Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide
Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide, second edition
Like wine lovers who dream of traveling to Bordeaux or beer enthusiasts with visions of the breweries of Belgium, bourbon lovers plan their pilgrimages to Kentucky’s bourbon country. And what a country it is! Some of the most famous distilleries are tucked away in the scenic countryside of the Bluegrass region, stretching between Louisville, Bardstown, and Lexington. Locals and tourists alike seek out the finest flavors of Kentucky as interest in America’s only native spirit continues to grow.
In Kentucky Bourbon Country, Susan Reigler offers essential information and practical advice to anyone considering a trip to the state’s distilleries or to the restaurants and bars on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Featuring more than 150 full-color photographs and a bourbon glossary, the book is organized by region and provides valuable details about the Bluegrass—including attractions near each distillery and notes on restaurants, lodging, shopping, and seasonal events in Kentucky’s beautiful historic towns.
In addition to providing knowledge about each point of interest, Kentucky Bourbon Country weaves in little-known facts about the region’s best-kept secrets, such as the historic distillery used as a set in the movie Stripes and the surprising ingredient in the mint juleps served at the Kentucky Derby. Whether you’re interested in visiting the place where your favorite bourbon is made or hoping to discover exciting new varieties, this handy and practical guide discovering the best of bourbon.
Susan Reigler, award-winning former restaurant critic and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal, is the author of The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks and coauthor of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.
Pam Spaulding, a veteran photographer and photojournalist, is the photographer of The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.
A must read for anyone who wants to travel and truly experience bourbon country. -- Albert Schmid, author of the Gourmand-Award winning The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook
This book brings the experience of bourbon under one cover, offering the reader a tour guide including what is to be learned at a given distillery, where to stay, cuisine to sample locally, and additional historical sites that give a flavor of the community. -- Richard Taylor, former Kentucky Poet Laureate
It’s clear that Reigler and Spaulding thought long and hard about what a bourbon-oriented visitor would want to know and see, which they present with the confidence only an insider can pull off. -- Charles K. Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey
Finally we have a serious study of America’s first, only, and great noble spirit. This is a tale of legends and history, beautiflly illustrated, and it’s hard to believe any book on the subject will surpass it." -- John Mariani, author of The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink
"An incredible journey through the heart of Kentucky bourbon country! Susan truly captures the essence and flavor of the Kentucky bourbon experience. There has never been a more comprehensive guide created purely for the bourbon lover touring our state." -- Peggy Noe Stevens
Bourbon lovers will find a vacation in a binding with this wonderful book, whether or not the car ever leaves the driveway; for travelers, it's the perfect planning guide. Folks less enamored of bourbon will still enjoy the history and geography lessons learned, as well as the glorious art. -- Lousiville Courier-Journal
Like wine lovers who dream of traveling to Bordeaux or beer enthusiasts with visions of the breweries of Belgium, bourbon lovers plan their pilgrimages to Kentucky's bourbon country. And what a country it is! Some of the most famous distilleries are tucked away in the scenic countryside of the Bluegrass region, stretching between Louisville, Bardstown, and Lexington. Locals and tourists alike seek out the finest flavors of Kentucky, as interest in America's only native spirit continues to grow. -- Skirt Magazine -- Pam Spaulding -- Skirt Magazine
It is the ultimate guide not only for bourbon lovers who want to plan their pilgrimage to visit their favorite distillery, but also for anyone who wants to know more about bourbon and the companies which make them. -- Booksworld.com
Kentucky Bourbon Country leapfrogs internet travel sites and gives a comprehensive travel guide that digs deep into each Kentucky region. . . . As a Kentuckian, I'm thrilled with how Reigler explores not only bourbon, but takes you inside several relatively unknown destinations. -- Whisky Advocate