5 Unusual Bourbon Tours Worth Getting In On

Bourbon tourism in Kentucky can be whatever you want to make it, for the most part.  Kids can do distillery tours and fitness buffs can do distillery tours.  It’s not just for bachelor parties- there’s something for everyone.  Sometimes you want something a little different in your bourbon tourism, and Kentucky distilleries have you covered.

Buffalo Trace tour

Tours are common in bourbon country, but there are a few which are quite unique. (image via Buffalo Trace)

Here are 5 unusual distillery bourbon tours in bourbon country worth your consideration:

  1. Buffalo Trace offers a ghost tour of the distillery grounds. It’s said the spirit of Colonel Blanton, who died on the grounds in 1959, still lingers there.  The distillery was even featured on the popular television show “Ghost Hunters.”  This tour is complimentary and is available Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m.  (Reservations required)
  2. Take a trip back to Prohibition times in the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience’s Speakeasy. You enter through the vault door, but only with the proper password.  This tour is available on weekends only.
  3. Maker’s Mark After Dark is a special tour conducted by Mint Julep Tours. The bus leaves The Galt House at 1 and returns at 7:30, so you can leave the driving to them and enjoy the beautiful Kentucky scenery.  The special behind-the-scenes tour includes appetizers and cocktails.
  4. The Behind The Beam tour at Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont includes not only a behind the scenes look at the multi-generational family distillery, but also a chance to meet Master Distiller Fred Noe.
  5. If you have both bourbon and beer lovers in your group, take a tour of Town Branch’s one-of-a-kind “brewstillery.” This part bourbon-distillery, part beer brewery is well known for its bourbon and rye barrel aged beers.


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