Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Distilleries Let You Drink Deeply of Kentucky Bourbon Culture

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Distilleries Let You Drink Deeply of Kentucky Bourbon Culture

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In the ever expanding universe of Kentucky bourbon, it can be hard to keep up with new distilleries and new things to sample.

But it is so much fun trying.

Most distilleries in the state are part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail or its craft tour, which focuses on smaller distilleries. Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, Kentucky, and its sister distillery, Barton in Bardstown, Kentucky, are separate but still well worth a look for fans.

Almost every distillery will have a tour or visitors' experience to explore and often a tasting room where you can get a sample or two.

In Lexington, Kentucky, Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., 401 Cross St., is unique because it's one of the very few with both a brewery and a distillery. And you can sample from both. The distillery produces bourbon, rye, scotch and a coffee liqueur called Bluegrass Sundown. The brewery makes the signature Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout and seasonal barrel aged beers.

Several other distilleries are less than an hour away and well worth the drive.

Woodford Reserve Distillery, owned by Brown-Forman, is nestled in the heart of horse country at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles, Kentucky. The historic Labrot & Graham distillery on Glenns Creek offers several different tours and has a restaurant on site.

Like Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, Kentucky, also is a national historic landmark.

At Buffalo Trace, you can choose from hour-long tours, including an evening ghost tour. Around certain holidays, special events like the Halloween-themed Disturbia in the Distillery, a night of "dinner, drams and drama," or the Lighting of the Trace are held. The hottest ticket every year is for their Pappy for your Pappy Father's Day dinner with the Van Winkles.

Sample the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream with root beer for a real treat.

Nearby are two special Kentucky distilleries: Wild Turkey and Four Roses.

Wild Turkey, 1417 Versailles Road in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, has beautiful views of the Kentucky River from the tasting room of the visitors' center. Master distiller Jimmy Russell, known as the Buddha of Bourbon, can often be found in the lobby holding court with fans and signing bottles. …

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