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Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries

Visit historic and new Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries

Famous brands and craft makers of bourbon and whiskey call Kentucky home. Scattered across the state, bourbon distilleries old and new, create some of the world’s favorite spirits. Most Kentucky bourbon distilleries offer tours with tasting experiences. For that reason, “bourbonism” and tourism to Kentucky, to experience the famous Bourbon Country is booming.

Popular Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries Can Be Found Along…

  • The Kentucky Bourbon Trail®
  • Craft Bourbon Trail
  • Bourbon Country

To maximize your day, make Louisville your home base, then visit the distilleries located close to each other. Kentucky bourbon distilleries are located east and south of Louisville. Most guests can visit about three bourbon distilleries per day. Keep in mind that most distillery tour times are from 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. Admission price and availability vary.

  • Group on Bourbon Tasting Tour at Jeptha Creed Distillery
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  • woman dipping maker's mark bottle into red wax at distillery tour
  • mint julep passenger van in front of Buffalo Trace distillery
  • bourbon barrel rickhouse
  • man thieving straight-from-the-barrel
  • group eating lunch at bardstown bourbon company
  • bourbon barrels at Woodford Reserve

Bourbon Distilleries By Area

Kentucky Bourbon Trail®
  • Angel’s Envy Distillery
  • Bardstown Bourbon Co.
  • Bulleit Distilling Co.
  • Brough Brothers Distillery
  • Four Roses Distillery
  • Green River Distilling Co.
  • Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience
  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
  • James B. Beam Distilling Co.
  • Lux Row Distillers
  • Maker’s Mark Distillery
  • Michter’s at Fort Nelson
  • Old Forester Distilling Co.
  • Rabbit Hole Distillery
  • Stitzel-Weller Distillery
  • Town Branch Distillery
  • Wild Turkey Distillery
  • Wilderness Trail Distillery
  • Woodford Reserve Distillery
Craft Bourbon Trail


  • Jeptha Creed Distillery
  • Kentucky Artisan Distillery
  • Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co
  • Limestone Branch Distillery
  • Preservation Distillery
  • Willett Distillery
  • Log Still Distillery
  • Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery


  • The Bard Distillery
  • MB Roland Distillery
  • Dueling Grounds Distillery
  • Casey Jones Distillery
  • Boundary Oak Distillery


  • Second Sight Spirits
  • Neeley Family Distillery
  • New Riff Distillery
  • The Old Pogue Distillery
  • Boone County Distilling Co


  • Castle & Key Distillery
  • Hartfield & Co.
  • James E. Pepper Distillery
  • Barrel House Distilling Co.
  • Bluegrass Distillers
Bourbon Country
  • Brown-Forman Cooperage
  • Barton 1792
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Copper & Kings Brandy Distillery
  • Independent Stave Cooperage
  • Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse
  • Old Samuels Distillery
  • Starhill Distillery @ Huber’s Farm




Each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, travelers visit a pre-set schedule of three Kentucky bourbon distilleries on our public bourbon tours. Destinations and times vary. Each ticket includes guided transportation, distillery admissions, tastings, and lunch.

While you tour the Kentucky distilleries, you’ll learn the heritage of America’s native spirit and bourbon facts to impress your friends, like the difference between single barrel and small batch. One of our enthusiastic tour leaders will ride on the bus with you sharing insight and filling in the gaps between stops. The full-day public bourbon tours depart from downtown Louisville at the Omni.

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The best way to maximize your Kentucky adventure is by customizing a tour. Groups of all sizes choose Mint Julep Experiences to plan one-day and multi-day Bourbon Country itineraries. By working with one of our Experience Coordinators, you can pick your favorite distilleries to visit or take our expert advice to craft a perfect day.

Customized Tours are a great option for special events, corporate outings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, anniversaries and client appreciation gifts. Several bourbon distilleries offer exclusive tastings or private tours only available to Mint Julep Tours customers. Behind-the-scenes access, straight-from-the-barrel tastings, cocktail mixology classes, elevated and rare bourbon flights, and chats with master distillers can all be arranged.

Tours of Brown-Forman cooperage and Independent Stave Co. where bourbon barrels are made and Vendome Copper where stills are crafted are also options for customized tours. Want to buy a bourbon barrel or purchased signed or engraved bottles? Just ask about our Private Barrel Select Experiences!

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