Planning Your Trip
After an evening in Louisville and dinner at Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, base yourself in Bardstown for the first night (the Jailer's Inn is a lovely historic B&B), and Frankfort the next (try the Meek House Bed & Breakfast). Hit Beam, Heaven Hill, and Maker's on your first day and Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Buffalo Trace the next. Go during the week if you can, as there is far less to see on the weekends.

Maker's Mark
Loretto, Kentucky
(502) 865-2099

Jailer’s Inn Bed and Breakfast
Bardstown, Kentucky
(800) 948-5551

Meek House
Frankfort, Kentucky
(866) 646-7650

Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center
Bardstown, Kentucky
(502) 337-1000

Jim Beam American Outpost
Clermont, Kentucky
(502) 543-9877

Wild Turkey
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
(502) 839-4544

Four Roses
Anderson County, Kentucky
(502) 839-3436

Buffalo Trace
Franklin County, Kentucky
(800) 654-8471

Here are the criteria that make Kentucky Straight Bourbon different from whiskey produced everywhere else (and it just so happens to be law in Kentucky).

It must contain 51 percent corn mash.

It must be distilled at no more than 160 proof.

It cannot go into the barrels at higher than 125 proof.

It must be aged for a minimum of two years in charred new white oak barrels.