Come Find Bourbon in Frankfort

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Ancient buffalo carved paths through the wilderness that led American pioneers and explorers to new frontiers. One such trail led to the banks of the Kentucky River where Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making bourbon whiskey the same way for more than 200 years. Throughout the challenges of floods, fires, tornadoes and even Prohibition, the American family-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery has never compromised.

Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America, and the most-award winning!  A sample of their spirits are Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Eagle Rare, Van Winkle, George T. Stagg, Blanton’s Single Barrel, Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel, W.L. Weller and many more! 

Although Buffalo Trace Distillery is not a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you planned a Kentucky Bourbon Experience without visiting this iconic distillery!   Seven different tours are offered, each is exceptional, all are complimentary and include tastings.

Buffalo Trace Tour by stills

 

 

Castle & Key Distillery

In 1887, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr built a new kind of distillery destination in Millville, Kentucky. Inspired by European architecture, the site featured a Castle, a classical Springhouse, and a Sunken Garden.

Prohibition forced the closing of the distillery in 1920. Over the next century, the property changed owners and occupants several times, eventually falling into ruin.

In 2014, the current founding partners began the long journey of restoration.  They brought life back to the distillery, developed their brand, and we are so thankful for it!

The spirits selection at Castle and Key are “thoughtful in every detail, from grain to glass”.  Current offerings are Restoration Vodka, Restoration Release London Dry Gin, Restoration Rye Whiskey, Roots of Ruin Gin and Sacred Spring Vodka. The Bourbon is still aging until it is ready.  Tours and tastings are paused due to Covid-19, however, the stunning grounds and giftshop are open and so inviting!

Natural spring built in the shape of a keyhole by Colonel E. H. Taylor.

 

Glenns Creek Distilling

David Meier, the owner of Glenns Creek Distilling, has always had a love for where things are made, how they are made, and the level of craftsmanship that went into their making. This love of creation was one of the driving forces behind his career in manufacturing and yearning to create something of his own.

He happened upon the Old Crow Distillery. Seeing the exorbitant level of craftsmanship that went into the old buildings and seeing the state that they were in after being abandoned for 30 years brought up a mix of sadness for the current state and intrigue for what it must have been like in its prime. David started to research the history of The Old Crow Distillery to get a better feel of what role the old distillery played in the bourbon industry and Kentucky. He recreated a new bourbon produced in the style of Dr. Crow; something that Dr. Crow would drink and approve of.

A few of the spirits Glenns Creek offers are S’OTIT Special Family Reserve Vodka, Café Olé Bourbon, Millville Malt, Hamilton Smoke, Kentucky Prohibition Rum, RYSKEY, OCD#5, and their latest, ¡Cuervito Vivo!™ Bourbon. Be sure to visit to check out the other tasteful bourbons!  You may purchase on site but tours and tastings are paused at this time due to Covid-19.

Always dreamed of creating your very own Bourbon?  Now you can!  At Glenns Creek Distillery, you CRAFT YOUR OWN BOURBON with The Bourbon Barrel Experience™!

Glenns Creek Distilling

 

 

Three Boys Farm Distillery

Three Boys Farm Distillery is a small craft distillery nestled on a 122-acre farm in Franklin County Ky. Family owned and operated by Ross and Heather Caldwell, the family strives to give you an experience you won’t get anywhere else. They have been distilling single barrel Bourbon and Whiskey of distinct quality since 2013.

The operation uses a Copper Pot 6 Plate Column Still with a 1200 gallon Cooker and four 1250 gallon White Oak Fermenters. The distillery includes grain storage bins, a 2000-bushel corn bin and a 400-bushel rye bin.

Three Boys runs a manual bottling line but they have a mechanical one available when production grows. They are currently bottling our Flavored Whiskey and distilling and aging Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey.

Spirits include: Three Boys Bourbon, Three Boys Rye Whiskey, Whiskey Thief Crafted Bourbon, Whiskey Thief Rye Whiskey, and Foggy Dog Flavored Whiskey.  Apple Pie is a local favorite!

The distillery is open for visitors, as is the gift shop- where you will find a collection of handcrafted, Kentucky made candles, food products, and gifts.

