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Bardstown – birthplace of bourbon – named official trailhead of Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Bardstown, known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, has been designated the first-ever “Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail” to showcase its rich history surrounding America’s only native spirit.

Adam Johnson, Director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, said Bardstown is a major launching point for thousands of Kentucky Bourbon Trail visitors looking to sample the spirit of the Commonwealth’s second oldest city.

“Bardstown is one of the legendary homes of Kentucky Bourbon, with landmark distilleries such as Heaven Hill, Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark all within a short drive, as well as Willett and several of our craft distillery partners,” Johnson said.

“Bardstown’s Southern hospitality, charming restaurants and historic surroundings have made visitors feel at home for more than 225 years. We proudly welcome them as our first official trailhead.”

As part of this recognition, visitors who finish tours at all seven Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries can now pick up their commemorative T-shirt in Bardstown instead of waiting for mail delivery. Starting May 1, travelers can redeem their Kentucky Bourbon Trail-stamped Passport at the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission at One Court Square in the heart of downtown.

“We’re excited about being named the first official trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour,” said Dawn Przystal, vice president of Tourism Expansion and Marketing for Bardstown.

For more information about Bardstown, click here.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour, created by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in 1999, is a firsthand and educational exploration into the art and science behind crafting the world’s finest Bourbon. The journey features Four Roses and Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg; Heaven Hill in Bardstown; Jim Beam in Clermont; Maker’s Mark in Loretto; Town Branch in Lexington and Woodford Reserve in Versailles.

Click here for directions, tour hours, events and more information.

“Bardstown is synonymous with Bourbon,” said KDA President Eric Gregory. “We’re excited to have them as a premium partner and the first official trailhead of our unique, world-class distillery experience.”

Kentucky is the birthplace of Bourbon, producing 95 percent of the world’s supply, generating $2 billion in gross state product, providing 9,000 jobs with an annual payroll of $415 million and creating $126 million in local and state tax revenue every year.

From KDA

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