Kentucky spirits such as Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve and Wheatley Vodka. The kitchen provides southern staples like Chicken and Waffles. 109 W Main St. | Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 871-5070 | goodwoodbrewing.com

Sig Luscher Brewery

With historically good beer, this revival of an 1866 brand by the original founder’s great grandson is a must see stop. Enjoy their cooked to order Bratz, dogs, bagel stick and selection of beers. 221 Mero St | Frankfort, KY 40601 sigluscherbrewery.com | (502) 699-2414

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DANVILLE, KY Come enjoy a historically distilled experience

DISTILLERIES Wilderness Trail

The co-owners blend tradition with science to handcraft their bourbon and rye whiskey with a sweet mash process. Founded in 2012, Wilderness Trail now is the 14th largest bourbon distillery in the country. Tours and tastings are offered Tuesday-Saturday. 4095 Lebanon Road, Danville, KY 40422 (859) 402-8707 | wildernesstraildistillery.com

Blue Rook Distillery

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Two families: one from Kentucky, one from Brazil, came together to combine two long-revered distilling cultures. The result? An awardwinning line of 100% Brazilian P ERRY V I L LE BA sugarcane spirits that is a cross-cultural phenomenon you’ll have to taste to believe. Enjoy them at The Still at Blue Rook Distillery. 522 Techwood Dr., Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2136 | thestillky.com

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Gypsy Run Brewery

Danville/Boyle County has a diverse variety of lodging options, including six franchise hotels, traditional bed and breakfasts, as well as a number of online rentals. Find out more at danvillekentucky.com.

Complement your bourbon experience with a pint of Jurassic Amber, Black Phillip Stout or one of the ever-changing selections of craft beers at downtown’s Gypsy Run Brewery. Along with live music and open mic nights, they also have trivia nights with food trucks and other special events. 131 N. 4th St., Danville, KY, 40422 (606) 305-2576 | gypsyrunbrewery.com

EAT, DRINKS, SHOPPING Danville has a number of great local restaurants/bars that can create a delicious cocktail using Wilderness Trail or your other favorite bourbon. From there, browse the numerous local boutiques offering everything from gourmet teas and vintage items to stylish clothing and regional art. Complete local restaurant and shopping options can be found at danvillekentucky.com.

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anville’s “Historically Bold” slogan represents many things including its distinction as Kentucky’s founding city, highlighted downtown at Constitution Square where you can walk in the founders’ footsteps. Add in the Perryville Battlefield, outdoor dinner theatre at Pioneer Playhouse, the Great American Dollhouse Museum and the historic preservation that is part of the bourbon produced at Wilderness Trail Distillery and you’ll see why there is lots of great history here for you to experience.

ATTRACTIONS When you aren’t touring a rick house or sampling a wheated whiskey, you can find numerous other fun activities at places like: Pioneer Playhouse, Great American Dollhouse Museum, Constitution Square, Ephraim McDowell House Museum and Apothecary, Art Center of the Bluegrass, Norton Center for the Arts and more. Learn about these and other attractions at danvillekentucky.com.

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DISTILLERY PROFILES BOURBON DISTILLERIES ACROSS THE BLUEGRASS STATE


AUGUSTA

INDEPENDENCE(NKY)

BARDSTOWN

LAWRENCEBURG

Baker-Bird Winery / B.Bird Distillery

Bardstown Bourbon Company Barton 1792 Distillery (no tours) Four Roses Warehouse and Bottling Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience Log Still Distillery/Dant Crossing Lux Row Distillers Old Steelhouse Distillery Preservation Distillery Willett Distillery

Boone County Distilling

NEWPORT(NKY)

LEBANON

OWENSBORO

Limestone Branch Distillery

LEXINGTON

Wilderness Trail Distillery

ELIZABETHTOWN

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Boundary Oak Distillery

Maker’s Mark Distillery

FRANKFORT

LOUISVILLE

Buffalo Trace Distillery Castle and Key Distillery Glenns Creek Distillery Three Boys Farm Distillery

FRANKLIN-SIMPSON Dueling Grounds Distillery

GRAHAM The Bard Distillery

HOPKINSVILLE Casey Jones Distillery

The Old Pogue Distillery The Old Pogue Experience at The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

Four Roses Distillery Wild Turkey Distillery

Barrel House Distilling Co. Bluegrass Distillers James E. Pepper Distillery Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

DANVILLE

MAYSVILLE(NKY)

New Riff Distilling

Green River Distilling Co.

PADUCAH

Silent Brigade Distillery

PARIS

Hartfield and Co

PEMBROKE MB Roland Distillery

Angel’s Envy Distillery Brough Brothers Distillery Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Kentucky Artisan Distillery Kentucky Peerless Distiling Company Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery Old Forester Distilling Co. Prohibition Craft Spirits Bar & Tours Rabbit Hole Distillery Stitzel-Weller Distillery

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LUDLOW(NKY)

SPARTA(NKY)

Second Sight Spirits

Dueling Barrels Brewing and Distillery

SHELBYVILLE Jeptha Creed Distillery Bulleit Distilling Co

SHEPHERDSVILLE James B. Beam Distilling Co.

Neeley Family Distillery

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KENTUCKY DISTILLERIES AUGUSTA BARDSTOWN

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Baker-Bird Winery / B.Bird Distillery

4465 Augusta/Chatham Road Augusta, KY 41002

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Bardstown Bourbon Company

1500 Parkway Drive Bardstown, KY 40004

bardstownbourbon.com (502) 233-4769

@bardstownbourbonco

Barton 1792 Distillery *no tours*

402 Cathedral Manor Bardstown, KY 40004

1792distillery.com (866) 239-4690

@barton1792 @barton1792

Four Roses Warehouse and Bottling

624 Lotus Road Coxs Creek, KY 40013

fourrosesbourbon.com (502) 543-2264

@fourrosesbourbon @4RosesBourbon

Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience

1311 Gilkey Run Road Bardstown, KY 40004

heavenhilldistillery.com (502) 337-1000

@heavenhilldistillery @HeavenHill1935

Log Still Distillery

225 Dee Head Road Gethsemane, KY 40051

logstilldistillery.com (502) 917-0700

@logstilldistillery @Log_Still

Lux Row Distillers

3050 E. John Rowan Blvd. Bardstown, KY 40004

luxrowdistillers.com (502) 337-7420

@luxrowdistillers

Old Steelhouse Distillery

1010 Deatsville Rd, Coxs Creek, KY 40013

Oldsteelhouse.com (502) 553-3095

@oldsteelhouse

Preservation Distillery

426 Sutherland Road Bardstown, KY

preservationdistillery.com (502) 348-7779

@preservation_distillery @preservtndistil

Willett Distillery

1869 Loretto Road Bardstown, KY 40004

kentuckybourbonwhiskey.com (502) 501-9699

@willettdistillery @WillettWhiskey

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Wilderness Trail Distillery

4095 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422

ELIZABETHTOWN DISTILLERY FRANKFORT

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GRAHAM

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CONTACT wildernesstraildistillery.com (859) 402-8707

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SOCIAL MEDIA @wildernesstraildistillery @wtdistillery

2000 Boundary Oak Dr. Radcliff, KY 40160

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Buffalo Trace Distillery

113 Great Buffalo Trace Frankfort, KY 40601

buffalotracedistillery.com (800) 654-8471

@buffalotracedistillery

Castle and Key Distillery

4445 McCracken Pike Frankfort, KY 40601

castleandkey.com (502) 395-9070

@castleandkey @castleandkey

Glenns Creek Distillery

3501 McCracken Pike Frankfort, KY 40601

glennscreekdistillery.com (859) 552-3296

@glennscreekdistilling

Three Boys Farm Distillery

283 Crab Orchard Rd. Frankfort, KY 40601

threeboysfarmdistillery.com (502) 552-1001

@threeboysfarmdistillery

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Dueling Grounds Distillery

208 Harding Road Franklin, KY 42134

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The Bard Distillery

5080 Ky-175 South Graham, KY 42344

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Casey Jones Distillery

2815 Witty Lane Hopkinsville, KY 42240

LAWRENCEBURG DISTILLERY

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bakerbirdwinerydistillery.com (859) 620-4965

