Mapping the American Bourbon Trail From Kentucky to California


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Mapping the American Bourbon Trail From Kentucky to California

Kentucky is usually top of mind when one thinks about bourbon, which is to say all of the time. But America’s spirit is actually produced across the entire continental United States. Those looking to journey beyond the (rightfully) well-reputed Kentucky Bourbon Trail might consider a grander, coast-to-coast bourbon sojourn. The great American bourbon trail, if you will.

We’ve mapped 60 distilleries that produce bourbon and separated them by region. The expanse of American bourbon producers can be a little overwhelming, so here are a few helpful tips on where to start.

Much of the good bourbon being produced in the South (not including Kentucky) is made in Texas. Garrison Brothers is one you don’t want to miss.

Midwestern travelers should note distilleries in and near Chicago like KOVAL and FEW Spirits. Additionally, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery in Iowa is one of the most beautiful distilleries in the country.

Colorado’s Breckenridge Distillery has gotten national attention for its bourbon in the Mountain West region, but don’t forget about traveling north for a visit to Montana’s RoughStock Distillery.

Many excellent Western distilleries are located in Washington and Oregon. One to hit among Portland, Oregon’s distillery row is Eastside Distilling.

New York is producing some terrific bourbons. There’s Widow Jane in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, and Tuthilltown’s Hudson Baby Bourbon is an easy go-to. Outside the city, Finger Lakes Distilling proves that the Finger Lakes isn’t just making good wine, it’s making good spirits, too.

And in Kentucky, well, you know what to do. Get your Kentucky Bourbon Trail checklist and start traveling.

A few notes on the distilleries:

Every distillery on the map has either a tasting room or offers public tours. If your favorite bourbon isn’t listed, then it’s either made at a contract distillery or is closed to the public.

Old Forester distillery in downtown Louisville is scheduled to open in 2018.

Some of the distilleries listed in Kentucky are the locations where tours are held, not where the majority of the bourbon is actually produced.

Evan Williams tours are run through the Bourbon Experience in Louisville, not the distillery.

Heaven Hill’s tours are run through the Bourbon Heritage Center, not the distillery.

Black Dirt Distillery requires calling or emailing ahead of time.

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