Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Over the past couple of winters, as we have made our way South to warmer temperatures, we have travelled through Kentucky. Louisville, both the city and the surrounding areas are placse we really enjoy. We’ve even started working our way through the many distillery’s on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. It is a fun way to learn about the process, sample some small selections and make our own perfect Old Fashioned recipe.
Considering we had stayed in Louisville a couple of years we had no idea that downtown Louisville, Looavul, Luhvul, Looeyville (or how ever you want to pronounce it, we go with Looaville) has two downtowns. They are separated by a major roadway but are only a 15 minute walk from each other and our chosen hotel. This trip we stumbled upon the second one – aka Whiskey Row. Both offer excellent food and beverage options.
Old Forester Distilling
George Garvin Brown, was a pharmaceutical salesman and it was that particular line of work that led him to create the First Bottled Bourbon, Old Forester, in 1870. We guess in the late 1800’s there was a lot of less than reputable alcohol being produced and George’s bourbon, in a glass bottle with his signature, gave it credibility. Old Forester is credited as well as being the first official bourbon distillery in Kentucky, maybe the entire US.
Old Forester Distillery returned to Whisky Row in 2018 right into the original building that they occupied from 1882 – 1919 located at 119 W. Main Street. Significant dollars were spent on the renovation of the old building, trueing it into an amazing visitor centre, that is well worth the visit. Old Forester distillery is the only downtown distillery that still can char their own barrels in the same facility where spirits are being aged.
Old Forester Tours
We took the distillery tour in November of 2019. For $18 it was fascinating and we learned a lot of the history of the building and bourbon in general. We also got a nice 3 bourbon and 1 whiskey tasting (and a signature chocolate) at the end with our guide.
Following the tour and after you visit the retail store a visit to George’s Bar is a must. Located in the downtown distillery it features a $14/p.p. cover charge which includes any choice of their signature bourbon or whiskey based cocktails. It reminded us of what a prohibition bar might have been like in the early 1900’s. So worth it!
We’re already looking forward to our next visit to “Looaville”!
We, Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other an Industry Blog where we comment on general business and internet marketing best practices, sales strategies and give golf industry related opinions. We have owned CK Golf for 11 years and provide business services to the golf and other industries. As of July 31, 2016 our life and our business became ‘location independent’. Our 19th Hole Blog is about the places we visit and the things we do. If you have any questions or comments, or happen to be in the same location as us please reach out and contact us anytime.