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Bourbon is an American whiskey that 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.”
Lexington Downtown & Distillery District Bourbons:
Barrel House Distilling Company – Distillery District
This distilling is crafting its very own small batch Bourbon in the Old Pepper Distillery, with it’s first distillation in the 2015.
Bluegrass Distillers – Downtown, Northside
Home of the first and only Kentucky Blue Corn Bourbon. Our award winning Blue Corn Bourbon is grown in Central Kentucky. This product has a nutty sweetness unlike any other product on the market. Come visit us to try for yourself!
James E. Pepper Distilling Co – Distillery District
The Pepper family brand of whiskey is an iconic Kentucky whiskey brand initially produced during the American Revolution and continued through 1967. In 2008 the brand was relaunched by whiskey entrepreneur Amir Peay.
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co – Downtown, Eastside
In the heart of bourbon country, Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. celebrates timeless traditions and bold imaginations with award-winning beers and spirits are steeped in the history, charm and excitement of Kentucky, where legends live fast and free.
Bluegrass Regional Bourbons:
Buffalo Trace Distillery – Frankfort, KY
Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America, located in Frankfort, Kentucky, where the buffalo migration route crossed the Kentucky River.
Four Roses Distillery – Lawrenceburg, KY
It begins with a story of romance and roses, and turns into a passion for creating a truly American Whiskey.
Wild Turkey Distillery – Lawrenceburg, KY
The originally distillery was founded by the Ripy family on what is now known as Wild Turkey Hill in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
Woodford Reserve Distillery – Versailles, KY
The distillery itself is the oldest and smallest working bourbon distillery and a National Historic Landmark. Henry Clay was a friend and patron.
Downtown Lexington Bourbon Bars
Belle’s Cocktail House – Downtown
Belle has a stylish urban setting hosting around 80 bourbons as well as a variety of draft beers, including local craft brews.
Bluegrass Tavern – Downtown
The Bluegrass Tavern is a “must see” whenever you’re rolling through on the KY Bourbon Trail or just visiting, it has one of the biggest collections of bourbon in the USA.
Henry Clay’s Public House – Downtown
Bar/Pub located in the heart of the Downtown Lexington, with an extensive Bourbon list, more than 50 beers, 20 wines and fine spirits. A variety of lives music is performed every Thursday, Friday and Saturday