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Issue 85 - Heading off the trail

Whisky Magazine Issue 85
January 2010


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Heading off the trail

Charles K. Cowdery looks at 25 additions to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to help give you a bigger whiskey picture.

The official Kentucky Bourbon Trail consists of the eight Kentucky whiskey distilleries that are open to the public. Those are highlights for any whiskey enthusiast, to be sure, but there is plenty more to see. Here are 25 suggestions.

Many of the places on this list are not open to the public. You can see a lot from the public highway but, please, no trespassing.

Louisville Area 1The Brown-Forman corporate headquarters complex is just west of downtown on Dixie Highway, south of Broadway.

Brown-Forman owns Jack Daniel's, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester and Early Times. The complex consists of offices, meeting rooms, labs, bottling and distribution. The company has been at this location for most of its 140 years.

2The distillery just east of Brown-Forman is Heaven Hill's Bernheim. Those silo-looking structures are their 128,000 gallon fermenters, the largest in the industry. The brick aging warehouses and other nearby buildings are from the 1930s. Diageo built the distillery in 1992 on the site of the 19th century Belmont and Astor distilleries. Heaven Hill bought it all in 1999.

3The Brown Forman Distillery is a few miles south, also on Dixie Highway in the suburb of Shively. It is hard to see anything there because it is at the end of a private drive. In addition to the distillery there are several masonry warehouses.

4From Dixie Highway take Ralph Avenue over to Fitzgerald Road to see the old Stitzel-Weller (aka Old Fitzgerald) Distillery. The distillery has been sile...

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