Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center
1311 Gilkey Run Road, Bardstown 502-337-1000. Through interactive exhibits explore the birth of bourbon, the role of whiskey-making pioneers and the bourbon-making process. View the "Portrait of Heaven Hill" movie, tour a rickhouse, and enjoy a tutored bourbon tasting. Create a keepsake personalized bottle.
Hwy. 245, Clermont, 502-543-9877.
Learn about six generations of Beam distillers. Visit the home that Jim Beam's son, T. Jeremiah Beam, built in 1911, view an authentic moonshine still believed to be the oldest in America, and learn about barrel making at the cooperage museum.
One Court Square, Bardstown, 502-348-3623.
Each September Bardstown plays host to this celebration for the ages. The six-day festival is highlighted by bourbon tastings, black-tie affairs, arts & crafts, bourbon-related cooking schools and contests, and plenty of good music for everyone.
3350 Burk's Springs Rd., Loretto, 270-865-2099.
Tour this lovingly restored distillery, now a National Landmark. Your behind-the-scenes look at this operating distillery takes you through the bourbon-making process from beginning to end. Dip your own bottle into the famous red wax.
114 N. Fifth Street, Bardstown, 502-348-2999.
A 50-year collection of rare whiskey artifacts dating from pre-colonial days to post-Prohibition days. The museum features rare antique bottles, a moonshine still, advertising art, novelty whiskey containers. A definite stop for bourbon enthusiasts.
107 E. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown; 502-507-8338 or 800-704-4917. Billed as the Kentucky shrine for Bourbon Tastings all day. Dinner by reservation every night. Bourbon Cooking School conducted every afternoon.