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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,” bourbon whiskey is 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 smooth-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 and sample the best Kentucky bourbon 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 after-tour tastings of the best Kentucky bourbon.

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 of these bars and local restaurants 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 of fine bourbons.

In addition to the major distilleries, small batch craft distilleries are making a splash throughout the Commonwealth.  See what they have to offer as you visit some of the stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Distillery Tour



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Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
Discover Western Kentucky's moonshine legacy as you tour antique and working whiskey stills. Sample local flavors including Quilter's Special (peach), Sweet Apple Shine, Lemon...
Western Wetlands Hardin, KY
Craft Distillery  LBL Moonshine All tours begin at the LBL Moonshine Museum in Aurora, KY. The museum can be toured at no cost.  Distillery tour tickets are $7...
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Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail now runs through Lexington because of its only craft member, Town Branch® Bourbon. One of bourbon’s most distinctive qualitie...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Centered around Louisville the Urban Bourbon Trail is over 20 establishments. Hotels, bars and restaurants, each offering an unique Bourbon experience whether it be a Bourbon ...
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Wilderness Trail Distillery is the oldest legal distillery in historic Danville, Kentucky. We are a premium craft distillery that produces 100% of our high quality spirits,...
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the hour; Sun. 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. hourly on the half hour (March-December).  Gift Shop/Visitor Center hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 ...
Bourbon, Horses & History Frankfort, KY
Experience firsthand the history of wine and bourbon on a trip through the rolling Bluegrass. Visit sites in Frankfort, Lawrenceburg and Midway to learn how these two beverag...
Bourbon, Horses & History Versailles, KY
The Woodford Reserve Distillery is a National Historic Landmark that was originally established on the banks of Glenn's Creek in 1812. Amidst some of Kentucky's most famous th...
Bourbon, Horses & History 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...
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