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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.”
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.
Bluegrass Regional Bourbon Distilleries:
Barrel House Distilling Company – Lexington, KY
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 – Lexington, KY
Distilling a classic & bold small batch Bourbon from local and organic ingredients.
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.
Town Branch Distillery – Lexington, KY
Distinctly a Bluegrass enterprise, built in Lexington’s Bourbon district, the Alltech Company brings the Bourbon Trail to downtown Lexington.
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 has a stylish urban setting hosting around 80 bourbons as well as a variety of draft beers, including local craft brews.
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
This Pub is dedicated to the Ladies and Gentlemen, who make drinking one of the pleasures in life – not one of its evils.