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Don’t forget Dad!

Father’s Day is Sunday. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift, might I suggest a copy of “Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey”? It’s filled to the brim with facts about the history and creation of…

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Woodford Reserve

7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383. (Note: GPS will lead you to Indiana using this address; check the website below for driving directions. If you do get lost, remember that in Kentucky, we pronounce Versailles as “Ver-SALES.”) woodfordreserve.com/distillery/tours, 859-879-1812 PRODUCTS:…

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Wild Turkey

1417 Versailles Road, Lawrenceburg, KY  40342 wildturkey.com, 502-839-2182 PRODUCTS: Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Wild Turkey 81, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Kentucky Spirit, Russell’s Reserve, Russell’s Reserve Rye, Wild Turkey American Honey The Russells—father Jimmy and son Eddie—are…

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Happy National Bourbon Day*

Happy National Bourbon Day, a completely made-up holiday that obviously was not invented by a Kentuckian because a) every day here is Bourbon Day and b) if we had to choose just one day to so honor, it would not…

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Maker’s Mark

3350 Burks Spring Road, Loretto, KY 40037. (Note: If you’re using GPS, you might have to type an extra e in the street name—Burkes Spring Road.) makersmark.com/#distillery, 270-865-2099 PRODUCTS: Maker’s Mark (and Cask Strength), Maker’s 46 (and Cask Strength), Maker’s…

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Jim Beam American Stillhouse

526 Happy Hollow Road, Clermont, KY  40010 jimbeam.com/visit-the-bourbon-distillery, 502-543-9877 PRODUCTS: Jim Beam, Baker’s, Booker’s, Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek, Knob Creek Rye, Knob Creek Smoked Maple, Old Grand-Dad, Jim Beam Rye, Red Stag Although Jim Beam is one of the best-selling bourbon brands…

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Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center

1311 Gilkey Run Road, Bardstown, KY 40004 bourbonheritagecenter.com, 502-337-1000 PRODUCTS: Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Henry McKenna, Larceny, Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey, Parker’s Heritage Collection; limited edition bottlings Following a devastating fire in 1996 that destroyed its production plant, an aging…

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Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling

624 Lotus Road, Cox’s Creek, KY 40013 fourrosesbourbon.com, 502-543-2264 PRODUCTS: Four Roses Yellow, Single Barrel, and Small Batch; limited edition bottlings Alone among Kentucky distilleries, Four Roses ages its bourbon in single-story warehouses, which the company believes leads to fewer…

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Four Roses Distillery

1224 Bonds Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40302 fourrosesbourbon.com, 502-839-3436 PRODUCTS: Four Roses Yellow, Single Barrel, and Small Batch; limited edition bottlings One of the last places in the world you would expect to find a Spanish mission–style building is just…

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