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There's nothing like original Kentucky Bourbon.
Bourbon has its roots in Kentucky where distillers have been crafting batches large and small since the 18th century and thus perfecting it for over 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 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 Center located 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 and become officially certified!
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.
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.
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.