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bardstown, kentucky - Bourbon Attractions & distilleries
Bourbon Country

In Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World®, you have many opportunities to enjoy a hands-on tour and Sample our Spirit at one or more distilleries. Surround yourself in our Bourbon Heritage and see why Bardstown is to bourbon what Napa Valley is to wine.

Barton 1792 Distillery & Visitor CenterBarton 1792 Distillery
501 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown; 502-331-4879.  Tour a fully operating distillery and see the inner workings of how our award winning Bourbon is made. Tours and tastings are complimentary. All ages are welcome. Tours depart on the hour.
Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage CenterHeaven Hill Distilleries
Bourbon Heritage Center

1311 Gilkey Run Road, Bardstown 502-337-1000. Through interactive exhibits explore the birth of bourbon, the role of whiskey-making pioneers and the bourbon-making process. View the "Portrait of Heaven Hill" movie, tour a rickhouse, and enjoy a tutored bourbon tasting. Create a keepsake personalized bottle.
Jim BeamJim Beam American Stillhouse
Hwy. 245, Clermont, 502-543-9877.
Learn about six generations of Beam distillers. Visit the home that Jim Beam's son, T. Jeremiah Beam, built in 1911, view an authentic moonshine still believed to be the oldest in America, and learn about barrel making at the cooperage museum.
KY Bourbon FestivalKentucky Bourbon Festival
One Court Square, Bardstown, 502-348-3623.
Each September Bardstown plays host to this celebration for the ages. The six-day festival is highlighted by bourbon tastings, black-tie affairs, arts & crafts, bourbon-related cooking schools and contests, and plenty of good music for everyone.
KY Bourbon Trail logoKentucky Bourbon Trail
For more than 200 years, Kentucky's legendary distilleries have crafted the world's finest Bourbons, using secret recipes and a time-honored process passed down from generation to generation. Now you can explore the rich tradition and proud history of "America's Official Native Spirit" on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour, featuring seven signature distilleries nestled among the most beautiful scenery the Bluegrass has to offer.
Craft Tour LogoKentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour™ is an essential adventure for Bourbon enthusiasts everywhere. Winding through the rolling hills and Bluegrass fields, this tour takes you further into the unrivaled craftsmanship of the Kentucky Bourbon industry than ever before. This innovative tour is designed for those looking to experience Kentucky Bourbon at its very core. Try new handcrafted brands, sample our spirit and collect stamps from all seven distilleries to earn exclusive rewards through our Passport program.
Makers MarkMaker's Mark Distillery
3350 Burk's Springs Rd., Loretto, 270-865-2099.
Tour this lovingly restored distillery, now a National Landmark. Your behind-the-scenes look at this operating distillery takes you through the bourbon-making process from beginning to end. Dip your own bottle into the famous red wax.
Spalding HallThe Oscar Getz Museum
of Whiskey History

114 N. Fifth Street, Bardstown,
A 50-year collection of rare whiskey artifacts dating from pre-colonial days to post-Prohibition days. The museum features rare antique bottles, a moonshine still, advertising art, novelty whiskey containers. A definite stop for bourbon enthusiasts.
Willett Distillery Willett Distillery
1869 Loretto Road, Bardstown; 502-348-0899. Please call ahead, as tours are by appointment only. Learn about one of Kentucky’s smallest family-owned and independently operated distilleries. Tour our recently restored distillery and sample the unique Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys that are bottled by hand in very small batches.
Other Area Distilleries and Bourbon-Related Attractions 

Buffalo Trace Distillery. Frankfort, 502-696-5926,

Four Roses Distillery. Lawrenceburg, 502-839-3436,
Heartland of KY Decanters and Steins. Lebanon Junction, 502-777-0238, www.decantersandsteins,com

Kentucky Cooperage Tour, Independent Stave Company, Lebanon, 270-692-4674,

Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon, 270-699-9004,

Urban Bourbon Trail, Louisville, 888-568-4784

Wild Turkey Distillery, Lawrenceburg, 502-839-4544,

Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, 859-879-1812,
Additional Links

Whisky Advocate Magazine
- Whiskey Magazine

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