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In the midst of the beautiful rolling hills in the Bluegrass State lies the tried and true tradition of Bourbon making. Kentucky’s natural mix of conditions and climate make it a perfect home to the best Bourbon in the country. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail showcases 8 distilleries in Kentucky including Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam. You can see the way bourbon is made from the start to finish and then enjoy its perfectly mastered taste.

KENTUCKY BOURBON FESTIVAL The celebration of Bourbon is a fun festival held the third weekend of September each year. A grand gala caps a week of special Bourbon events and tastings. KyBourbonFestival.com or phone 1-800-638-4877
Since 1776, the people of Bardstown, Kentucky have been making Bourbon. Their dedication to the fine art of distilling eventually gave Bardstown the title of Bourbon Capital of the World. Come celebrate this passion and history at The Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival gives you a weekend full of smooth Bourbon, delicious food, and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It’s a wonderful five-day event full of activities for the whole family.Beautiful Bardstown is a historical treasure nestled away in the Kentucky countryside. There are shops, fine restaurants, trains, museums and of course the distilleries that have made Bardstown famous the whole world over. Come celebrate the spirit of Kentucky at The Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
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The Kentucky Bourbon Trail was picked by the Travel Channel as one of their Manly Man Adventures.

Stops on the Bourbon Trail
Kentucky Bourbon Trail, connecting the nation’s Bourbon distilleries, where you can see the art of Bourbon-making being practiced much as it was 200 years ago. Visit the producers of  Kentucky Bourbon: “America’s ONLY Native Spirit.” Experience for yourself the magic and science of the Kentucky Bourbon Master Distiller’s craft – all within an easy day’s drive through the rolling hills of central Kentucky.  A four day trip planner is here.

•  Barrel House Distillery: Wednesday – Friday: 12pm – 5pm Tours/Tastings: 12:15; 1:15; 2:15; 3:15; 4:15 Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 3pm Tours/Tastings: 11:15; 12:15, 1:15, 2:15

• Evan Williams Bourbon Experience 528 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202 10 am – 5 pm ET, Mon – Sat 1 pm – 5 pm ET, Sun The last daily tour is at 4:00 PM  Phone: (502) 584-2114

Four Roses: 1224 Bonds Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, Ky. 502-839-3436, www.fourroses.us. Tours: On the hour, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. No tours Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center: 1311 Gilkey Run Road, Bardstown, Ky. 502-337-1000, . Tours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., year-round; noon-4 p.m. Sun., March through December. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

From Louisville: I-65 south to exit 112, Hwy. 245 east to Bardstown, Hwy. 31 south to center of town, go 3/4 around courthouse onto 150 east to Hwy. 49 south. The Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center is located on the right, just past the corporate offices.
From Lexington: Bluegrass Parkway west to Bardstown exit, west on U.S. 150 to Hwy. 49 south. The Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center is located on the right, just past the corporate offices.

Jim Beam: 149 Happy Hollow Road, Clermont, Ky. 502-543-9877, www.jimbeam.com. Tours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. (no sales or samples). Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Sundays in January and February.

Located approximately 25 miles south of Louisville, KY

From I-65 Take exit 112 (Bardstown/ Bernheim Forest) to Hwy. 245. Go east 1.5 miles, turn left
on Happy Hollow Rd. (Jim Beam sign on the right). Follow signage to Jim Beam American Outpost. From Bardstown: Take Hwy. 245 west for 13 miles. Turn right on Happy Hollow Rd. (Jim Beam sign on the left). Follow signage to Jim Beam American Outpost.

• Limestone Branch Distillery We’re about seven miles southeast of Maker’s Mark Distillery, resting low on 11 acres just off the Veterans Memorial Highway. Tours begin at the top of every hour, with the last leaving at 5pm:
Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. 1280 Veterans Memorial Hwy. Lebanon, KY 40033 270.699.9004

• Maker’s Mark: 3350 Burks Spring Road, Loretto, Ky. 270-865-2099, www.makersmark.com. Tours: Every hour on the half-hour from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 on Sun. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Sundays in January and February.

From Louisville: I-65 south, exit 112, Hwy. 245 east to Bardstown, US 150 east through center of Bardstown to KY 49 south to Loretto, follow brown signs.
From Lexington: Blue Grass Pkwy. West to Bardstown exit, west on US 150 to KY 49 south to Loretto, follow brown signs. Approximately 30 minutes from Bardstown.

•  Town Branch Bourbon Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, 401 Cross Street (near intersections of Versailles Rd. and W. Maxwell St.) Lexington, KY 40508 859-255-2337 Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last tour is at 4 p.m.) Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m. (last tour is at 4 p.m.) Tours run every hour on the hour and last one hour.

Wild Turkey: 1525 Tyrone Road, Lawrenceburg, Ky. 502-839-4544, www.wildturkey.com. Tours: 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closed all major holidays.

From Louisville: I-64 east to KY 151 south to US 127 south to US 62 east to distillery.
From Lexington: US 60 west to Versailles, US 62 west to distillery.

Woodford Reserve: 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, Ky. 859-879-1812, www.woodfordreserve.com. Tours: 10 and 11 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sundays from April to October. Closed major holidays.

• Wilderness Trace445 Roy Arnold Dr. in Danville, Ky. Inquiries@wildernesstracedistillery.com

BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press Writer, wrote a very nice piece on the Bourbon Trail that has appeared in many newspaper travel sections. Here is one that is the full length story with photos.
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