In Louisville and across the Commonwealth, Holidays come early for bourbon lovers

Louisville, Ky., – For those who love bourbon, it’s Christmas in September, rather Bourbon Heritage Month for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Several tourism departments have several events, tips and advice on how to properly mark this special month. We list a couple for you:


Bourbon Heritage Month is an ideal time to celebrate America’s only native spirit in the heart of the region where 95% of the special whiskey is made – Kentucky.  Special dinners and events are being held throughout Bourbon Country, including the Kentucky Bourbon Festival later this month in Bardstown, KY.  Here are some ways to celebrate in Louisville:


1.VISIT – Louisville now has three distilleries open for public tour (and growing!).  Evan Williams Bourbon experience is open daily on Main Street, the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey experience is open at the former Stitzel-Weller Distillery and craft producers Peerless Distillery joined Whiskey Row this summer.

2.expERIENCE – Check out the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon experience from September 4-6 at the Water Tower. Go hands on with a whiskey tasting event at an area liquor store. Taste Fine Wine & Bourbons in Nulu has a tasting bar. Westport Whiskey & Wine has special classes and events.

3.EAT –  Breakfast, lunch or dinner can be enjoyed with bourbon.  From the President’s Breakfast at Dish on Market to treats like the Bourbon Ball Ice cream at Comfy Cow, ideas abound at along with a list of bourbon dinners.

LEARN – Time for school – bourbon school that is. Enroll in the Filson Bourbon Academy at or take a whiskey class at

5.DRESS – Wear it!  Pick up a “Just Add Bourbon” t-shirt at Liquor Barn locations or the Louisville Visitors Center at Fourth & Jefferson Sts at a 25% discount this month.

6.READ – Carmichael’s is carrying these new bourbon books by local authors and hosting signing parties.  Check out Fred Minnick’s Bourbon Curious, The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler & Michael Veach and the Bar BelleSara Haven’s Volume 11.

7.JOIN – Enlist in one of the growing clubs for enthusiasts. , ,,

8.FOLLOW – Join the conversation and become a fan of Just Add Bourbon on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. @BourbonCountry

9.SHOP – From bourbon socks at Regalo and “I’d rather be drinking Bourbon” mugs at Stoneware to Moss Hill Bourbon lotion, Art Eatables Chocolates and Bourbon Barrel Foods new retail store on Frankfort Avenue.

10.DRINK – Ok the obvious, but do it on the Urban Bourbon Trail and get the T-shirt!  There are currently 34 stops from downtown and Nulu to Frankfort Ave, Bardstown Rd and the East End.




September is here, and that means Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month is ready to roll.

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This month is packed with tons of special events and special bottle releases, and we will do our best to keep you informed on all of it.

Kicking things off this weekend is the 3rd Ever Kentucky State BBQ Festival in Danville, a new Official Sponsor of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.  Amidst the pulled-pork, brisket, and smoked chickens from America’s top pitmasters, we will be pouring tastes of Kentucky’s finest Bourbons and spirits.  Look for us in the historic Grayson’s Tavern, built circa 1785, at Constitution Square Historic Site.  We will have brands from all the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries, including offerings from some distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour™.  Click here for more on the Festival and the Bourbon Tavern.

Quickly following the Kentucky State BBQ Festival is another landmark event for the Bourbon lover: Bardstown‘s Kentucky Bourbon Festival.  Running from September 17-22nd, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival features something for everyone and demonstrates why Bardstown truly is the Bourbon Capital of the World.  We will be working two of the major events: theKentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler and the “Loqui Facilis” event.  Hope to see everyone at our booth on the ‘lawn’ or at any of the fantastic events in Bardstown, Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.

Check our Events page for all the events that make September such a magical time for Kentucky Bourbon.  And keep an eye on our social media networks for the latest news on all the special releases heading your way.