Start your Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® passport at New Riff Distilling. Discover how New Riff is putting their own modern spin on an age-old tradition, making high quality Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. If time allows, book a limited Barrel Proof or Inside the Lab tour to see their west campus and taste some special offerings in their sensory lab. Don’t leave the New Riff parking lot without dropping into the Party Source and filling up your cart with some nectar of the gods. Party Source is one of the country’s largest liquor stores with more than 20,000 brands to choose from. They strive to carry every Bourbon produced in Kentucky, and have over 50 private barrel selections available for purchase.
Just a few miles away you will find Second Sight Spirits, a small distillery with a huge entertainment factor. Founded by two industrial designers that left the Vegas strip for the thriving metropolis of Ludlow, Kentucky, Second Sight makes a variety of spirits on a self-engineered, one-of-a-kind still that has to be seen to be believed. Good fortune awaits next door at their tasting and events room, so check their calendar often for offerings only Carus and Rick could imagine.
Just a short drive south from Second Sight will bring you to the Boone County Distilling Co. Boone County Distilling has taken up the tradition of a distillery that once was located only miles from the current facility. Stop in to see why their spirits are “made by ghosts” and sample their Kentucky Bourbon, Bourbon Cream and their White Whiskey, Tanner’s Curse.
Keep heading south to Sparta, home of the Kentucky Speedway, and drop in on the Neeley Family Distillery to see what 11 generations of distilling heritage looks like. Founder Royce Neeley’s parents caught him distilling moonshine in his college dorm room and encouraged him to turn his hobby into an official licensed distillery to also include Kentucky Bourbon.
Follow the river back east to Maysville – a picturesque town nestled on the banks of the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky, just one hour from Cincinnati, Ohio. The Old Pogue Distillery operates under DSP KY-3 by fifth and sixth generations of the Pogue family whose ancestors began operations in Maysville in 1876. Old Pogue makes only Kentucky Bourbon and rye whiskies using their time-honored family recipes. Be sure to make an online tour reservation at Old Pogue as walk-ins are not always available. If you arrive without a reservation or just want to extend your tour, be sure to visit the Old Pogue Experience located at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville.