Bourbon Industry

Lexington craft distillery added to Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour

Bluegrass Distillers, a Lexington-based craft bourbon distillery, has been added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.
Bluegrass Distillers, a Lexington-based craft bourbon distillery, has been added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Bluegrass Distillers

Two new bourbon craft distilleries — including one in Lexington — have been added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

Bluegrass Distillers, 501 West Sixth Street, joins Boone County Distilling Co. in Independence as the latest additions to the tour, which now includes 13 stops.

The tour was created in 2012 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, which also is responsible for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The tour features up-and-coming brands of craft bourbons.

Bluegrass Distillers offers bourbon, Kentucky rye whiskey and an unaged spirit it calls Blue Dog Whiskey, and it uses Kentucky ingredients. It opened in 2015 and was founded by Nate Brown, Sam Rock and Matt Montgomery.

“We are pleased to continue to do our part to honor the tradition of Kentucky by making our craft spirit right here in the heart of the Bluegrass,” Brown said in a news release.

Other distilleries on the craft tour include the Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, Barrel House Distillery in Lexington, Corsair Distillery in Bowling Green, Hartfield & Company Distillery in Paris, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company in Louisville, Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, MB Roland Distillery in Pembroke, New Riff Distilling in Newport, The Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville, Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville and Willett Distillery in Bardstown.

More than 175,000 stops were made on the tour last year.

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