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Kentucky's Best Bourbon Whiskey

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There's Nothing Like Original Kentucky Bourbon

Bourbon Whiskey, America’s only Native Spirit, has its roots in Kentucky where distillers have been crafting batches large and small since the 18th century and thus perfecting it for 200 years.

Louisville is both a gateway city and the culinary capital of Bourbon Country where you’ll find urban bourbon distilleries and bourbon bars ranging from the historic to the hip, from household brand names to the smallest of small batch handcrafted Kentucky Bourbon.

Your visit to Louisville simply will not be complete without a few samplings of our signature beverage. Luckily, there are more than a few ways to whet your whistle with authentic Kentucky Bourbon. For starters, check out our own Bourbon Country & Urban Bourbon Trail tour itinerary.  

Louisville Urban Bourbon Trail

Louisville has been home to Bourbon distillers since the city’s founding in 1780 and today you’ll find your taste for Bourbon on Louisville’s vibrant Urban Bourbon Trail that visits 34 restaurants and bars in downtown Louisville. Pick up your Urban Bourbon Trail passport at the Louisville Visitors Centerlocated at Fourth and Jefferson Streets in downtown Louisville or at any of the participating stops. Visit just six of the stops and collect an Urban Bourbon Trailblazer t-shirt.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail ® Tour

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a regional tour of nine world-renowned Bourbon distilleries including: Bulleit Experience at Stitzel-Weller, Four Roses Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Heaven Hill Heritage Center, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Maker’s Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey Bourbon, and Woodford Reserve. As with the Urban Bourbon Trail, your participation is rewarded with a gift.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail ® Craft Tour

Nine micro-distilleries make up the younger The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Your travel to all of them is rewarded with a classic Kentucky julep cup upon completion.

Signature Bourbon Events

In additions to trails and tours, there is something celebrating Kentucky’s unique bourbon culture nearly every day in Bourbon Country. These are some of the annual events you may want to plan your next vacation around. For more, visit www.bourboncountry.com.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Held each September in nearby Bardstown, Kentucky, Kentucky Bourbon Festival welcomes visitors to the “Bourbon Capital of the World” for six days of history, heritage, culture, cuisine, and of course a celebration of all things Bourbon. From tastings and tours to demonstrations and auctions, Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown is less than a one hour drive from downtown Louisville and well worth the trip!

The Bourbon Classic

Designed for both the Bourbon Connoisseur and Enthusiast, the Bourbon Classic is a weekend event that delivers Bourbon and culinary education and entertainment featuring Master Distillers, chefs and bartenders from the heart of Bourbon Country and across the US, educational sessions and tastings. February 20 -21, 2015 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

Kentucky Bourbon Affair

The Kentucky Distillers' Association hosts the Kentucky Bourbon Affair, an exclusive bourbon showcase, in Louisville June 3 – 7, 2015. Guests will immerse themselves in Kentucky's bourbon history and heritage. Experiences will include personal time with master distillers, working in an age-old rickhouse, blending your own small batch bourbon straight from the barrel, sampling bourbon from the very first barrels of hand-crafted brands and more.

The Bourbon Social

The Bourbon Social is a three-day celebration of Bourbon craft and culture for bourbon enthusiasts and newcomers to come together and celebrate bourbon and all things Kentucky. Held each October in Lexington.

The Bourbon Chase

Held each October, this 200-mile journey across the Bluegrass State  through historic bourbon distilleries, horse farms and small Kentucky towns culminates in Lexington. Teams sell out quickly for The Bourbon Chase each year.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

In 2014, the half marathon was rebranded the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon with a 13.1-mile course that pours through the settings that make Louisville unique – starting at the historic Whiskey Row, and finishing on Main Street in front of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, showcasing 200 years of bourbon heritage and culture in Louisville.