In a city once rich with distilleries, Town Branch Distillery is the first new distillery built in Lexington, Kentucky in over 100 years. Town Branch, named after the river that runs through Lexington, is unique to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail as it’s the only combination distillery and brewery – this is the only stop on the trail in which you will get to sample beer as well as bourbon!
The distilling roots grow deep at Town Branch. The company’s founder Pearse Lyons was born in Ireland and cultivated his love and knowledge for whiskey for many years as a biochemist for Irish Distillers. The company operates the distillery in Lexington as well as one in Ireland. Ironically, the still in the US are made in Scotland and the stills in the Ireland are made by Vendome Copper & Brass in Kentucky.
Town Branch Distillery tours are offered Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours start every hour on the hour, with the last tour at 4 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m. Tours start every hour on the hour, with the last tour at 4 p.m.
Town Branch Distillery Craft Spirits
Town Branch® Bourbon – Aged in new, charred white oak barrels, Town Branch is infused with a golden amber honey color, which is an inviting introduction to this masterfully crafted bourbon. Pleasant woody and oaky aromas lead into caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and hints of cherry. The lavish and complex flavors are smooth and sweet with a gentle warming leading to a long finish. Named for the Town Branch waterway upon which Lexington was founded and once was the site of much bourbon production, Town Branch® Bourbon celebrates Lexington’s rich distilling history.
Town Branch Rye® – Distilled by our nation’s first president at Mount Vernon and the most popular whiskey until Prohibition, rye whiskey is being revived with Town Branch Rye — a style of whiskey with a history as rich as its flavor. As the original spirit in a Whiskey Sour or an Old Fashioned, rye whiskey is still chosen by the most discerning spirits connoisseurs for its spicy, robust flavor. Enjoy the spicy floral aroma, then the light, spicy rye notes of vanilla and oak finishing with a peppery, warm dry finish.
Bluegrass Sundown® – Reminiscent of the famed Irish coffee, but with a decidedly Kentucky spin, Bluegrass Sundown® is a dark roasted coffee infused with Kentucky bourbon and sugar. Boiling water is simply added to the delectable liqueur to release the flavors and aromas. Topped with a delicate layer of heavy cream, Bluegrass Sundown is an ideal finish to a special evening.
Pearse Lyons Reserve® – Pearse Lyons Reserve® symbolizes the passion of its founder and master distiller, Irishman Dr. Pearse Lyons. Distilled in dual copper pot stills from Scotland, Pearse Lyons Reserve is the first malt whiskey produced in Kentucky since 1919. Pearse Lyons Reserve offers notes of molasses and brown sugar with a touch of nutmeg and vanilla. The taste is smooth and spicy, then fades to reveal tart notes of lemon crème and molasses. Aged in spent bourbon barrels that have also been used to age the brewery’s flagship Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®, Pearse Lyons Reserve® picks up a unique taste from these barrels.