Lexington Attractions

Bluegrass Bourbons

Bourbon is an American whiskey which is barrel-aged and distilled mostly from corn. The invention of Bourbon is often credited to the frontier Baptist minister Elijah Craig.  He was the first to age the distillation in charred oak casks which gives Bourbon its reddish color and distinct taste. In 1964 Pres. Lyndon Baines Johnson, with the support of the US Congress, declared Bourbon a "distinctive product of the United States".  As you explore Bourbon Country you will notice there are six historic working distilleries within 25 miles of downtown Lexington. These distilleries are listed below:

  • Woodford Reserve Distillery


    The distillery itself is the oldest and smallest working bourbon distillery and a National Historic Landmark. Henry Clay was a friend and patron. Photo provide by the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

  • Barrel House Distilling Company


    Barrel House Distilling Company, is crafting its very own small batch Bourbon in the Old Pepper Distillery, but it probably won't be ready till 2014. Photo provided by Barrel House Distillery.

  • Buffalo Trace Distillery


    Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America, located in Frankfort, Kentucty, where the buffalo migration route crossed the Kentucky River. Photo provided by Buffolo Trace Distillery.

  • Wild Turkey Distillery


    The originally distillery was founded by the Ripy family on what is now known as Wild Turkey Hill in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Photo provided by Molly Nelson.

  • Four Roses Distillery


    It begins with a story of romance and roses, and turns into a passion for creating a truly American Whiskey. Photo provided by Four Rose Distillery.


  • Town Branch Distillery


    Distinctly a Bluegrass enterprise, built in Lexington's Bourbon district, the Alltech Company brings the Bourbon Trail to downtown Lexington. Photo provided by the Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company.