Destination Distilleries: Why Bourbon Lovers Are Flocking To Bardstown, Kentucky
Get To Know The Town And The People Who Make The World’s Finest Bourbons
As the Bourbon Capital of the World®, Bardstown, Kentucky, is home to a distinguished collection of world-famous distilleries, as well as a number of newer craft distilleries. Several of these are official stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, a uniquely Kentucky experience that shows visitors the craftsmanship and tradition of the state’s signature spirit. Here are a few to get you started.
Lux Row Distillers™
One of Bardstown’s newest distilleries, Lux Row blends timeless craft and modern innovation to create some of Kentucky’s most regarded bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell®, Ezra Brooks®, David Nicholson® and Blood Oath. With a 43-foot custom copper still, six barrel warehouses and the capabilities to produce three million gallons of spirit a year, Lux Row Distillers is a must-see.
Independent and family-owned since 1936, the historic Willett Distillery specializes in handcrafted, small-batch and single-barrel selections of distilled spirits. Visitors to its historic property can choose from more than a dozen different tour and tasting experiences, including access to specialty products like the elegant Willett® Pot Still Reserve.
Bardstown Bourbon Company™
Set on 100 acres of active farmland, this American whiskey and bourbon destination experience features a state-of-the-art distillery, vintage whiskey library and a unique educational experience. End your visit with a meal at Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar, which offers expertly crafted cocktails and superb food in a hip, modern setting. (Hint: try the boozy milkshakes!)
These three esteemed distilleries are only the beginning. True bourbon aficionados will want to pay a visit to the Maker’s Mark Distillery, where they can hand-dip a bottle of Maker’s Mark® Bourbon in the brand’s iconic red wax, and the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, where they can walk in the footsteps of seven generations of master distillers.
Even more distilleries await in Bardstown, along with the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center, where guests can learn about the history and production of bourbon before ending their visits with educational tastings at a bar housed inside a giant barrel.
Our advice? Pour yourself a drink and start planning your visit to Bardstown now.