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 Bluegrass region stretching between Louisville, Bardstown, and Lexington. Locals and tourists alike seek out the world's finest whiskeys in 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 200 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 fates of used bourbon barrels. 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 is the key to enjoying the best of bourbon.
"Finally we have a serious study of America's first, only, and great noble spirit. This is a tale of legends and history, beautifully 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
"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." -- Louisville Courier-Journal
"It's clear that Reigler and Spaulding thought long and hard about what a bourbon-oriented visitor would want to know and see, and they present their findings with the confidence only an insider can pull off." -- Charles K. Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey
" 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
"The book is an essential resource for bourbon fans planning a pilgrimage." -- Courier Journal
"This work reveals wonderful areas to visit in Kentucky and the making of Kentucky bourbon. Kentucky guests can easily carry this splendid Kentucky tourist manual while looking for a distillery to visit or other delightful Kentucky attractions." -- Southeastern Librarian