Kentucky Distillers' Association - The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour Welcomes Four New Members

Just in time for the holidays, the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® has added four new craft trail stops. These four new stops mean you’ll want to add at least one extra day while planning your next bourbon adventure in the Bluegrass State.

Kentucky Distillers’ Association – KDA President Eric Gregory said, “The new members expand the ranks of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour to an all-time high of 23 distilleries. The KDA created the statewide journey in 2012 as the nation’s first attraction to feature the burgeoning boutique distilling movement.

“Coupled with the 18 larger-scale distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour, the KDA now boasts a record 41 immersive experiences for Bourbon and spirits lovers to enjoy when visiting Kentucky.”

The KDA founded the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour in 1999 and now welcomes more than 1 million visitors annually.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour Gets Four New Stops

The four new stops are spread out around the state and each of them features a few other distilleries nearby. We’ve included a complete list of the 23 distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour below.

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The Bard Distillery

Graham, Muhlenberg County (Start humming John Prine song here) in Western Kentucky

“Joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour was one of our main goals when we opened our distillery in late 2019,” said Kim Bard, owner of The Bard Distillery. “We could not be more thrilled to be in the company of the other great distilleries and for the continual support we receive from the KDA.”

Castle & Key Distillery

Frankfort: The Capital City in Central Kentucky.

“It is exciting to see our vision of offering guests top quality Kentucky Spirits at our iconic distillery come to life,” said Castle & Key Distillery owner Will Arvin. “We are thrilled to share our historic site with visitors and help them craft lasting memories.”

Copper & Kings American Brandy Company

Louisville, Jefferson County. The Frazier History Museum in Louisville is the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

Wait a brandy distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? Is that even legal? Yes, yes it is.

“Copper & Kings is excited to be joining the KBTCT as an American Brandy distillery deeply rooted in Bourbon Country,” said Head Distiller Brandon O’Daniel. “While our story and spirit may be different, Brandy and Bourbon have co-existed in Kentucky for a long time. We’re looking forward to progressing this spirited collaboration with the KBTCT.”

Log Still Distillery

Gethsemane, Nelson County, On the edge of Bardstown, The Bourbon Capital of the World

“Having Log Still Distillery opening for our guests, and now officially as part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, is truly special,” commented Log Still Distillery COO Lynne Dant. “This is an exciting step in the process of reviving our family distilling legacy.”

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

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour has tallied almost two million distillery tours since its inception in 2012.

“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.”

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour is divided into four regions — Northern, Central, Western and Bluegrass — with unique challenge coins commemorating the finish of each upon completion. After finishing all four regions, guests are awarded a collectible barrel stave tray to display their coins.

Here is the complete list of Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour distilleries.

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Paul Tomaszewski, co-founder and Head Distiller at MB Roland Distillery in Christian County, was one of the founding KBTCT members in 2012. He said, “Over the past ten years it has been so much fun to see distillery tourism grow with the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. With new members almost every year and old members growing, we look forward to the next ten years.”

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