Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour expands

The Kentucky Distillers Association created the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour seven years ago. Which distilleries are part of the tour?

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour passport
Photo courtesy of Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour social media

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour showcases Kentucky’s artisan distilling companies around the bluegrass.

KDA has announced they are expanding the tour to 20 distilleries and also a more enhanced passport, regional itineraries, and finishing prize.

“The tremendous growth of Kentucky’s craft industry has spurred local tourism with visitors looking for homegrown, intimate experiences around all kinds of boutique spirits,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “The KBT Craft Tour now welcomes innovative micro distillers who are making everything from flavored moonshine using locally grown ingredients to barrel-aged rums and vodka, brandy, gin, and, of course, our state’s signature Kentucky Bourbon.”

The craft tour breaks down into four regions:

  • Northern
  • Central
  • Western
  • Bluegrass

Fans who tour all 20 distilleries will earn a complimentary, custom-designed barrel stave to display the coins they receive at the end of each tour. The stave will also come with a KBT tasting glass.

The participating distilleries are:

  • Northern RegionKentucky Bourbon Trail private barrel selection: rack of bourbon barrels
    • New Riff – Newport
    • Second Sight – Ludlow
    • Old Pogue – Masyville
    • Boone County – Independence
    • Neeley Family – Sparta
  • Central Region
    • Kentucky Artisan – Crestwood
    • Kentucky Peerless – Louisville
    • Jeptha Creed – Shelbyville
    • Willett – Bardstown
    • Preservation – Bardstown
  • Western Region
    • Boundary Oak – Radcliffe
    • Casey Jones – Hopkinsville
    • MB Roland – Pembroke
    • Dueling Grounds – Franklin
  • Bluegrass Region
    • Limestone Branch – Lebanon
    • Wilderness Trail – Danville
    • Barrel House – Lexington
    • James E. Pepper – Lexington
    • Bluegrass Distillers – Lexington
    • Hartfield & Co. – Paris
Sam Rock, founder of Bluegrass Distillers, said, “This is an exciting new way to experience the diverse selection of distilleries all across Kentucky, and it strengthens our place as the one, true home of Bourbon and distilling craftsmanship.”

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