How long does it take to tour all of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries? While we encourage you to relax and enjoy your trip, we know that proper planning is a necessity. That said, you should allow at least two to three days to visit all seven of our historic distilleries. Check out the tour times for each distillery on the distillery pages of the web site. Or ride stress-free with our friends at Mint Julep Tours.
How long are the tours? Each distillery’s tour is unique, and some offer specialty tours that can take longer. You should plan on spending at least an hour and a half at each distillery to tour and visit the gift shop and tasting room. If you’re interested in times for a specific distillery tour, we encourage you to call ahead.
How far are the distilleries from each other? Some are as close as eight miles and others are as far as 70 miles. Check out the Map and Guide section of our web site for driving directions and distances between distilleries. And remember— this is Kentucky. The scenery is beautiful.
How do I complete the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Passport? Collect stamps at all seven distilleries to earn a free Kentucky Bourbon Trail® T-shirt when you submit your completed Passport. Your Passport will be shipped back to you along with the shirt. Please include your T-shirt size. Shirts come in adult male sizes from small to 3XL. Please mail your completed Passport to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, 838 East High Street, Suite 165, Lexington, KY 40502. Or even better and faster, you can get your shirts immediately at the Bardstown Welcome Center of the Shepherdsville Welcome Center.
Where can I find directions to the distilleries? Check out the Map and Guide section of our web site for complete driving directions to each distillery. We’ve been told that some GPS devices aren’t completely accurate for providing directions. Ours have been tested and driven. Trust us. And keep in mind that sometimes cell service can get dodgy on the beautiful backroads of Kentucky.
Is there an admission fee? Tours are free at Wild Turkey and Four Roses. Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Town Branch, and Heaven Hill charge a minimal admission fee. Some distilleries have specialty tours that carry charges, as well. Please see the distillery pages of our web site to see which distilleries offer specialty tours and for pricing, then call ahead for costs and availability.
What about tours for large groups? If there are 10 or more people in your group, please call ahead to the distilleries that you plan to visit to give them a head’s up.
Where should I start my visit to the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour? Anywhere! The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is not a geographic route – so there is no official beginning or end to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour. You’re free and welcome to start in any one of our landmark distilleries or historic communities. Our Trip Planner section can also assist you.
Are people under 21 allowed to take tours? All distilleries require you to be at least 21 to sample their products if they offer tastings, but anyone is welcome to tour the distilleries.
Are reservations needed or required? General tours don’t require reservations, but please call ahead if your tour group has 10 or more people. Specialty tours require reservations. Check out the distillery pages of our web site for more information.
Do distilleries offer samples? All seven distilleries offer a tasting at the end of the tour.
Can you buy Bourbon at the distilleries? Under Kentucky law, visitors can purchase up to three liters per customer, per day at the gift shop.
Will the 2013 Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Passport be different than the 2012 Passport? The Passport won’t change, but the 2013 Kentucky Bourbon Trail® t-shirt has a new design and color. All completed Passports received after January 1, 2013 will receive the 2013 not-sold-in-stores shirt. And remember – you can always tour our member distilleries again and submit a new completed Passport to get this year’s t-shirt!
Can I get a non-alcoholic beverage at a distillery? Yes, most distilleries offer complimentary water, lemonade or other non-alcoholic refreshments. Please ask your tour guide.
How can I get directions to other distilleries if I’m already on the road? Each Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distillery has printed directions to the other stops. Ask one of our friendly distillery workers for printed directions to your next location.
Can I mail more than one completed Passport in the same envelope? Yes. But for shipping purposes, we must return each Passport and T-shirt in a separate envelope.
Are there any times during the year that distilleries aren’t in full production mode? Several distilleries limit production for essential maintenance during some summer months. Full tours are still available during these times, but you probably won’t see Bourbon being produced. Please visit each distilleries’ website for full details.
Why isn’t every distillery represented on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour? You must be a member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in order to participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour or the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour™.
Are the distilleries handicap accessible? While Kentucky Distillers’ Association members make every effort to comply with all legal building code requirements, visitors should contact each distillery individually with specific accessibility questions.