Thinking about heading to Kentucky for Bourbon Month? We celebrate every September with bourbon-related events and festivals.
Here are a few options to enjoy National Bourbon Heritage Month with us.
Heaven & Evan Exclusive Experience
Sept. 21 from 3:45 to 9:30 p.m.
This ultra-exclusive experience starts with a trip to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown. First, you’ll enjoy appetizers, cocktails and a bourbon tasting inside a working rickhouse. Master Distiller Denny Potter will lead the tasting that includes the rare opportunity to pull and taste straight from a barrel using a Whiskey Thief. Then you’ll head back to Louisville to the new Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, where you’ll enjoy more appetizers, desserts and cocktails in the Prohibition-Era Speakeasy Lounge. Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs will lead a bourbon tasting before your guided tour. Guests will receive a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel signed by both Master Distillers. Trust us, this is one experience you don’t want to miss.
Southern Supper Series: Gettin’ Pickled
Sept. 20 from 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This themed progressive dinner is inspired by the South’s most famous suppers. Hop around the city’s best restaurants for a food tour with three expertly-crafted dishes from top chefs. Try three varieties of pickles (not just cucumbers!) in themed dishes paired with bourbon cocktails from chef Mike Wajda at Proof on Main, chef Alex Weber at Eiderdown, and chef John Varanese at his namesake restaurant.
Full-Day Bourbon Distillery Tours
Sept. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
Spend a full day in Bourbon Country! Let Mint Julep Tours plan your day from start to finish – transporting you to three different Kentucky distilleries and grabbing lunch at a local restaurant. Your guide will lead the way sharing tons of bourbon knowledge not covered on distillery tours and filling in the blanks between each stop. He or she will take care of all the details – from timing to admissions and more. You just sit back and enjoy your fully-guided day exploring Kentucky! Our expert team goes above and beyond to ensure your day is fun, educational and hassle-free. Departure times vary depending on the date.
Half-Day Beer Tours
Sept. 3 and 28 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Let Mint Julep Tours be your guide to Louisville’s best beer as you spend an afternoon hopping between breweries and taprooms! Whether you’re a hop-head or passionate about bourbon barrel-aged beers, there’s something for everyone along the way. You’ll visit three breweries for tours and tasting flights at each stop. Enjoy insight from your Mint Julep Tours ‘brew guru’ in between. With sensory experiences, behind-the-scenes access and brewmaster meet-and-greets, you’ll learn the craft and commitment behind the city’s finest beers. The cost is $79 per person, which includes guided transportation with a brew guru, three tours with tasting flights, pretzel necklace, and brewery swag.
Half-Day Sightseeing Tours
Sept. 3 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Go deep into Louisville’s history and heritage a sightseeing tour! Each four-hour tour travels past numerous local sites like Whiskey Row and the city’s Cast Iron District, Falls of the Ohio and its stunning skyline view, historic homes in Old Louisville, landmarks of hometown heroes like Muhammad Ali, and colorful murals in up-and-coming neighborhoods Butchertown and NuLu. Your expert tour leader will share fun facts as you explore sights old and new on this urban adventure. Plus a bonus stop at either a bourbon chocolate tasting at Art Eatables (Thursday/Friday) or visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum (Sunday) and walking tour of Churchill Downs.