Kentucky is beautiful in the summer. It’s hot and humid, but also full of lush, green beauty. While chatting with Ralf about Four Roses this week I was reminded of what a hidden gem we have here. He’s originally from Munich, now living in the Bay Area, and he knew almost nothing about bourbon. He knew even less about the beauty of bourbon country and the businesses and people that produce this tasty spirit. So, this week we want to shine a light on what may be a new idea to some of our readers – Bourbon Tourism. This industry is much more authentic than Napa Valley and it’s much more personal than a factory tour.
It’s time for outsiders to understand that the so-called factory tour embodies the best of America, with all the smells, views and authentic people that tourists desire on weekend or month-long getaways. Bourbon is not some liquor you pour over ice; it’s a lifestyle, listening to the authentic sounds of Bluegrass Music and watching the sunset over a ripe green field with young colts prancing and mares galloping. – Fred Minnick
For some of you, hopefully this will whet your appetite and you’ll finally start planning your trip to our beautiful bourbon country.
Kentucky Bourbon Country Guides
Bourbon Distillery Tours
☞ Barton’s 1792 Distillery ★★★★★
☞ Willett Distillery ★★★★★
☞ Buffalo Trace ★★★★☆
☞ Four Roses ★★★★☆
☞ Wild Turkey ★★★★☆
Maker’s Mark ★★★★★
☞ Evan Williams Bourbon Experience ★★★★☆
☞ Jim Beam American Stillhouse ★★★★★
☞ Woodford Reserve ★★★★★
The Bourbon Map
We’ve created a map of Bourbon Country here on Google Maps. Use this to start planning your trip to Kentucky or pass it on to a friend.