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Events

Jan13

Black Bone

An exhibition of visual artists and poets sharing how those connected to Affrilachia tell... more
Jan20

Boots in the Bluegrass

An inspiring and patriotic evening celebrating and raising funds for our veterans and... more
Jan20

Pippin

PIPPIN is a high-flying hit Broadway musical!  Full of extraordinary acrobatics,... more
Jan21

The January Ball: A Speakeasy

Lexington's beautiful Loudoun House will be transformed into the swankiest speakeasy this... more
Jan26

UK Women's Basketball vs Ole Miss

Join the fans of the UK Women's Basketball team as they take on Ole... more
Jan28

UK vs Kansas

Cheer on the University of Kentucky men's basketball team. Go Wildcats! ... more
Feb3

1964: The Tribute

Since the early 80's, "1964": The Tribute has been thrilling audiences all over... more
Feb9

Into The Woods

  Mind the wolf, heed the witch, and honor the giant in the... more
Feb9

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show

Shake off the cabin fever and enjoy great outdoor products, exclusive deals, and... more
Feb10

Carmen

Romantic Spanish works by Piazzolla, Granados, and Bizet return to the LexPhil season in... more
Feb12

Russian String Orchestra

Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky.  Expect glorious sound and musicianship... more
Feb14

Justin Hayward Acoustic Concert

Hear the legendary Moody Blues' guitarist and vocalist. His songs have mesmerized fans... more
Feb17

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and... more
Feb20

Presidents' Day at the Mary Todd Lincoln House

The event will include games and activities focusing on the Lincolns’ family... more
Feb24

The Barber of Seville

Rossini's perfectly honed treasure survived a famously disastrous opening night to become... more
Feb25

The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963

This powerful story based on the Newbery Honor Book by Christopher Paul Curtis follows... more
Feb28

UK vs Vanderbilt

Cheer on the UK men's basketball team as they take on Vanderbilt! ... more
Mar3

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show

 Featuring over 40 distinguished dealers and garden specialists.... more
Mar10

Lexington Comic & Toy Convention

The midwest's most awesome weekend of geekery. Comics, magazines, gaming, anime,... more
Mar11

Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

Leprechauns and shamrocks will be spotted along Main Street. Entertainment all day.... more
Mar15

Boys Sweet Sixteen Tournament

Kentucky High School Athletic Association state basketball tournament.... more
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History

While we don't claim that Bourbon was invented in Lexington, we do claim that it was born of Kentucky's natural bounty and the skill of our early settlers. Plan a trip to explore the birthplace of Bourbon with Lexington as your home base. Experience our Bourbon distilleries, Bourbon bars and regional cuisine, and you'll gain an appreciation of America's native spirit and our connection to a product whose popularity is booming around the world.

Lexington was home to the first registered distillery in Central Kentucky, the Ashland Distillery (R.D. #1) later known as "Old Tarr." Built in the mid-1800s on Manchester Street, one of its warehouses still stands and is home to Manchester Music Hall, a popular venue for live music concerts. In the 19th century, this area at the west end of Lexington was a major hub for Kentucky's Bourbon industry. Exciting initiatives are underway to develop a Distillery District utilizing these historic buildings for shopping, restaurants, housing and entertainment venues.

Today, in the heart of the proposed Distillery District, Barrel House Distilling Company is crafting its very own small batch Bourbon. Rockcastle Straight Kentucky Whiskey is distilled using the highest quality locally sourced corn and wheat ground by nearby Weisenburger Mills, and mountain spring water from King Springs in Rockcastle county.  Just around the corner, the first new distillery to be built in Lexington is producing Town Branch Bourbon.

Bourbon AdvertisementWhat do we know about the origins of Bourbon? We know that people have been turning grain into distilled spirits for centuries, and we know that early Kentucky settlers brought their techniques, and probably their stills, with them. Corn was abundant in this region, and a popular choice as a major ingredient when distilling whiskey.

Time spent in charred oak barrels gives this whiskey a distinctive color and flavor. But how did it come to be named Bourbon? Some historians say Kentucky whiskey was shipped down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in barrels stamped "Bourbon", its county of origin. Others contend much of it ended up in the area of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Kentuckians like to debate this topic, preferably over a fine example of America's Native Spirit.

Click here for additional resources on the earliest distilleries in Lexington.