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Ultimate Guide to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Enjoy the vanilla or caramel undertones of bourbon when you visit all the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

What is it?

Created by the Kentucky Distillers' Association, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a trip to a variety of distilleries in Kentucky. You can go with family and friends to try different brands of bourbon, which helps you be part of the community and supports the locals. You'll also most likely learn the history behind bourbon or the distillery you're visiting as you talk to distillery experts.

The trail is ideal for those who are 21 years and older, especially if you want to try the whiskey. If you want to buy bourbon from any of the distilleries to take home, feel free; just know that you can only purchase up to 4.5 liters per day.

Is the trail open?

Yes, the trail is open for 2021. You'll need to check with the individual businesses you plan to visit to see what their hours of operation are.

Where is the Bourbon Trail?

Where it starts

You can start the trail at a place that is convenient for you. The KDA has itineraries you can try if you don't know where to start.

Distilleries open

Some of the 38 distilleries (all part of the KBA) you can visit on this trail are:

Click on the individual links to make an online reservation with each distillery.

Where it ends

Similar to the starting point, the trail ends where you want it to end. Map out a trail that doesn't take too much time and is the most efficient path.

How long does the trail take?

The trail can be as long or as short as you'd like. The average time it takes for someone to complete the trail is 90 minutes, according to the KDA. You can go on a tour at each distillery, which takes around an hour and a half.

How much does it cost?

The cost will differ depending on how many distilleries you visit. There is an admission fee to visit each distillery.  

How do I tour the Bourbon Trail?

Hop in a car and drive to each of the distilleries. If a distillery is within walking distance, you can do that, too!

Can you Uber the trail?

Yes, you can take an Uber to each of the distilleries.

How much does it cost?

The cost will differ depending on how many distilleries you visit. There is an admission fee to visit each distillery.  

How do I tour the Bourbon Trail?

Hop in a car and drive to each of the distilleries. If a distillery is within walking distance, you can do that, too!

Can you Uber the trail?

Yes, you can take an Uber to each of the distilleries.

Where should I get a Bourbon Trail passport?

You can get your passport for the trail here. The passport allows you to keep track and get stamps for each of the distilleries you visit.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable and casual attire when visiting the distilleries.

Can you have a Bourbon Trail bachelor party?

Yes, you can have whatever kind of party or celebration you want when visiting these distilleries (so long as you're respectful). If you have 10 or more people going on the tour with you, call ahead to make sure the distilleries can accommodate you. 

What's the history behind the trail?

The KBA started the trail in 1999 to celebrate the history and heritage of bourbon. According to the KDA, 95% of the world's bourbon or "American's Official Native Spirit" is produced by Kentucky. 

Where should I stay?

If you're looking for a place that gives you easy access to any of the distilleries on the trail, then check out our list of bed and breakfasts that are part of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky.