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Newest edition of Kentucky Bourbon Country guide provides a wealth of knowledge for bourbon lovers


By Hayden Gooding
University of Kentucky

Explore the culture of Kentucky bourbon and safely visit some of the most famous distilleries that are tucked away in the Bluegrass region through the University Press of Kentucky’s new edition of “Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide.”

Written by College of Communication and Information alumna Susan Reigler, the third edition of “Kentucky Bourbon Country” is complete with updated essential information and practical advice to anyone considering a trip to the state’s distilleries, restaurants or bars on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Many of the destinations mentioned in the book have revised their protocols and adjusted to COVID-19 guidelines, however, it is encouraged that traveling is planned for when the pandemic is over.

“Kentucky Bourbon Country” features more than 200 full-color photographs and a bourbon glossary. The guide is organized by region and provides valuable details about the Bluegrass including attractions located near each distillery and notes on restaurants, lodging, shopping and seasonal events in Kentucky’s 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.

Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier Journal and a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines. She has also authored or coauthored six books on bourbon, and in 2019, she was inducted into the Order of the Writ.


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