Friday, June 14 was National Bourbon Day! What better way to celebrate this important holiday than a bourbon road trip with friends? Bardstown has a deep and rich bourbon history, but on this trip we explored some new and exciting things happening in the "Bourbon Capital of the World".
We boarded a special luxury motor coach supplied by our good friends at Copper Still Tours, then traveled in chauffeured first-class style on the Bourbon Brotherhood Bus with mulitple video screens and even a bathroom.
Our first stop was the picturesque Lux Row distillery. With over 18,000 square feet, 6 barrel warehouses and a 43-foot custom copper still, Lux Row Distillers is capable of producing 3 million gallons of spirit per year. When fully complete they will have capacity of 50 thousand barrels of whiskey annually. Currently producing Rebel Yell, Ezra Brooks, David Nicholson and Blood Oath, Lux Row Distillers is a must see on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We arranged a premium distillery experience, including a full tour of the distillery with in-depth discussions of the inner workings of their operations. We had the unique experience of enjoying a tasting in the barrel warehouse and finished with a tasting at their bar.
Our next stop was lunch at the new Bottled and Bond Kitchen & Bar. Comfort food, exceptional salads, and farm fresh meats and cheeses. Their dishes are simple, yet exceptional, and made with the finest ingredients, sourced from the highest quality suppliers. The bar's unique collection features whiskey, bourbon, and rye brands from across the globe, including more than 400 vintage American whiskeys, curated by renowned whiskey author, Fred Minnick.
The Brotherhood had the special treat of meeting with Bardstown Bourbon Company Master Distiller, Steve Nally, who gave us a personal tour of his amazing new distillery. This is one of the most sophisticated distilleries in the country, with a focus on transparency — all open spaces and clear glass — putting the science and craft of whiskey-making front and center for all to see. This completely unique and inclusive process allows their customers to create alongside them and drives education, innovation, and experimentation. They produce nearly 40 unique mash bills for some of the finest whiskey and bourbon brands, including Jefferson’s, High West, Belle Meade, Hirsch, Calumet, James E. Pepper, Cyrus Noble, and many others.
Photos courtesy of Yono Photographer.