City distillery to join Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Photo: Kentucky Distillers' Association
LEXINGTON, KY -- The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is getting a new member from an unusual venue.

Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., maker of Town Branch bourbon, will join the Trail in October when it opens its new $6 million distillery. The bourbon name is a nod to the stream that runs under downtown Lexington.

The 13-year-old Bourbon Trail currently is dominated by high-volume brourbon producers such as Jim Beam, Maker's Mark and Woodford Reserve, all located in rural spots.

Alltech also produces beer and malt whiskey, and for several years has been making its small-batch bourbon at a location opposite the new facility. Its other spirits brands are Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey and Bluegrass Sundown, a bourbon-infused coffee drink. And, its brews include Bourbon Barrel Ale, Kentucky Light and Kentucky Ale.

Distilleries along the trail have recorded more than 2 million visits in the past five years, including 450,000 last year, according to Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s bourbon supply.

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