Bourbon Distilleries Return to Main Street
After a long dry spell, bourbon distilling has returned to downtown Louisville with new distillery projects completed and also in the works. Until the 1920s, a portion of Main Street was known as “Whiskey Row,” with as many as 50 distilleries operating along downtown’s colorful main thoroughfare.
Angel’s Share Brands, and Michter’s Distillery are in the process of renovating historic buildings long Whiskey Row. Angel's Envy has announced plans for completion and tours in the fall of 2016.
The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is now open and offer tours of their facilities along Main Street in the city’s core tourism district. The facility celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams, namesake of Heaven Hill’s flagship brand, who set up one of Louisville’s first distilleries nearby in 1783. The Louisville facility is a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. For more information, http://evanwilliams.com/visit.php
Angel Envy’s planned $12 million distillery on East Main Street will redevelop a portion of a 19th century manufacturing building known as the old Vermont American Complex. The new distillery for Angel’s Envy bourbon will include a column still, a bottling line, grain handling equipment and barrel storage areas. The distillery also will be designed to make a unique and attractive experience for public tours. For more information, visit www.angelsenvy.com
Michter’s Distillery is renovating the historic and architecturally significant Fort Nelson Building on West Main Street to house a new distillery. The plant, located across Main Street from the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, will offer tours and tastings when it opens later this year. www.michters.com
You can sample a wide range of bourbon drinks at any of the 35 restaurants and bars on Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail. Many of the establishments, which all serve at least 50 brands of bourbon, are located downtown.www.bourboncountry.com
Louisville’s Main Street tourism district also includes such well-known attractions as the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Muhammad Ali Museum and Glassworks glass-blowing complex, all within walking distance. Other entertainment options along Main Street include the Kentucky Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the KFC Yum! Center.