KBT® COVID19 FAQS
You can expect distillery workers to be wearing gloves and masks, and we strongly recommend that you wear a mask, too. There will be frequent and enhanced cleanings, so we appreciate your patience as tour times may be adjusted for these necessary precautions. Distilleries are required, just like other businesses under the Governor’s “Healthy at Work” guidance, to enforce CDC social distancing requirements and limit their indoor tours, retail and tasting spaces to one-third capacity. You might be asked to let distillery gift shop workers handle bottles or other frequently touched areas. And, expect to see plenty of hand sanitizer stations!
Yes! And some will even ship it to your door. Click here for more info.
While each distillery tour is unique, plan on spending at least an hour and a half at each to tour, taste, and visit the gift shop. Many distilleries offer extended and abbreviated tours in addition to the standard one hour tour. If you’re interested in times for a specific distillery tour, visit the Distilleries page on our website.
Yes, all distilleries charge a minimal admission fee for tours. Some distilleries have abbreviated or extended specialty tours that vary in cost. Please visit the Distilleries page to see pricing then call ahead for availability. One note, Four Roses, Jim Beam, and Town Branch have two locations to choose from for your stamp page–you only need one but you are welcome to visit both!
If there are 10 or more people in your group, please call ahead to the distilleries to give them a heads up.
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. You must be 21 participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Passport Program.
All distilleries offer a tasting at the end of the standard tour. Some offer tasting-only tours. Check the Distilleries page for more info.
Yes, most distilleries offer complimentary water, lemonade or other non-alcoholic refreshments.
KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL® GENERAL
That depends. At this time, there are only a handful of reciprocal states that allow shipping from Kentucky distilleries. It also depends on whether common carriers like UPS, FedEx and others are shipping to that state. If you determine that your state does not allow shipping reciprocity for spirits, we strongly encourage you to contact lawmakers in your state and ask them to pass legislation allowing spirits to be shipped there.
However, there are other ways to get bottles back home:
- You may pack distilled spirits under 140 proof (70% abv) in your checked baggage. Please ensure that the bottle is packed carefully so it doesn’t break and waste our great whiskey!
- The KDA also has worked with Kentucky’s three major airports (Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati) to create Bourbon bottle shops inside security. You can find most of our top brands there, which you can carry on the plane.
Some KBTTM distilleries still observe a summer shutdown to conduct essential maintenance. Full tours are still available during these times, but you may not see Bourbon being produced. Please visit each distilleries’ website for full details.
While KBT™ distilleries make every effort to comply with all legal building code requirements, visitors should contact each distillery individually with specific accessibility questions.
The Kentucky Distillers’ Association & Kentucky Bourbon Trail Firearms Policy states that Kentucky state law prohibits firearms on distillery property (KRS 244.125 and 237.110).
Wilderness Trail Distillery (Danville) moved from the KBT Craft Tour onto the KBT™ Passport in early 2020. You may still get your Craft Tour stamp at Wilderness Trail and receive your completion gifts, but it is not required for completion of the region/book.