Wilkinson Boulevars, Frankfort Buffalo Trace lies just to the north of Frankfort and is a sprawling and old distillery in rolling hills with a history stretching back to the earliest of times for bourbon. The name today is relatively new. A tour here will take you in to the old ageing warehouses and show you the single barrel production methods. There is a gift shop on site.
www.buffalotrace.com email@example.com (502) 696-5926 Four Roses
1224 Bonds Mill Road, Lawrenceburg Four Roses is a stylish and grandiose smaller distillery that only opened his visitor centre a couple of years back. A tour here will give you an insight in to how one plant can produce 10 different styles of bourbon. Tastings and a gift shop are available.
www.fourroses.us firstname.lastname@example.org (502) 8393436 Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Centre
1311 Gilkey Run Road, Bardstown Close to the historic whiskey town of Bardstown, Heaven Hill can be spotted some way off by the huge warehouses that break the skyline. On the site is a recently-opened Bourbon Heritage centre that is a guide to the process of making whiskey.
Modern and interactive and with its own dedicated tasting room, this brings the bourbon story into the 21st century with a bang. A must.
www.bourbonheritagecenter.com email@example.com Jim Beam American Outpost
149 Happy Hollow Road, Clemont Jim Beam is the world’s biggest bourbon and it is made on two primary sites. But that doesn’t stop it being able to offer the visitor a personal experience. Set in stylish grounds, the visitor distillery is about 25 miles south of Louisville on the route to Bardstown. The tour here starts with a film in the Outpost Theatre and includes a contribution about the legendary Booker Noe. The tour shows how even a big distillery can turn its hand to Beam’s impressive small batch range, which includes Booker’s, Baker’s and Knob Creek.
www.jimbeam.com firstname.lastname@example.org (502) 543-9877 Maker’s Mark Distillery
3350 Burks Spring Road, Loretto Sited close to Loretto in the heart of Kentucky horse breeding territory, Maker’s Mark is all pretty red buildings and cottage industry atmosphere set in its own gardens with rare plants and trees in abundance. This is whiskey production in miniature and the tour here is thorough and impressive. There’s a gift shop and should you want to, you can even dip your own bottle to give it its distinctive red seal.
www.makersmark.com email@example.com Wild Turkey
1525 Tyrone Road, Lawrenceburg Wild Turkey’s production is overseen by the legendary Jimmy Russell, and tours here take you through the production process and show off the impressive column still before showing whiskey being filled to barrels. There’s a gift shop at the end.
www.wildturkeybourbon.com Woodford Reserve
7855 McCraken Pike, Versailles Another dinky but highly impressive distillery surrounded by horse-breeding land. The stills, similar to those you’ll see in Scotland, give the Labrot & Graham Distillery an unusual spin on whiskey production and with such a fine and premium bourbon on offer at the end, this is another unmissable experience.
www.woodfordreserve.com firstname.lastname@example.org (859) 879-1812 Must see attractions Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
114 North 5th Street, Bardstown Olde world museum set in the heart of Bardstown with a remarkable collection of artefacts and photographs tracing bourbon back to its earliest times. Captures the regions past admirably.
www.visitbardstown.com (502) 348-2999 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Civil War Museum
310 East Broadway Street, Bardstown www.civil-war-musuem.org (502) 349-0291 International Bluegrass Music Museum
117 Davies Street, Owensboro www.bluegrass-museum.org (270) 926 7891 Kentucky Derby Museum
704 Central Avenue, Louisville www.derbymuseum.org (502) 637-1111 My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 East Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown www.parks.ky.gov/stateparks (502) 348-3502 Travel and accommodation
Most major American airlines have connecting flights in to Louisville and you can fly from Europe in to a range of American destinations and connect through. It’s a relatively easy drive from Cleveland or Nashville if you want to stop off somewhere else first.Louisville Is a sizeable city and offers the whole range oh hotel accommodation opportunities, from $25 motels to stylish outlets such as the world-famous Seelbach Hilton. But you’d be advised to travel south to Bardstown where you’re properly in whiskey territory and you’re more likely to get a localised Kentucky welcome. Here there are hotels and motels aplenty.Personal choice would be the Old Bardstown Inn or the Best Western General Nelson – both imbued with history.