Tasting at Three Boys

 

 

Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours and Museum

The story of Rebecca Ruth began with two substitute teachers in their mid-twenties, Ruth Hanly (Booe) and Rebecca Gooch. After years of being in the education field, both women had come to the conclusion that they were not cut out for substituting and teaching. Instead, the young women ventured into the confectionary business after having received high praise from family and friends for the gifts of chocolates given during past holidays. It was in 1919 that Rebecca Ruth Candy was born! Through the hardships of Prohibition, Women’s Suffrage, World War’s I and II, and the Great Depression, Rebecca Ruth still stands strong at an incredible 101 years of operation.

Fast forward to present day, and Rebecca Ruth is still family-owned, (third generation) and most known for being the maker of the original Kentucky Bourbon Ball. 

Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory experiences include the story of Ruth’s life, the history of Rebecca Ruth® Candy and “Edna’s Table”, a 12 foot curved marble slab named after an employee of 67 years.  Include a stop into Rebecca Ruth for a different view of the Bourbon industry.  Be sure to taste the sample they offer -your tastebuds will thank you!

 

 

Kentucky Gentlemen Cigars

Kentucky Gentlemen Cigars is offering hand rolled, Bourbon blended premium cigars, in the heart of Downtown Frankfort!  Kentucky Gentlemen Cigars is a unique concept, both in location and product design. Some say Kentucky Gentlemen Cigar is a bit ambitious as most cigars are produced in Latin America. They see Kentucky as a very logical geographical location with supply, vast tobacco knowledge and skilled workers. Some say cigar varieties are abundant with numerous choices, yet most types or brands are made with very similar tobaccos. Kentucky Gentlemen Cigar sees a market with blends that not only are… not common, yet filled with flavorings from our own Kentucky heritage including Bourbon, Whiskey, Moonshine or even Mint Julep, therefore someone can experience cigars available from nowhere else. When that’s not enough, “you can customize your own” blend of special cigar with varieties from all over the world. Kentucky Gentlemen Cigar is your cigar! Featured flavors include Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace, Moonshine, and Build Your Own.

Kentucky Gentlemen Cigar ships their product all over, but we encourage you to visit in person while you are in Frankfort.  There is a bar onsite, serving select Bourbons until 5pm Monday – Saturday and a very nice Humidor to explore while you are at it!

 

 

Capital Cellars

In the heart of Frankfort’s historic downtown, Capital Cellars brings you an unparalleled selection of specialty, hard-to-find and unique bourbons. they also have a wide array of handcrafted beers, a global selection of fines wines, and the very best of Kentucky wines. Wine tastings are offered every Thursday and Friday from 4-7 pm.  

Don’t be surprised if you happen upon a musician entertaining the passersby or individuals who decide to sit at one of the outdoor bistro tables on a pretty summer day!

 

 

Taste of Frankfort

Many of Frankfort’s local dining establishments offer an expansive selection of Bourbon.   What is your flavor?  From locally grown angus or wagyu burgers to upscale authentic Kentucky cuisine, we are confident you will find the perfect Bourbon for pairing at most of these Frankfort favorites!

The House Burger at Bourbon on Main

UNIQUELY FRANKFORT DINING

 

 

 

 

 

Frankfort’s Bourbon Boat- The only water-based tour on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Experience the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® by boat- a unique way to learn about the Kentucky River’s influence on the history of bourbon. Come see why early whiskey distillers cherished this river, and decided to build their fortunes on it’s banks. Discover the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® from a new perspective, with Kentucky River Tours. The only bourbon trail tour in the country offered by water!

Buffalo Trace, from the Kentucky River

 

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Frankfort’s Bourbon History Tours

Join Colonel E. H. Taylor for a 45-minute guided walking tour in historic downtown Frankfort. Historian Russ Kennedy will entertain and inform you about Frankfort’s rich and spirited history! The tour will begin at 1pm sharp at the Frankfort Visitor Center, 300 St. Clair, Suite 102.

Masks required.  Please maintain 6ft. from participants not from your household.  Tickets are $11 each

EH Taylor at Bourbon Pole

 

 

 

COME FIND BOURBON

We have partnered with two of our neighboring cities to tell the authentic Kentucky Bourbons story!  Whether you want to sip from the world’s largest collection of Kentucky bourbons, discover what bourbon really means to Kentucky, savor once-in-a-lifetime moments, tap into edgy innovations and heartfelt traditions, or stock up on local artisan products, you’ll find it here with this multi-day experience.