BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Bardstown Bourbon Company in Nelson County is the latest Kentucky Distillers’ Association member to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience, becoming the 14th destination on the world-famous journey that showcases the state’s signature spirit.
The announcement comes as the popular tourist attraction, created in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, continues to expand across the Commonwealth with distillery destinations hosting over one million visits for the second year in a row in 2017.
“Each Kentucky Bourbon Trail distillery offers a truly unique experience for our visitors,” said KDA President Eric Gregory. “These companies are investing millions of dollars to create something genuinely memorable for each guest, and Bardstown Bourbon Company’s experience is no exception.”
David Mandell, president and CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company, said, “It’s an honor for us to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and stand shoulder to shoulder with Bourbon legends. We’ve built something here that celebrates the tradition they’ve built while offering a distinctly original experience for our guests.”
Set on 100 acres of farmland off the Bluegrass Parkway in Bardstown, BBCo has grown rapidly since the company was founded in 2014. A second 36-inch column still was installed in June, making the distillery one of the largest producers in the country with a capacity of nearly seven million proof gallons per year.
At the heart of this state-of-the-art facility is the Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar, a modern, full-service restaurant where guests can dine with a view of the working distillery through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Culinary offerings include comfort food, a variety of salads and farm fresh meats and cheeses.
The bar offers a well-rounded craft cocktail program, a wine list featuring artisanal winemakers, craft beer on tap, and a vintage whiskey library curated by Bourbon author Fred Minnick. The selections include rare finds, like an 1890s Cedar Brook whiskey and a pair of early 1900s Overholt Rye.
The debut menu in the Fred Minnick Signature Spirits Series, the Bottle & Bond collection tells the story of American whiskey, through each bottle, from the late 1800s and pre-Prohibition through the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Bottle & Bond was recently named the “Best Modern Bourbon Restaurant” by the Courier-Journal.
“Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar is an experience,” Mandell said. “We’ve created an inviting, fun, and approachable environment where people can enjoy an exceptional meal, great cocktails, and try a wide variety of brands from our unique whiskey collection.
“Bottle & Bond is truly designed to bring people together.”
While tours of the production side of the facility are not yet available, visitors are offered a complimentary flight of the whiskeys BBCo produces. Mandell said curated tour experiences are being carefully developed to meet his precise measure of elevated hospitality.
Bardstown Bourbon Company recently released Coll&boration, developed with Copper & Kings American Brandy Company in Louisville. The two distinct products are made with 10-year-old straight Bourbon whiskey – one finished in Copper & Kings American Brandy barrels and the other in Muscat Mistelle barrels – for more than 18 months in the Copper & Kings basement maturation cellar.
More collaborative releases are planned in the future.
“Bardstown Bourbon Company goes big with everything they do,” Gregory said. “Bottle & Bond allows visitors in to see this exceptional facility, share a delicious meal, and experience one-of-a-kind whiskeys that Bourbon lovers typically can only find in larger cities.”
Located at 1500 Parkway Drive, the company is one of eight KDA member distilleries in the Bardstown area which include, Heaven Hill, Lux Row Distillers, Preservation Distillery, Willett Distillery, Jim Beam (Clermont), Four Roses (Cox’s Creek), and Maker’s Mark (Loretto).
Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $8.5 billion economic engine that generates as many as 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $800 million, pouring $825 million into tax coffers each year.
With 6.7 million barrels of Bourbon currently aging across the state, the Kentucky Bourbon industry is in the middle of a $1.2 billion building boom with companies investing in production and facility expansions as well as state-of-the-art visitor experiences.
Adam Johnson, senior director of the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail program said BBCo’s modern spin and small-town charm greatly enhances the Bourbon visitor experience in the area and elevates the community’s culinary scene.
“The Bottle & Bond experience is a great complement to the iconic brand destinations in Bardstown’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail community,” Johnson said. “Every time I come here I share a drink with someone I know, and someone is always getting up from the table to greet a friend walking in the door.
“To me, that is the authentic Bourbon experience.”
Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar is open for lunch every day and open evenings for dinner Thursday through Saturday.
For more information on the restaurant or to make reservations, visit bottleandbond.com.
“David and his team have created a distinguished level of Kentucky Bourbon hospitality at their remarkable facility,” Gregory said. “Together with the 13 distillery destinations on the Kentucky Bourbon Trial tour, we welcome Bardstown Bourbon Company and look forward to continued success for our friends there.”