Spirit Hub’s guide to the bourbon and craft bourbon trail, a can’t-miss adventure for any bourbon lover
When you were little, you had Disneyland and a hat with a famous set of ears.
As you got a bit older, you went to Six Flags and got souvenir sodas.
But now you’re an adult that enjoys a tumbler full of bourbon.
Where’s your amusement park?
Thanks to the Kentucky Distillers Association, there’s a delicious trip waiting to be taken by every bourbon-loving adult.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Nearly all of the world’s bourbon comes from the ‘Bluegrass State.’ So, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association made a way for world-travelers to fully experience America’s Native Spirit.
In 1999, the Kentucky Distillers Association founded the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Initially, the bourbon trail included seven of the eight distilleries in the area. As the years pass, more and more distilleries continue to join the trail.
After a boom of independent distilleries in Kentucky, the bourbon trail added another leg to it’s bourbon adventure. 2012 saw the Kentucky Distillers’ Association inaugurate the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.
Year after year, the bourbon and craft bourbon trail regularly sees millions of adventurers from each of the 50 states and countries across the globe.
Depending on the adventure you choose, you could be spending up to nine days touring Kentucky bourbon distilleries enjoying some of the finest bourbon the world has to offer.
Nine days of nothing but living, breathing, and, most importantly, sipping some of the most famous brown spirits to ever grace the insides of charred oak barrels.
Simply put, it’s a bourbon drinker’s dream.
Traveling through a bourbon wonderland...
Two distinct tours.
One delicious spirit.
There is no wrong way to enjoy the bourbon trail.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail can take a minimum of four days, but can stretch to nine depending on how many of the eighteen distilleries you visit between Louisville and Woodford.
Though it can be conquered in a shorter period of time, the Craft Tour leg of the bourbon trail covers four distinct Kentucky regions over the course of five days.
On the craft bourbon trail you’ll pass through the Northern, Central, Western, and Bluegrass regions of Kentucky. During that trip, your glass will be filled with the most delicious, handcrafted bourbon your taste buds can imagine.
Snifters filled with the finest of America’s Native Spirit await on the bourbon trail craft tour.
Think you could handle 950 miles and 37 Kentucky distilleries?
The Kentucky Distillers’ Association realizes that not everyone travels the same way. Some people want to see Jim Beam, others might want to spend more time at Bluegrass Distillers.
One look at the Kentucky Bourbon Trail website, and you’ll see that you can customize every aspect of your trip, and they have the tools and resources to help you do it.
Do you want a full day of visiting distilleries? Or only a half day? Are you looking for any specific events? Will transportation be an issue? Do you only want to visit a select group of the featured Kentucky bourbon distilleries?
There’s more to the bourbon trail than just sipping America’s Native Spirit.
Sure, there’s tours and tastings. But you can find all sorts of other activities. There’s big-city nightlife, quaint country towns, bourbon-themed hotels and historic bed and breakfasts.
So while there’s plenty of delicious bourbon on the bourbon trail, you’ll have more to remember the trip by than a stomachful of robust bourbons.
A passport to Kentucky bourbon distilleries
If you follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s itinerary, your bourbon adventure starts in Louisville and brings you all the way to Woodford, passing through seven other cities along the way.
You’ll sample bourbons from famed Kentucky distilleries like Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve, to name a few.
Those titans of bourbon are just the beginning of the famous names you’ll meet along the way.
If you choose to adventure on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, the five day journey starts in the Northern region then moves through the Central and Western regions before leaving you, appropriately, in the Bluegrass region.
You’ll find legacy and tradition in every bottle from the independent Kentucky distilleries on the craft bourbon trail.
Casey Jones Distillery is one of the three craft distilleries we carry featured on the craft bourbon trail.
Visit Barrel House Distilling Co., our Lexington, KY distillery, when you travel the craft bourbon trail.
At Barrel House Distilling Co., a Lexington, Kentucky distillery, two best friends distill bourbon in a building that’s been home to innumerable Kentucky distilling institutions.
Bluegrass Distillers’ craft spirits are made with locally sourced, Kentucky Proud ingredients.
Or find the taste of the ‘Bluegrass State’ in a bottle of craft bourbon from Bluegrass Distillers. Everything that finds its way into their bottles has been sourced locally in Kentucky.
Before you embark on your bourbon travels, don’t forget to pick up your Kentucky Bourbon Trail passport. Collect stamps from every distillery and at the end of your trek you’ll be presented with a trophy.
Well, not a trophy, but something just as good.
An official Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tasting Glass, perfect for continuing to taste bourbons when you get home.
Collect passport stamps from each distillery in a given region, and you’ll get a challenge coin. Collect all four challenge coins and at the end of your tour you’ll get a commemorative stave to display the bourbon challenge you conquered.