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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 Jim Beam American Stillhouse
Region Clermont, KY
Come visit the all new Jim Beam American Stillhouse - Home of the the World's #1 selling Bourbon. Get a behind-the-scenes look at all things Jim Beam. See every facet of the b...
Jim Beam Brands Company
Region Clermont, KY
Home of the World''s #1 selling Bourbon.  All new American Stillhouse that lets you experience the true spirit of the bourbon making process. Come as a friend, Leave as family...
Kentucky Cooperage
Region Lebanon, KY
Independent Stave Company is a family-owned, dynamic, global company reaching customers in over 40 countries and cooperages around the world. Every day, millions of people enj...
Kentucky Wine & Bourbon Tours - www.kwbtours.com
Region Danville, KY
Providing safe and comfortable tours to Kentucky's great wineries and famous distillers in the Bluegrass Region in a 20 passenger mini tour bus. Our tour are all inclusive whi...
MoonPie marries MoonShine in Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana
Region Lebanon, KY
There’s a new stop on the tasting route of Kentucky distilleries. It’s a small, family-owned and operated distillery called Limestone Branch. While most of the dis...
Region Loretto, KY
Come visit our distillery, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest operating on its original site.  See where we have been making bourbon and hand dipping our bottles...
MB Roland Distillery
Pembroke, KY
We are an authentic Kentucky craft distillery, creating our spirits from grain to bottle. Our products range from our unique "Still & Barrel Proof" Kentucky Bourbon produc...
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