Join us March 1 for music, food and cocktails

Coby Langham is our First Friday performer 6-9 p.m. March 1, Langham's musical style blends honest storytelling and country sounds. He began writing songs several years ago as a way to cope with events that were happening in his life. Being a truck driver by trade, Coby’s debut EP is appropriately titled “Years on the Road.” You can find it wherever you listen to music online. We'll round out the evening with sales of food and cocktails from Wilderness Trail.

Date: March 1, 2019 — March 1, 2019


Low Country Boil happens March 9

We may be several miles north of Mardi Gras celebrations, but we want to be part of Bourbon Street festivities. A Low Country Boil will put us in the spirit so join us 5 to 8 p.m. March 9 for a feast of crawfish, shrimp, kielbasa sausage, corn and potatoes. Who's the chef? Mike Heist, distiller by day, taste tempter by night. Music by Phil Donahue. Tickets: $35. Reserve your spot by calling 859-402-8707.

Date: March 9, 2019 — March 9, 2019


Third barrel available in gift shop Jan. 29

Two hundred years of history is quite a milestone and we applaud Centre College for its remarkable journey. We are celebrating with Centre College with a special bottling of our wheated single barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon. We were amazed how quickly the first and second barrels sold. Each barrel sold out in a day. Sales of the third barrel still are in progress. Cost is $55 and it is available in our gift shop. We can ship to places in Kentucky where alcohol sales are legal. For more information, call 859-402-8707.

Date: January 29, 2019 — February 28, 2019


Cruise-In set for May 25

Wilderness Trail invites you to show off your cool rides at our third annual cruise-in. We're expecting a group of 70 cars from the Chicago area who are heading this way as part of their seventh annual Bourbon Blitzkrieg, so this year's cruise-in will be bigger than ever. We'll have dash plaques for everyone, food trucks and registration for door prizes. Questions: Contact Emily at 859-402-8707 or

Date: May 25, 2019 — May 25, 2019


Music event will aid in cancer battle

Our Feb. 1 First Friday was already a sensational event in the making but having it benefit our co-worker in her battle with cancer elevated it to a whole new level. Denise Young faces treatments for duodenal cancer and we wanted to help this beautiful young mother and wife in her battle. Thanks to the many people who came to support Denise. Your contributions in the tip jar totaled more than $1,100 and the sales of food and cocktails also benefitted Denise. Thanks so much!

Date: February 1, 2019 — February 1, 2019


White Oak Seedlings for sale

Do you want to make a long lasting statement of your love for Wilderness Trail Bourbon and the trees that yield the Bourbon barrels?

Purchase a 2-year-old white oak seedling to be planted at Wilderness Trail for $15. We’ll note which tree is yours with your name on a plaque. Visit your tree as your come see us over the years. One day, maybe your grandchildren will enjoy a barrel of Bourbon aged in the tree planted in your name.


We expect the trees to arrive for spring planting and will let you know when the planting ceremony is scheduled.

Fill out the form: Download the attached form and email to

Payment: Call 859-402-8707 to make a credit card payment or mail check to

White Oak Trees

Wilderness Trail Distillery

4095 Lebanon Road

Danville, KY 40422

Please download a White Oak order form

Date: November 28, 2018 — February 28, 2019


Chili Cook-Off bought coats and clothing for children

This winter is doling out some bitter cold, but thanks to everyone's generous support of the Charity Chili Cook-Off a lot of Boyle County children are staying warm. The Danville Kiwanis bought coats and clothing for children whose names they received from Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wilderness Trace Child Development Center and Sunrise Children's Home. No other agency is helping these children in this capacity. The winter warmth supplied from your generosity is a program that began more than 90 years ago. Twenty years ago, the Boyle County Senior Citizens Center became recipients of the the project. The 2018 Chili Cook-Off raised more than $6,700 to purchase coats, clothing and a small toy for the children. The 40 members of the Kiwanis Club appreciate the support of their mission and know that everyone had a lot of fun in the process. Sure, someone had to win and some ground beef, smoked sausage, regular sausage, spices and a lot of love led Team Dean to the winners circle. Randy Dean, a native of Louisiana, enlisted his son, Philip, to represent the team of Boyle County Attorney Lynne Dean.

Close on their heels were second place winners Harvey's, a Danville restaurant, represented by owner Alex McCrosky and Arthur Denmon. Coming in third were Cash Express' team of Ella Mattingly and Shatarra Taylor. Taking the People's Choice honor was Blue Bird in Stanford's chef Bill Hawkins.

We thank all the great cooks, vendors and sponsors who made this event possible. Please mark, Oct. 19, 2019, for our next opportunity to make a difference.

Our other cooks were:

Chili Brothers (first place in 2017)
Chili Heads (People’s Choice in 2018)
Fire in the Hole (Brad Simmons, second place in 2017)
Hendog’s BBQ and Catering
Nana C’s 911 Chili (a longtime chili champ)
Ole Chili Team (Gloria Valencia)
Short Fat Guyz Chili (Rick Waldon)
The Caterer (Jerry Houck, much loved caterer)
The Rooster’s Whistle (a coffee catering team who put — you guessed it — coffee in the chili)
Triple J&C BBQ Team (winners of the 2018 Backyard BBQ Competition) with 2 teams

We appreciate all the people who offered free children's activities. Eddie Tamme brought free pumpkins for the children to decorate. The Boyle County Public Library Bookmobile was on hand with free library books. The Boyle County High School Key Club offered free facepainting and balloon animals. Boyle High cheerleaders sold hotdogs.

Thanks also to our awesome judges: Larry Vaught, Chuck Smith, Cameron Mills, and Kentucky Taste Buds Leigh Roach and Tamara Schneider.

And where would this event be without great sponsorship?

Sponsors are:

Platinum: Kentucky Cooperage of Lebanon; PNC Bank; Sellers Engineering of Danville; and The Advocate-Messenger of Danville.

Gold: Boyle County Attorney Lynne Dean, Bruce Devine Roofing of Harrodsburg; and Gibson, for Boyle PVA and Monticello Bank.

Silver: Boyle County Clerk Trille L. Bottom, Buzick Construction of Bardstown; Community Trust Bank of Danville; Corning, Inc. of Harrodsburg; Farmers National Bank in Danville; Monticello Bank in Danville; and Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda of Danville.

Bronze: Bob Allen Motor Mall of Danville; Caverndale Farms of Danville; Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank of Danville; Gary Chidester for Boyle County Judge-Executive; Danville Eye Center; Fort Knox Federal Credit Union in Danville; Hayslett Mechanical of Harrodsburg; InterCounty Energy of Danville; Keystone Industrial of Junction City; Melton's Great American Deli II of Danville; United Structural Systems of Lancaster; Walnut Springs Farm of Danville; and Wilderness Trace Solar of Danville.

Date: October 19, 2019 — October 19, 2019

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