The way they tell it around here, it all started with Elijah Craig. In 1789, the Baptist minister was the first to age bourbon in oak barrels. That technique, and the spirit that flowed forth, has helped shape Bardstown and its residents’ lives in the more than two centuries since.
Today, Bardstown is a welcoming community of 13,000 friendly folks eager to share their passion for the craft of bourbon. Visitors can tour our 11 local and regional distillery experiences, and even enjoy bourbon-inspired dining, bourbon history and bourbon shopping. Bardstown is a worthy addition to your bucket—or barrel—list.
SIP BOURBON WHERE IT’S MADE
BOURBON CAPITAL of the WORLD
6 LOCAL DISTILLERIES • ONE SHARED PURPOSE
Heaven Hill, James B Beam Distilling Co, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Preservation and Log Still distilleries have joined together to release a one-of-a-kind bourbon series celebrating their Bardstown heritage. All proceeds from the release will be donated to the Bardstown community.
Step off the beaten path and onto the
Bardstown is an Official Gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and a must-book stop for all of the rest. Nowhere in Kentucky—or the world for that matter—can you find as many bourbon distilleries in such proximity. No matter what direction you’re headed, you’ll experience scenic drives of rolling hills and rickhouses amongst bourbon’s greatest brands.
Explore the trail options, including group tours and discounts, or discover a curated experience with a Bourbon Trail guide.