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Bourbon Country

Follow a Bourbon Trail to see and taste it all

The Scots have their Scotch. Italians, their wine. Russians, their Vodka. In America, we’ve got our Bourbon. Known as “America’s Native Spirit,” it’s the only alcohol that is a distinctive product of the United States.

In Kentucky, we take pride in that, especially considering 95 percent of this corn-based, caramel colored sipping icon is distilled, aged and bottled right here in the state’s Bourbon Country. It’s big business for the Bluegrass State. But more than industry, Bourbon is a culture, a history and heritage built by generations of Kentuckians from as early as the late 18th century.

Today, you too can experience the culture of Kentucky Bourbon Country – hit the high points on a self-guided bourbon trail or just stop by your favorite distillery for a tour.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Take the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail through the heart of bourbon country and stop in on eight of the state’s distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and Woodford Reserve. The Kentucky Bourbon trail allows you to tour Bourbon Country and experience the bourbon making process, view the facilities,  amazingly beautiful surrounding landscapes, and stick around for an after-tour bourbon tasting.

Urban Bourbon Trail

Headed back to the city? Once you’re done with your tour of bourbon country, the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville – a bourbon town if there ever was one – should be your next stop. The trail consists of “the world’s best bourbon bars,” all of which must serve at least 50 different kinds of Bourbon and hold at least one Bourbon-related event each month. Many even specialize in bourbon-related food dishes.

Other Bourbon Distilleries

Other Kentucky bourbon distilleries are also located in Bourbon Country.  Distilleries such as Buffalo Trace and Barton 1792 Distillery are definitely worth visiting, and offer exciting tours and free tastings.

Use the search below to explore and find more information about bourbon in Kentucky, bourbon tour experiences and additional attractions and events.

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Region Bardstown, KY
Tour a fully operating distillery in Bardstown. All ages welcome.
We can accomodate any size group!
Region Lexington, KY
Blue Grass Tours & Charters in Central Kentucky's oldest tour and travel company.  The extensive fleet includes 55 and 47 passenger motorcoaches, executive custom coa...
Freddie
Region Frankfort, KY
In Kentucky, buffalo carved a pathway that was followed by America's early pioneers. On the spot where the buffalo migration route crossed the Kentucky River, we've been makin...
The Beer of Bourbon Country!
Region Lexington, KY
At Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company — better known as Kentucky Ale® — in downtown Lexington, we have been brewing award-winning beers s...
Barrel House Distilling Company
Region Lexington, KY
Barrel House Distilling Company is a craft distillery located on the site of the old James E. Pepper Distillery in historic Lexington, Kentucky.  Currently four...
Bulleit Frontier Whiskey
Region Louisville, KY
EXPERIENCE the PAST, CELEBRATE the FUTURE Originally opened on Derby Day in 1935 and reopened to the public in 2014, the Stitzel-Weller Distillery is one of the true cathed...
Stitzel-Weller Distillery
Region Louisville, KY
Originally opened in 1935, the Stitzel-Weller Distillery is one of the true cathedrals of American whiskey. It is a historic home to many of the industry's iconic brands, inno...
Tasting Room and Tour Waiting Area inside Corsair Distillery in downtown Bowling Green.
Region Bowling Green, KY
An independent craft distillery handcrafting small batches of spirits and whiskey using classic pot stills. Part of the Kentucky Craft Bourbon Trail, relax in Corsair's ne...
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
Region Louisville, KY
 Located on Louisville's historic "Whiskey Row", an artisanal distillery, featuring tours and tastings. An immersive tourism experience and retail location celebrating th...
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