7 Micro-Distilleries Added To Bourbon Trail

Oct 12, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A tourism attraction celebrating one of Kentucky’s signature industries got significantly bigger today by going small.    Seven of the state’s so-called micro or craft distilleries have now been added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. 

Governor  Steve Beshear joined in a toast Friday in Lexington to announce the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

"This is going to exponentially increase what's going to happen in the Commonwealth in terms of tourism, and in terms of knowledge about our signature industry.  And the more people that learn about it, the more people that taste it, the more our economic growth is going to happen."

Chris Morris, with Woodford Reserve, says the more the merrier.

"In two or three days you can visit the seven distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and visitors to the Commonwealth have been asking, what else is there?  We'd like to see more.  So by adding the craft tour experience to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, it's going to lengthen and widen the trail from one end of Kentucky to the other and it's going to make people stay longer, spend more money and experience more of Kentucky.  So it's going to be a win/win for everybody."

The KDA says participating  distillers on the trail have logged some 2 million visits in the last five years with guests from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.

The seven craft distilleries on the tour are Barrel House Distilleries in Lexington, Corsair Artisan Distillery in Bowling Green, Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, MB Roland Distillery in Pembroke, Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville, Trail Distillery in Hardin and Willett Distillery in Bardstown.