In Kentucky

New Riff Distillery

Over the weekend I visited the newest stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, New Riff Distillery in Newport, Ky. New Riff really is new: On Saturday, the very first batch of bourbon was being distilled under the eye…

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Wild Turkey Visitor Center

  After getting a taste at the Governor’s Derby Eve Gala of the new Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary bourbon bottled in honor of master distiller Jimmy Russell’s 60-year career, I made a stop at the distillery’s new Visitors Center on…

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Corsair Artisan Distillery

One of the advantages that craft distillers – sometimes called microdistillers – have over the big guys is the ability to experiment more with their product line. That’s certainly the case at Corsair Artisan Distillery, as you can see in the photo above….

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Down One Bourbon Bar

If you’re heading to the Yum! Center for the Pink concert tonight, consider making a stop before or after at the new Down One Bourbon Bar, 321 W. Main St. Created in a space that was once a parking garage, it’s…

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Apocalypse Brew Works

You would have thought the apocalypse was upon us when a friend spotted me at Apocalypse Brew Works last Friday night. “The Bourbon Babe is drinking BEER?” she said dramatically. Hey, I am no one-trick pony. And why would I…

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The Old Owl Tavern

The Beaumont Inn has been welcoming travelers to Harrodsburg, Ky., since 1919, and yet somehow I hadn’t made my way there until last weekend. I stayed at the Beaumont’s Goddard Hall after attending an event for ambassadors at Maker’s Mark in Loretto,…

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Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge

When I heard that Marriott was opening a luxury hotel in Jeffersontown, Ky. – a bourbon-themed hotel, no less, with a destination restaurant and bar – I must say I was skeptical. True, Marriott was spending $22 million to renovate…

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The Garage Bar

Looking for a quick bite before attending a production at Actors Theatre on Friday, we were lured by the lights of The Garage Bar, housed in a former service station on East Market Street. The Garage Bar, which is owned…

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Against the Grain; Silver Dollar

After a few recent excursions to places where bourbon was sort of an afterthought, this past weekend I targeted two destinations where I knew it would be respected. I was not disappointed. At Against the Grain, the brewery and smokehouse that opened about three months…

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