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Boone County Distilling

LEXINGTON

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Boundary Oak Distillery

INDEPENDENCE DISTILLERY

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CONTACT duelinggroundsdistillery.com (270) 776-9046

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CONTACT thebarddistillery.com (270) 338-6543

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CONTACT caseyjonesdistillery.com (270) 839-9987

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10601 Toebben Drive Independence, KY 41051

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boundaryoakdistillery.com (270) 351-2013

CONTACT boonedistilling.com (859) 282-6545

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@boundaryoakdistillery @boundary_oak

SOCIAL MEDIA @duelinggroundsdistillery

SOCIAL MEDIA @thebarddistillery @barddistillery

SOCIAL MEDIA @caseyjonesdistillery @CaseysCut

SOCIAL MEDIA @madebyghosts @madebyghosts

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Four Roses Distillery

1224 Bonds Mill Road Lawrenceburg, KY 40342

fourrosesbourbon.com (502) 839-3436

@fourrosesbourbon @4RosesBourbon

Wild Turkey

1417 Bonds Mill Road Lawrenceburg, KY 40342

wildturkeybourbon.com (502) 839-2182

@wildturkey @wildturkey

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Limestone Branch Distillery

1280 Veterans Memorial Hwy. Lebanon, KY 40033

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Barrel House Distillery

1200 Manchester St. Lexington, KY 40504

barrelhousedistillery.com (859) 259-0159

@barrelhousedistillingco

Bluegrass Distillers

501 W. 6th St., #165 Lexington, KY 40508

bluegrassdistillers.com (859) 217-2377

@bluegrassdistillers

James E. Pepper Distillery (Old Pepper Distillery)

1228 Manchester St. Lexington, KY 40504

jamesepepper.com (859) 309-3230

@pepperdistillery @JamesEPepper

Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.

401 Cross Street Lexington, KY 40508

lexingtonbrewingco.com (859) 255-2337

@LexingtonBrewingCo @LexBrewingCo

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CONTACT limestonebranch.com (270) 699-9004

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SOCIAL MEDIA @limestonebranch

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KENTUCKY DISTILLERIES LORETTO

DISTILLERY Maker’s Mark Distillery

LOUISVILLE

LUDLOW MAYSVILLE

NEWPORT

OWENSBORO

PADUCAH

PARIS

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PIKEVILLE

SHELBYVILLE

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3350 Burks Spring Road Loretto, KY 40037

@makersmark @makersmark

Angel’s Envy Distillery

500 E. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202

angelsenvy.com (502) 890-6300

@angelsenvy @Angels_Envy

Brough Brothers Distillery

1460 Dixie Highway Louisville, KY 40210

broughbrothers.com

@BroughBrothers @broughbrothers

Copper & Kings American Brandy

1121 E. Washington St. Louisville, KY 40206

Copper & Kings.com (502) 561-0267

@copperandkings @CopperAndKings

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

528 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202

evanwilliams.com (502) 272-2623

@evanwilliamsbourbon

Kentucky Artisan Distillery

6230 Old LaGrange Road Louisville, KY 40202

kentuckyartisandistillery.com (502) 822-3042

@kyartisandistillery @KentuckyArtisan

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company

120 N. 10th St. Louisville, KY 40202

kentuckypeerless.com (502) 566-4999

@kentuckypeerless @kypeerless

Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery

801 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

michters.com (502) 389-4290

@michterswhiskey @michterswhiskey

Old Forester Distilling Co.

