03/12/2014 Betsy

 Heading over to Buffalo Trace with entered Frankfort KY.  What a beautiful city Frankfort is, bisected by the Kentucky River.  It is the capital of Kentucky.  As you descend into the city on US 127 you overlook the river valley.  It’s really very, very pretty. (more…)

03/12/2014 Betsy

BARTON DISTILLERY 1792 RIDGEMONT AKA The Tom  Moore Distillery From Kentucky Bourbon Distillery we zipped over to the Barton Distillery which, by contrast, is the world’s third largest distillery. It opened in 1876 by Mattingly Moore and Tom Moore took it over in 1879.  Prohibition did a number on these distilleries and by 1934 the original distillery was torn down.  In 1937-1944 Moore’s son and bank ran it but the son had no interest in the business.  Oscar Getz purchased the distillery and named it Barton. It was used as a “cash cow” for its next owners.  In disrepair and…

03/11/2014 Betsy

  Dave arranged for an appointment and private tour at this small batch bourbon distillery. The Kentucky Bourbon Distillery is the home of Johnny Drum and Willett bourbon.  The distillery was built after the repeal of prohibition by Thompson and Johnny Willett and became the family distillery for over thirty years. Loreto Road, Bardstown, KY www.kentuckybourbonwhiskey.com (more…)

03/11/2014 Betsy

For our next visit to Kentucky we targeted the Bardstown, Kentucky.  We stayed at My Old Kentucky Home State Park campground which  is a small campground with 39 woods sites surrounded by a golf course.  There is a good buffer between the campsites and the golf course and an ideal place for an evening walk around the golf course on the golf cart paths.  It is a beautiful setting.  And….thrills of thrills….Heavenly Hills is within eyesight of the campground, across the golf course.  Who knew! (more…)

03/11/2014 Betsy

Our last distillery of the day was MAKER’S MARK located in Loretto, KY and it was the furthest out and the most beautiful drive.  Our GPS took us through some of the most beautiful back country of rolling hills, farms, tobacco fields and single lane roads.  The roads were well paved but not very wide d with blind hills and blind corners.  Fortunately we didn’t meet any cars on the way. (more…)

03/11/2014 Betsy

We left Jim Beam and headed down to Heaven Hills Distillery where Evans Williams is distilled.  The distiller here, Parker Beam, is a cousin to Frederick Booker Noe III of Jim Beam.   In 1996, a fire destroyed a total of six rack houses and the distillery.  Although the distillery is no longer at this facility, they built a multi-million dollar facility on this site.  The visitor’s center is well worth the visit and the tasting room is great!    (more…)