If you want to have a kentucky trail experience, the best start for you is in Oldham County, Kentucky at the Kentucky Artisan Distillery, based in Crestwood, Kentucky. This distillery serves as the home for Jefferson’s Bourbon, Whiskey Row, and Billy Goat Strut, and you’ll be able to have a taste of many bourbon blends while you’re on the KAD tour.
While you’re on this tour, you’ll have an experience of an authentic bourbon distillery, just like you’re a distiller yourself. Kentucky Artisan Distillery was established initially as only a distillery; then they later added tours. Each tour gets an up-close and personal experience of the original equipment, including some from the pre-Prohibition-era. You won’t get a view of everything from a glass window – you will get the chance to walk through their lab, which will give you the opportunity to ask their distillers questions you need answers to. As a guest, you’ll get the chance to have an interaction with the brains behind these brands which call Kentucky Artisan Distillery home. A number of guests get the chance to meet their owner, Steve Thompson, their head distiller, Jade Peterson, and even the founder of Jefferson’s, Trey Zoeller.
On your tour of this place, you’ll see the whole process of making bourbon. You’ll have a view of their milling area, malting room, lab, tasting room, bottling room, and their distillery (the place where all the stills, fermenter, and cookers are placed). You should be aware that they’re a contract distillery, so they may not always have the bottling machines running during the period you visit. If you would rather have a private tour, you can just reach out to them, and they’ll put you through the process.
Even though this place is smaller compared to other distilleries, they’re equipped with an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff, and the place is enjoyable, which will make you forget about the size of the distillery. You also get the chance to buy high-quality bourbon to take home with you.
The tour guides here will provide you with an excellent overview of the bourbons you sample and also explain the precise story behind each expression that you taste. The tastings will help you learn and develop your tastes to very high-quality bourbons.
The scheduled time for their tours are:
- Mondays to Saturdays between 10 am – 4 pm
- Sundays between 12 pm – 4 pm.
You should note that tours begin at the peak of each hour, the last tour is one hour prior to closing and the tours last about 45 minutes to one hour.
- Adults – $12
- Veterans and Active Military – $6
- Children – Free.
Even though you can bring your children on the tour, anyone below the age of 21 would obviously not be allowed to have tastings, but they will receive their choice of a soft drink.
They recommend that every tour guests wear closed-toe shoes, because the tour will guide you around their working distillery. You should be aware that the distillery is very warm in the summer season, so you should plan accordingly.
This distillery also has a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs featuring Kentucky bourbon and branded merchandise. You can also buy bottles of bourbon to take home with you. Please note that the bottles available are determined by the product release schedule and the time of the year.
When it comes to Kentucky tourism, this is a tour experience you wouldn’t want to miss, and your bourbon tourism will not be complete without a visit to KAD. Take a tour of this place, and you’ll be glad you did!