The American Whiskey Trail is a tourism initiative brought to you by the Distilled Spirits Council – DISCUS, its member companies, affiliate members and Historic Mount Vernon. The Trail is an educational journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America.
From the colonial era, where Whiskey had an important economic and social function in the fabric of the community, to the Whiskey Rebellion, through Prohibition and into modern times, spirits have played a sometimes controversial but always fascinating role in our nation’s history.
On the trail, you will find many of America’s most famous operating distilleries as well as important historic sites connected to the history of distilling and spirits in our country. The Gateway to the American Whiskey Trail is George Washington’s Distillery at Historic Mount Vernon. Each site along the trail has a unique story to tell.
Angel’s Envy Distillery – Angel’s Envy is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels and created by legendary Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson. Much like the distillery, it’s a masterpiece. Now you’re invited to see how it’s made, and then taste why.
Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller – Originally opened on Derby Day in 1935 and reopened to the public in the fall of 2014, the Stitzel-Weller Distillery is one of the true cathedrals of American whiskey.
George Dickel Distillery – George Dickel’s legacy lives on through the Tennessee Whisky that bears his name. For more than a century, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky has been handmade by a small team, ensuring every step of the process is consistent and precise with a human touch.
George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill – George Washington operated one of the largest whiskey distilleries in early America, producing 11,000 gallons in 1799. Archaeological and historical research was conducted on the property in 1997. The site of the Distillery was excavated by Mount Vernon’s archaeologists between 1999 and 2006. The reconstruction began in 2005 and was completed in 2007. George Washington’s Distillery is the only distillery in the nation to demonstrate the process of whiskey making as it was carried out in 18th-century America. Together with Mount Vernon’s farm site, gristmill and education center, the Distillery teaches visitors about Washington’s entrepreneurial spirit and his innovative approach to making whiskey.
High West Distillery – Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, High West’s passion is crafting delicious and distinctive whiskeys and helping people appreciate whiskey all in the context of our home, the American West.
Jack Daniel Distillery – Registered by Jack Daniel in 1866, the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, TN is the oldest registered distillery in the United States, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016. The town of Lynchburg is the seat of Moore County, the smallest county in Tennessee.
Jim Beam American Stillhouse – Nestled in the rolling foothills of Clermont, Kentucky, the Jim Beam® American Stillhouse offers an intimate look the world’s No. 1 bourbon.
Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse – Opened in October 2015, the Jim Beam® Urban Stillhouse marks the first visitor center extension for the world’s No. 1 selling bourbon.
Maker’s Mark Distillery – Visit the campus-like setting of the Maker’s Mark® Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky on the banks of Hardin’s Creek. Established in 1805 as a gristmill distillery, Maker’s Mark® is the oldest working distillery on its original site – and a National Historic Landmark.
Smooth Ambler Distillery – Smooth Ambler is located in the heart of Appalachia, an area of the U.S. which has always been famous for whiskey. Smooth Ambler engrains the union of hard work and uncompromising quality, culminating in the world class whiskeys they produce.
Wild Turkey Distillery – Premium Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has been distilled on Wild Turkey Hill for generations. Perched 275 feet above the Kentucky River, the Wild Turkey Distillery’s breathtaking location makes it an exciting tour stop.
Woodford Reserve Distillery – Located in the heart of Kentucky’s horse country, the Woodford Reserve Distillery is a National Historic Landmark. Between its rich history and the Bourbon distilled there today, it has quite a story to tell. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the scenic Distillery grounds from the tasting room which is lined with copper stools. Offering a variety of educational tours that explain the history of bourbon, how Woodford Reserve is unique at all five sources of flavor, the bottling process, and much more.