119 W. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202

oldforester.com (502) 779-2222

@oldforester @oldforester

Prohibition Craft Spirits Bar & Tours

436 Baxter Ave. Louisville, KY 40204

prohibitioncraftspirits.com (866) 718-9320

@prohibitioncraft

Rabbit Hole Distillery

711 E. Jefferson St. Louisville, KY 40202

rabbitholedistillery.com (502) 561-2000

@rabbithole @rabbitholeky

Stitzel-Weller Distillery

3860 Fitzgerald Rd. Louisville, KY 40216

@stitzelwellerdistillery

DISTILLERY

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bulleit.com/visit-us/stitzelweller-distillery (502) 810-3800

Second Sight Spirits

301 Elm Street Ludlow, KY 41016

DISTILLERY The Old Pogue Distillery The Old Pogue Experience at the KY Gateway Museum DISTILLERY

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715 Germantown Road Maysville, KY 41056 215 Sutton Street Maysville, KY 41056

LOCATION

COCKTAILS

CONTACT

secondsightspirts.com (859) 488-7866

COCKTAILS

CONTACT oldpogue.com

COCKTAILS

kygmc.org (606) 564-5865

CONTACT

@2ndsightspirits @2ndSightSpirits

SOCIAL MEDIA @oldpogbrbn @oldpogbrbn

SOCIAL MEDIA

24 Distillery Way Newport, KY 41073

DISTILLERY

LOCATION

Green River Distilling Co

10 Distillery Road Owensboro, KY 42301

DISTILLERY

LOCATION

Silent Brigade Distillery

426 Broadway St. Paducah, KY 42001

DISTILLERY

LOCATION

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CONTACT

SOCIAL MEDIA

LOCATION

COCKTAILS

CONTACT

SOCIAL MEDIA

DISTILLERY

320 Pleasant St. Paris, KY 40361

M B Roland Distillery

137 Barkers Mill Road Pembroke, KY 42266

DISTILLERY

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Dueling Barrels Brewing & Distilling

745 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501

DISTILLERY

LOCATION

Bulleit Distilling Co.

3900 Benson Pike Shelbyville, KY

newriffdistilling.com (859) 261-7433

SOCIAL MEDIA

New Riff Distilling

Hartfield and Co. PEMBROKE

LOCATION

COCKTAILS

CONTACT greenriverdistilling.com (270) 240-0060 • (270) 691-9001

COCKTAILS

CONTACT silentbrigadedistillery.com (270) 709-3242 artfieldandcompany.com (859) 559-3494 mbroland.com (270) 640-7744

COCKTAILS

CONTACT duelingbarrels.com (606) 766-3835

COCKTAILS

CONTACT

@newriff @newRiff

SOCIAL MEDIA @greenriverdistillingco

SOCIAL MEDIA @silentbrigade @hartfieldandco @hartfieldandco @mbrolanddistillery @MBRDISTILLERY

SOCIAL MEDIA @duelingbarrels @duelingbarrels

SOCIAL MEDIA

bulleit.com (502) 647-5799

@bulleit

Jeptha Creed Distillery

500 Gordon Lane Shelbyville, KY 40065

jepthacreed.com (502) 487-5007

@jepthacreed @jepthacreed

Jim Beam American Stillhouse

568 Happy Hollow Road Clermont, KY 40110

jimbeam.com (502) 543-9877

@jimbeamofficial @jimbeam

DISTILLERY

LOCATION

Neeley Family Distillery

4360 KY-1130 Sparta, KY 41086

DISTILLERY

LOCATION

Woodford Reserve

7755 McCracken Pike Versalles, KY 40383

SHEPHERDSVILLE

SPARTA

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COCKTAILS

CONTACT neeleyfamilydistillery.com (859) 394-3258

COCKTAILS

weather permitting

CONTACT woodfordreserve.com (859) 879-1812

SOCIAL MEDIA @neeleyfamilydistillery

SOCIAL MEDIA @woodfordreserve @woodfordreserve

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