KENTUCKY — The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced it was adding four distilleries to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour in what the association called its largest expansion ever.

What You Need To Know

  • The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour added four new distilleries to the tour

  • Augusta Distillery and Pensive Distilling Co. in northern Kentucky, and RD1 Spirits and Fresh Bourbon in Lexington are the newest stops

  • The trail now includes 28 craft distillers across the state

  • The statewide journey was created in 2012 by the Kentucky Distillers' Association

The newest additions include two distilleries in northern Kentucky and two in Lexington. The new distilleries are Augusta Distillery in Augusta, Fresh Bourbon in Lexington, Pensive Distilling Co. in Newport and RD1 Spirits in Lexington.

KDA President Eric Gregory said the new members swell the ranks of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour to an all-time high of 28 distilleries. The KDA created the statewide journey in 2012 as the nation’s first attraction to feature the burgeoning boutique distilling movement.

Coupled with the 18 larger-scale distillers on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour, the KDA sponsors 46 immersive experiences for bourbon and spirits lovers visiting the state. Total attendance for the two bourbon trail experiences topped 2 million visitors last year, including 725,000 visits to the craft distilleries.

In the last 10 years, attendance has jumped by 370% according to the KDA.


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