Destination Distilleries: Why Bourbon Lovers Are Flocking To Bardstown, Kentucky

Get To Know The Town And The People Who Make The World’s Finest Bourbons

As the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown, Kentucky, is home to a distinguished collection of world-famous distilleries, as well as a number of newer craft distilleries. Several of these are official stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, a uniquely Kentucky experience that shows visitors the craftsmanship and tradition of the state’s signature spirit. Here are just a few of our unique distilleries to get you started. To see the rest, be sure to check out the Bourbon page here.

Lux Row Distillers

One of Bardstown’s newest distilleries, Lux Row blends timeless craft and modern innovation to create some of Kentucky’s most regarded bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Ezra Brooks, David Nicholson, Blood Oath, and the new Daviess County line. With a 43-foot custom copper still, six barrel warehouses and the capabilities to produce three million gallons of spirit a year, Lux Row Distillers is a must-see.

The tasting room at Lux Row is beautiful. And the bourbons? Delicious!

Bardstown Bourbon Company

Set on 100 acres of active farmland, this American whiskey and bourbon destination experience features a state-of-the-art distillery, vintage whiskey library and a unique educational experience. End your visit with a meal at The Kitchen & Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company, which offers expertly crafted cocktails and superb food in a hip, modern setting. (Hint: try the bourbon slushie!)

The cocktail program at the Kitchen & Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company is world-class.

Barton 1792 Distillery

The oldest continually operating distillery in Bardstown, Barton 1792 Distillery offers a unique tour experience. Situated in heart of Bardstown on 196 acres, the distillery boasts 29 barrel aging warehouses, 22 other buildings including an impressive still house, and the legendary Tom Moore Spring. All tours and tastings at Barton 1792 Distillery are free. Be sure to check out their recently moved and updated gift shop!

While Barton has many standard rickhouses, this palletized warehouse is quite unique. Barrels are stored upright, as opposed to on their sides.

Still Thirsty?

Even more distilleries await in Bardstown: the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center was redesigned in late 2019 and now features three gorgeous, unique tasting rooms. Coming in mid-2021 is phase two: a rooftop restaurant, bar, and new visitor experience. Or check out Bardstown’s newest craft distillery, Preservation Distillery, and their unique, small batch offerings. Beautiful craft distiller Willett Distillery and their relatively recent addition, The Bar at Willett, are not to be missed. The Bar at Willett is serving up small plates and premium cocktails in a gorgeous, intimate space.

True bourbon aficionados will want to pay a visit to Maker’s Mark Distillery in nearby Loretto, where they can hand-dip a bottle of Maker’s Mark Bourbon in the brand’s iconic red wax. And be sure to plan your trip to the enhanced visitor experience at legendary Jim Beam American Stillhouse when they reopen in summer of 2021.

If that’s not enough, pay attention to two more additions to the Bardstown bourbon scene currently under construction: Log Still Distillery in nearby New Hope and Old Samuels Distillery minutes outside downtown Bardstown. Log Still Distillery at Dant Crossing will be an entire campus: distillery, tasting center, premium lodging, bar, restaurant, event space, and more. Old Samuels Distillery, currently being renewed on the grounds of historic TW Samuels Distillery, will eventually offer a museum, lodging, restaurant, bar, distillery, and more. Both of these are exciting additions to an already spectacular Bardstown bourbon scene.

Our advice? Pour yourself a drink and start planning your visit to Bardstown now.