Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Organized by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, a traveler's passport program known as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail features seven of the state's distilleries -- Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve.

Travelers pick up a free souvenir passport when they visit any one of the distilleries, or request one by mail. Those who visit and collect stamps from all seven distilleries will receive a Kentucky Bourbon Trail T-shirt to commemorate their accomplishment.

Go to the
Kentucky Distillers’ Association website for itineraries and application forms.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour

A second travel itinerary visits artisinal micro-distilleries in the area, such as Barrel House in Lexington and Limestone Branch in Lebanon.

the Kentucky Distillers’ Association also sponsors the annual 200-mile overnight Bourbon Chase relay race from Maker's Mark Distillery to downtown Lexington. It is held the last weekend in September.

American Backroads Discovery: Kentucky Bourbon Trail
American Backroads Discovery:
Kentucky Bourbon Trail (MP3)

Makers Mark Bourbon Distillery Wall Clock

Kentucky Bourbon Country
Kentucky Bourbon Country

The Essential Travel Guide
by Susan Reigler
The University Press of Kentucky, 2013

This guide profiles five major distillery locations in the Bluegrass State - Louisville, Frankfort and Midway, Lexington, Lawrenceburg, and Bardstown - from which the bulk and arguably the best of Kentucky's bourbon is produced.

The directory of restaurants, inns, historic sites and attractions is preceeded by a primer on how bourbon is made and enjoyed.

"Most of Kentucky's bourbon distilleries are found in the central Bluegrass region, within a triangle defined by points at Louisville, Lexington and Bardstown," Reigler points out. "The area is fairly compact: travel time between Louisville and Lexington and between Lexington and Bardstown is about an hour."

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