Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour Expands With Four New Distilleries Added

| December 8, 2021

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association recently started its celebration of its 10 year anniversary of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour by adding four new distilleries.

The new additions include The Bard Distillery in Graham, Muhlenberg County in Western Kentucky; Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort, the Capital City in Central Kentucky; Copper & Kings Distillery in Louisville, the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and KBT Craft Tour and Log Still Distillery in Gethsemane in Nelson County near Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World.

KDA president Eric Gregory said the new members bring the total stops on the craft bourbon tour to 23 distilleries. The KDA created the statewide journey in 2012 as the nation’s first attraction to feature the burgeoning boutique distilling movement.

Castle & Key distillery (image via Castle & Key)

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour also showcases 18 larger-scale distilleries, making 41 experiences for visitors. Since its inception, it’s created almost two million distillery tours.

“Our Kentucky Bourbon Trail experiences continue to recover and rebound quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions,” Gregory said in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to welcome these four new stops and encourage visitors to seek out this next round of additions.”

“The growth in the number of experiences and popularity of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour over the past 10 years has been phenomenal,” said Adam Johnson, Senior Director of the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Experiences. “We always look forward to adding more for our Bourbon-loving visitors to see and taste.”

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The four new experiences are featured in the 2022 edition of the Bourbon Trail Passport & Field Guide that was released over Thanksgiving weekend. It will be available for purchase at participating distilleries by mid-December.

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