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Bourbon Tours in Kentucky - See Famous Kentucky Bourbon Distillers
Exciting Tours of the Kentucky Distilling Industry
An Insider's Guide to the Origin of Bourbon
As the world’s thirst for Kentucky Bourbon grows, the state’s distilling industry also continues to grow, offering new and improved visitor experiences. New bourbon attractions are opening all of the time in Bourbon Country.
At this moment, there are more than 20 working bourbon distilleries in Kentucky that make more than 200 of your favorite brands. Most of these working bourbon distilleries offer working tours and special visitor experiences that include tastings and gift shops.
From varying recipes and yeast strains to levels of barrel char and age, each bourbon distillery practices the art of making bourbon just a little differently. You will find a unique experience in the sights, sounds and tastes of each tour as you take in the magic that is making whiskey during each of the tours highlighted below.
Each of the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries on this list, from the craft variety makers to the world’s largest producers, invite visitors to stop by to learn about their brands and have a taste.
Check out the many different bourbon experiences offered in each region of Bourbon County:
BARDSTOWN & VICINITY
Open year-round, this award-winning bourbon distillery offers complimentary tastings and tours.
Open year-round, tours include the chance to see a working rickhouse and experience tutored tastings in the barrel-shaped tasting room.
Enjoy legal moonshine in a variety of flavors, including blackberry and strawberry, after a free distillery tour.
Open year-round, this historic landmark offers free trips back in time and amazing views of some of Kentucky’s most breathtaking, natural beauty.
Offering several daily tours, this is one of Kentucky's smallest family-owned and independently operated distilleries. Bourbon is bottled by hand in small batches.
This independent distillery specializes in handcrafted batches of spirits, including gin, vodka, and whiskey, using local ingredients. Tours take place Fridays and Saturdays.
Built in 1857, this was the first distillery to operate on steam power and is the nation's oldest continuously operating distillery.
This distillery, built in 1910, features a unique, Spanish mission-style architecture rarely seen in Kentucky.
This high-end facility offers tours Monday-Saturday, and many tours allow you to meet the maker of this big bourbon brand. Tour prices vary.
LEXINGTON & VICINITY
Definitely not one to be missed, this facility is both a brewery and a distillery. Experience a behind-the-scenes look at both beer and spirit production.
This restored distillery makes rum and moonshine in addition to bourbon, all with local ingredients.
This national historic landmark is one of the oldest working bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. Tours and gift shop are open daily.
LOUISVILLE & VICINITY
Finished in port barrels, this new Louisville distillery is now open for tours on historic Whiskey Row.
Located only five miles from downtown Louisville on the historic grounds where Pappy Van Winkle was first made.
This brandy distillery earns a spot on the bourbon distillery tour list because it ages its spirits in used bourbon barrels.
This multi-million-dollar artisanal distillery celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky's first distiller and the namesake of Heaven Hill's flagship bourbon brand.
Part of Moonshine University, come and see what makes this the ideal training grounds for Bourbon enthusiasts looking to take their hobbies to the next level.
This unique distillery is a place where locals can come to distill their own products. It’s like a community garden for bourbon connoisseurs.
Recently opened in the heart of Louisville, this is a must-see attraction that complements the experiences offered at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse.
This homeplace for Louisville's first bottle of bourbon will open in late 2017.
Opening in the historic Fort Nelson building on Whiskey Row in 2018.
A craft distillery on Whiskey Row, father and son restored this industrial warehouse with their family's heritage bourbon.
Tours run Thursday-Sunday, taking visitors on an in-depth journey through the nooks and crannies of the distilling process, from grain to barrel.
Come and see a bourbon-making tradition that has been carried forward by fifth and sixth generation Pogues using original Pogue recipes. Tours are hosted by the distiller himself.
Stop by and meet the makers of small-scale, craft bourbons, moonshines and rums. Tours are offered year-round. Closed on Sundays.
Check out how Four Roses is bottled and stored, and stop by the Visitor’s Center, which features antique bottles, vintage advertising and other memorabilia from the Four Roses archives.
This 200-year-old landmark highlights the fascinating art of bourbon making, as well as the history of the First Family of bourbon.