Bourbon County Lexington

Bourbon Country/Lexington

Explore Bourbon Country with Lexington as your home base!

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.

In the 19th century, this area at the west end of Lexington was a major hub for Kentucky's Bourbon industry. Today, exciting initiatives are underway in the Distillery District utilizing historic buildings for shopping, breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, housing and entertainment venues. And of course, for distilling!

Within 35 miles of Lexington, Kentucky, you can enjoy tours and tastings at twelve working distilleries. Plan your own visits, or join Bottled in Bond Tours or Horse and Barrel Tours for one of their scheduled departures out of Lexington. A number of companies will customize tours that include transportation.

Historic Distilleries

Buffalo Trace Distillery
(502) 696-5926
25 miles west of Lexington.
Tours on the hour. Open year-round 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with the last tour at 4 p.m. Open Sundays from noon to 5:30 p.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m.

Castle & Key
(859) 873-2481
26 miles west of Lexington
The Castle & Key Experience is offered 7 times a day Wednesday through Saturday starting at 9:30 am and recurring every hour on the half hour, with the last tour at 3:30 pm. Tours offered on Sundays starting at 11:30 am. No tours on holidays.

Four Roses Distillery
(502) 839-3436 
24 miles west of Lexington.
Tours given on the hour Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.
The distillery stops Bourbon production in the summer months. Tour ticket also gives guests access to tour the Cox's Creek Warehouse and Bottling Facility on the same day, or within 60 days of ticket purchase.

Glenns Creek Distillery
(859) 552-3296
Frankfort, KY
25 miles northwest of Lexington
Tours and tastings are available Sunday-Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. No appointment necessary for groups of 6 or less.

James E. Pepper Distillery
(859) 309-3230
Downtown Lexington
Tours on the hour, Wednesday-Saturday 10:30 am-3:30 pm and Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm. Open April through October.

Wild Turkey Distillery
(502) 839-2182
23 miles west of Lexington.
Tours given on the hour, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours on Sundays March through October, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open year-round, except for major holidays.

Woodford Reserve Distillery 
(859) 879-1812
21 miles from Lexington.
Open year-round Monday through Saturday. Tours on the hour from 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours on Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. March through December only. Reservations suggested.  Reservations can be made online. By reservation only ($30): "Corn to Cork" tour at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or the "National Landmark" tour at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

New Craft Distilleries

Barrell House Distilling Company
(859) 259-0159
Downtown Lexington
Tour/Tastings Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours and tastings available on the half hour. Last tour at 4 p.m. Their Bourbon, RockCastle, was released on July 24, 2015.

Bluegrass Distillers
(859) 253-4490
Downtown Lexington
Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserve online. Hear the story of the region's newest small batch craft distillery which opened in November of 2015. Tours include a tasting and a cocktail glass.  

Bourbon 30
(502) 219-2551
Georgetown, Kentucky
13 miles north of Lexington
Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, stop in for a tour! This craft distillery uses water from the same spring that Rev. Elijah Craig once used for his bourbon.

Hartfield & Co.
(formerly "The Gentlemen Distillery")
(859) 559-3494
Paris, Kentucky 
18 miles northeast of Lexington
Brief tours offered Tuesday through Friday with advance appointment. One hour tours offered on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. by appointment. This is the first bourbon to be produced in Bourbon County in almost a century. Their first Bourbon went on sale September 18, 2015. You can also taste a Rum and a wheated Vodka.

Three Boys Farm Distillery
(504) 512-2564
35 miles west of Lexington
Tours and tastings - Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. The distillery produces include Bourbon, Rye Whiskey and Flavored Whiskey.

Town Branch Distillery
(859) 255-233
Downtown Lexington
$11 (free under 18)
Tour includes the bourbon distillery plus the brewery on site, and tasting tickets to sample four products. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 4 p.m.  Closed on Tuesdays in January and February.

Wilderness Trail Distillery
(859) 402-8707
35 miles southwest of Lexington
Tours offered Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours start on the hour. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

Read more about Bourbon in the Bluegrass Region. 
Learn about the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail


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