I recently paid a trip down "south" to visit a friend in the Lexington area and we decided to tour a local distillery. Town Branch Distillery is where bourbon, whiskey, beer and my favorite Kentucky Barrel Bourbon Ale is made. So its a distillery and a brewery in one! It's brand spankin new with state of the art facilities and friendly tour guides. Your ticket cost is only ten dollars, which is relatively cheap for a stop on the Bourbon Trail (or Brewgrass Trail for you beer lovers) and it includes a guided tour of the facilities as well as four drink tickets for sampling.
I am not a huge fan of liquor, and if I am drinking a mixed drink it typically involves Gin. However, I am a massive fan of beer. I'll drink anything but an IPA, and even that I will still drink I just wont appreciate it as much. I have always loved Kentucky Barrel Bourbon Ale so it was exciting to try other beers made at this brewery. I really enjoyed the stout version of the bourbon barrel ale, and of course the seasonal pumpkin which was fresh out of the barrel for fall!
There were several whiskeys, rye whiskeys, and bourbons to try. My favorite though was the "dessert" bourbon Bluegrass Sundown. You mix a tiny amount with hot water and top with whipped cream for an after dinner (or whenever the hell you want) sweet alcoholic treat. It tasted like beautiful sweet coffee with a kick, yum!
This was the first distillery I have ever visited. Can you believe that I have lived in Kentucky my whole life and have never been on the bourbon trail? I don't have much interest in bourbon. If you are like me and prefer beer there is a really great Brewgrass Trail in Kentucky that you can do and visit several craft breweries. I think that is going to be on my list here this fall.
Kentucky, you are beautiful and never cease to surprise me when I venture out and about in this state.
Happy Travels! Don't forget to be a tourist in your own home state ;p
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