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 nine working distilleries. Plan your own visits, or join Bottled in Bond 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.
Free.
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.

Four Roses Distillery
(502) 839-3436 
24 miles west of Lexington.
$5. 
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.

Wild Turkey Distillery
(502) 839-2182
23 miles west of Lexington.
$10
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.
$14
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
$5
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
(502) 551-3670
Downtown Lexington
$10
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.  

Three Boys Farm Distillery
(504) 512-2564
35 miles west of Lexington
$6
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.

Hartfield & Co.
(formerly "The Gentlemen Distillery"
(859) 559-3494
Paris, Kentucky 
18 miles northeast of Lexington
Free
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.

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
$7
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.)

Bourbon Distillery Map
Read more about Bourbon in the Bluegrass Region. 
Learn about the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail 
Read an article on the secret to Kentucky Bourbon. 
Check out this suggested Bourbon Tour Itinerary. 

The National Geographic Traveler included the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in its "Drives of a Lifetime - The World's Greatest Scenic Routes."

 

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