All posts tagged: bourbon

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 Taste of the Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour

We’ve somehow forgotten to mention one of the most important rules in the road trip handbook: Your voyage won’t always be planned. It was by this rule that we found ourselves relaxing on the couch one moment and driving the winding country roads — and we do mean winding — to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, just a short hour and quick gas station Diet Coke and snack mix stop later. We had guests on this road trip. Some of our best friends were visiting Kentucky from England and we jumped at the chance to show them one of Kentucky’s proudest treasures: bourbon. There are few things greater than taking a spur-of-the-moment afternoon trip that requires very little travel, even less money, loads of information, lots of fun, a bourbon tasting … and manages to get you home by dinner time. Our tour of the Maker’s Mark Distillery was a perfect Kentucky afternoon outing with our out-of-town friends. Facts you should know about Maker’s Mark bourbon Bill Samuels, Sr. cooked up the first …