Kentucky Micro-distilleries Add Diversity to the Bourbon Trail

on 11/01/11 at 10:09 am

Spirits

There’s more to distilleries in Kentucky than the famous Bourbon Trail around Bardstown and Frankfort.

Micro-distilleries that craft small batches of bourbon, malt whiskey, vodka, gin, moonshine and other spirits have sprung up recently in western Kentucky and Lexington. Like historic bourbon distilleries such as Jim Beam and Makers Mark, micro-distilleries offer free tours for visitors and free tastings for those over 21.

Besides provding a fresh take on spirits production in Kentucky, visiting these smaller distilleries in places like Pembroke, Bowling Green, Lexington and Owensboro can bring you in touch with different faces of the Bluegrass state.

In the past five years, nearly two million people from all 50 states and more than 50 countries have visited the six distilleries on the Bourbon Trail. Operators of the newer distilleries are hoping to emulate this success on a smaller scale.

MB Roland Distillery in Pembroke, Ky., near the Tennessee border, and Corsair Artisan Distillery in Bowling Green have introduced craft distilling to southwestern Kentucky. Both opened within the past two years.

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