Author: myoldkentuckyroadtrip

Launching ‘The State of Bourbon’

It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month–celebrating America’s only native spirit. So what better time to launch the newest book from the My Old Kentucky Road Trip team? Our friends at Barrel House Distilling in Lexington hosted the launch party for The State of Bourbon: Exploring the Spirit of Kentucky on September 1, and it was a blast! Barrel House Distilling is one of 13 (for now) micro-distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Their tour does not disappoint! The Barrel House team takes you inside and up-close to their process, which uses the only (legal) direct-heat still in the country. It certainly doesn’t hurt that their Elkhorn Tavern serves some amazing food and cocktails too…

A Road Trip to Fancy Farm

If you’re willing to make the drive to Graves County this weekend, be sure to wear something that’s NOT red or blue—unless you’re ready to rally for your favorite political candidate. The average church picnic  conjures up images of potluck suppers, neighbors sharing a picnic table, or children playing across the lawn. When you attend St. Jerome Catholic Church’s Annual Picnic in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, fellowship and meals shared among friends becomes a loud, raucous political rally, where the color red or blue obligates you to cheer (or jeer) the candidates delivering their stump speeches underneath the Lyin’ Tree.  Ongoing as a church and charity fundraiser since 1880, St. Jerome’s Annual Picnic and BBQ, known simply as “Fancy Farm” across the Commonwealth, captures the full attention of the nation during contentious election years. Upwards of 15,000 people attend annually and consume more than 18,000 pounds of BBQ mutton and pork while listening to candidates speechifying from the platform. The largest recorded attendance was in 1992, when nearly 20,000 people turned out to see Bill Clinton …