Horse Capital of the World
When riding along the gently bending hills of the Bluegrass and admiring a patchwork scheme of horse farms surrounding Lexington, you might begin to agree with American pioneer Daniel Boone’s famous words: “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.” The secret to the region’s undeniable beauty lies underneath its blue-tinted grass. The limestone-rich source of water that nourishes world-class horses also supplies Bourbon makers with an ingredient that only nature can perfect.
In the mid-1800s, Lexington’s Manchester Street was a major hub of Kentucky’s Bourbon distilling industry. But for many decades during the 20th century, Bourbon making was absent in urban Lexington. Now, an influx of new distilleries has ended the Bourbon drought, revitalizing a Kentucky tradition and putting downtown Lexington back on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail map.
- Barrel House Distilling Company
- Bluegrass Distillers
- James E. Pepper Distillery
- Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
- Town Branch Distillery
Beyond the Distillery
There is also a vibrant craft-brewing scene with breweries located throughout the city: