Celebrate National Bourbon Day in Bardstown, The Bourbon Capital of the World! June 11 & 12, 2021

Historic Bardstown, Kentucky isn’t known as the Bourbon Capital of the World® for nothing. With 11 unique distillery experiences within 16 miles of downtown, Bardstown is the authentic home to National Bourbon Day each year. We’re hosting a celebration of all things bourbon Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, 2021. Stick around for Sunday morning, June 13, and enjoy one of many boozy brunches around town!

Check out our events below, including the second annual Bourbon City Mile, boozy brunches, and late night shopping and music in our historic downtown on Friday and Saturday evenings! Learn more about each event by clicking Event Detail. If you’re here for the bourbon, click on each distillery name under Distillery Specials to see what each of our unique distilleries is doing to celebrate that weekend! We invite you to come join us in the Bourbon Capital of the World and sample the proof for yourself.


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Lux Row Distillers has two very special days planned for our National Bourbon Day Celebration! For starters, all Lux Row tour guests on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 will receive a free sample of their Daviess County French Oak Finish product at the bar. Additionally, guests on tour will also get a fifth pour and a chance to try both Daviess County finishes. At the beautiful Lux Row bar, they will be featuring the Bardstown Bourbon Punch Cocktail for $13. You keep the glassware! Tour options below:

On Friday, June 11, do the premium Evenings with Ezra experience. This VIP experience leads you through the bourbon-making process, including a behind-the-scenes look into one of their gorgeous rickhouses. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive tasting experience featuring multiple Ezra Brooks bourbons, finished off with Ezra Bourbon Cream for dessert. At the end, enjoy an Ezra Brooks cocktail while you shop and hang out on the patio. Keep the glass when you’re finished! The Evenings with Ezra tour is $40 and may be booked here.

On Saturday, June 12, join Lux Row Distillers at their outdoor bar for specialty cocktails, neat pours, and flights! Cheers!

Come see what everyone is talking about at Heaven Hill Distillery! Check out their new footprint for the visitor center – triple the size of the original Bourbon Heritage Center and featuring a replica 1935 distillery! See the beautiful new rickhouse across the street with jaw-dropping floor to ceiling glass on the nearest corner flanked by the name “Heaven Hill.” Enjoy a guided tasting of some of their critically acclaimed American Whiskeys and Kentucky Bourbons in one of three new, iconic tasting rooms.  Finally, feel at home in their new gift shop complete with a Living Room and Kitchen vignette.

To celebrate National Bourbon Day weekend, Heaven Hill is also offering 15% off ALL branded glassware (excluding all sale items) Friday, June 11, through Sunday, June 13. Come see them in their brand new space! Link to book your space coming very soon!

The oldest continually operating distillery in all of Bardstown, Barton 1792 Distillery is offering a unique free gift for anyone who does a tour and/or tasting on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12! Additionally, anyone taking a tour on those two days will be given a very special premium pour as a little National Bourbon Day gift.

Barton 1792 Distillery offers two unique options, either a tour or tasting. The Barton Tradition Tour & Tasting is an hour-long experience that takes you through the process of distilling and aging their fine bourbon whiskey and ends with a complimentary tasting. A Taste of Barton 1792 is a complimentary tasting of some of Barton’s award-winning spirits.

All tours and tastings begin at the Barton 1792 Distillery Gift Shop & Tasting Room at 402 Cathedral Manor. Hurry up and book your tour and/or tasting today as they will sell out! Book here.

Brand new Log Still Distillery at Dant Crossing in Gethsemane, KY will be hosting Monk’s Road® Y’All! at their new state-of-the-art Tasting Room on Friday, June 11th and Saturday, June 12th. During the days from 10 am – 5 pm, the Tasting Room will be taking bookings for Tastings & Tours and anyone wearing Log Still, Dant Crossing, or Yake & Amen merch will receive a discount on additional purchases. Guests will be some of the first to try our recently released Monk’s Road® Fifth District Series 6 yr. Bourbon Whiskey.

Beginning at 5 pm each night, the Tasting Room will convert to the Bar with live music, drink specials, and food trucks. Any guest attending Friday or Saturday night wearing Log Still, Dant Crossing, or Yake & Amen Merch will also receive discounts on purchases. Book your tour and tasting here.

During our National Bourbon Day Celebration, fabulous Bardstown Bourbon Company is offering one of their tasty barrel-aged Old Fashioned cocktails to anyone on a tour Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13.

Also, join them on Friday, June 11 from 2 pm – 5 pm for outdoor tastings at their new outdoor space! You can walk right up. No need to book these!

Offering multiple unique tour options on their spectacular campus just outside downtown Bardstown, this distillery is not one to miss when in Bardstown! Choose from any one of their special tours that weekend: From Distillate to Barrel, Honey Spot Barrel Thieving, Bardstown Bourbon Company flight of bourbons, and their most exclusive experience, A Taste of Whiskey History in their beautiful vintage whiskey library! Book your tours here.

Visit Bardstown’s newest distillery experience, Old Samuels Distillery, during National Bourbon Day weekend for exclusive giveaways, meet and greet, and more! Full details below:

  • Exclusive meet and greet with new Head Distiller Lorenzo Alvarado
  • Exciting giveaways with limited edition Old Samuels swag, while supplies last
  • Historic tours with a FREE Old Samuels Mason jar!

Book your restoration tour here.

Bardstown micro-distiller Preservation Distillery has several tour and tasting options to meet your fancy on Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13. Read about their offerings below and book your experience here.

Tour & Level 1 Tasting:

-45 to 60 minute guided tour and tasting.

Educational Tasting:

-Enjoy a flight tasting and lots of bourbon talk in the Guest House!

Overproof Tasting:

-Taste an elevated flight of 4-5 exclusive bourbons and rye whiskeys, including a pour from at least one of their coveted cask strength bottles.

Come to historic downtown Bardstown to meet the one and only Freddie Noe, eighth generation Master Distiller at legendary James B. Beam Distilling Co.!

As their main visitor experience is currently undergoing renovations, Freddie will be set up in the James B. Beam popup shop on Third St., right in the heart of downtown Bardstown. He’ll be doling out tastings of special product and loves to meet fellow bourbon fans. The James B. Beam popup shop is located in downtown Bardstown at 127 N. Third St.

Friday, June 11
2 pm – 3:30 pm: Bourbon tasting and cocktail demonstration. This event is free but ticketed. This time slot is sold out.

5 pm – 6:30 pm: Bourbon tasting and cocktail demonstration. This event is free but ticketed. This time slot is sold out.

Saturday, June 12
5 pm – 6:30 pm: Bourbon tasting and cocktail demonstration. This event is free but ticketed. This time slot is sold out.

Also, come back and see the all new James B. Beam Distilling Co. campus, including the brand new Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery, when it opens in fall of 2021!