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 bourbon distilleries offer tours with tasting experiences. For that reason, “bourbonism” and tourism to Kentucky to experience Bourbon Country is booming.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® consists of 18 member distilleries (Angel’s Envy, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Bulleit Distilling Co., Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Four Roses, Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Lux Row, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery, Old Forester Distilling Co., O.Z. Tyler, Rabbit Hole, Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Wilderness Trail, and Woodford Reserve). Explorers who complete a passport collecting stamps at all the distilleries get a T-shirt.
Other popular bourbon destinations include Buffalo Trace, Barton 1792, Castle & Key and the 19 micro-distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Craft Tour (like Willett, Jeptha Creed, Limestone Branch, Barrel House, Peerless and Kentucky Artisan).
Louisville is also the home to Copper & Kings, a brandy, gin and absinthe distiller. Tours of Brown-Forman Cooperage, where bourbon barrels are made, are available on select days through Mint Julep.
To maximize your day, make Louisville your home base, then visit the distilleries located close to each other. 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 varies.
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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.
The best way to maximize your Kentucky adventure is by customizing a tour. Groups of all sizes choose Mint Julep Tours to plan one-day and multi-day Bourbon Country bus trips. 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.