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. Some of the most famous distilleries are tucked away in the scenic Bluegrass region, which is home to nearly seventy distilleries and responsible for 95 percent of all of America's bourbon production. Locals and tourists alike continue to seek out the world's finest whiskeys in Kentucky as interest in America's only native spirit continues to grow.
In Kentucky Bourbon Country, now in its third edition, Susan Reigler offers updated, essential information and practical advice to anyone considering a trip to the state's distilleries (including the state's booming craft distillery sector) or the restaurants and bars on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Featuring more than two hundred 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.
Bourbon Basics: Made in America
How to Taste Bourbon
Louisville: The Beginning of Bourbon Country
Bourbon Balls and Beyond
Shelbyville, Frankfort, and Midway: Jeptha Creed and Bulleit
Barrels and Cooperages
Lexington and Horse Country: Town Branch
The Master Distiller
Lawrenceburg: Four Roses and Wild Turkey
Not Just the Angels' Share
Bardstown: The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Lux Row Distillers, Barton 1792, Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center, Willett Distillery, Maker's Mark, and Jim Beam
How to Buy Your Own Barrel of Bourbon
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour
Appendix A: More Resources for Bourbon Lovers
Appendix B: Bourbon Retailers
Glossary: The Bourbon Lexicon
"Deeply researched and thoroughly indexed, this guide should satisfy any thirsty and curious visitor to the Bluegrass State." -- Publishers Weekly
"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
"Guests can easily carry this splendid Kentucky tourist manual while looking for a distillery to visit or other delightful Kentucky attractions." -- The Southeastern Librarian
" 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