Cyclists interested in bourbon have prompted the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to partner with the Bluegrass Cycling Club to come up with a "bike-able" Bourbon Trail.
Maps and cue sheets can be downloaded from Kybourbontrail.com or Bgcycling.org. Three trail itineraries are offered: a short, three-distillery tour that's about 50 miles long; and two six-distillery tours, one that's 114 miles and a second that's 147 miles.
"We've been surprised at the growing number of requests for bicycling routes," said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers Association. "So we turned to the experts who know the rural roads and who know the roads that work best for bicyclists."
Pam Thomas, secretary of the non-profit cycling club, said, "Members of the Bluegrass Cycling Club are thrilled to be involved in the development of bike routes that guide riders to individual member distilleries comprising the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour."
Created by the KDA in 1999, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour features six distilleries: Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.