Cooks and chili eaters needed for annual charity fundraiser

If you like making chili or eating it, mark Oct. 19 on your calendar for our third annual Charity Chili Cook-Off. Proceeds support the Danville Kiwanis Local Youth and Senior Citizens programs.

The 2018 Chili Cook-Off raised more than $6,700 to purchase coats, clothing and a small toy for children for the holidays and they have other youth programs as well. The Kiwanis receive the names of the children they help at the holidays from Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wilderness Trace Child Development Center and Sunrise Children's Home. No other agency helps these children in this capacity. The winter warmth supplied from your generosity supports a program that began more than 90 years ago. Twenty years ago, the Boyle County Senior Citizens Center became recipients of the holiday project and other programs, too.

The 40 members of the Kiwanis Club appreciate the support of their mission and know that everyone has a lot of fun in the process.

The event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you're interested in cooking or want to purchase tickets, please call 859-402-8707. All ticket holders are invited to vote for People's Choice. The rules are very relaxed this year. You may add beans and pasta and you do not have to prepare your chili on site. We hope this will encourage our cooks to compete. If you are interested, download the rules here and download this participation form and return to Also, please share this event flier

This is a family-friendly so bring the children to enjoy free pumpkin decorating and to receive free library books from the Boyle County Public Library Bookmobile. There will be facepainting and inflatables to entertain children as well. Tyler Isaacs of Hey Mista DJ will keep the party hopping.
Of course, this event would not succeed without the generous support of its sponsors.
Thanks to the following:
Platinum: WHIR and WRNZ radio.
Gold: The Advocate-Messenger; Kentucky Cooperage; PNC Bank; Sellers Manufacturing; and WKYB-FM.
Silver: Buzick Construction; Farmers National Bank; and Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda.
Bronze: Bluegrass I.T. Services; Bruce Devine Roofing; Community Trust Bank; InterCounty Energy; Keystone Industries; and The Still at AMBRAbev.


Date: October 19, 2019 — October 19, 2019


Sister duo to perform at First Friday

Katelyn and Samantha Daugherty are a country, sister duo from Lebanon, Kentucky. Country music has their hearts, but they perform all genres: old country, rock and roll, and pop. Not only are they sisters, but identical sisters, so that makes their family harmony even more unique. They have such passion for what they do and they are sure to always bring a good time! Join us 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1. Wilderness Trail will have food and cocktails for sale.

Date: November 1, 2019 — November 1, 2019


Donation supports humane society spay/neuter program

Wilderness Trail Distillery presented $10,000 to the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society’s (DBCHS) community cat spay/neuter program. Distillery co-owners Shane Baker and Pat Heist made the donation to Fizzy Ramsey, president of the DBCHS Board of Directors, at the distillery's First Friday,

The event featured Patriotic Paws red, white and blue T-shirts and they still are on sale at the distillery. The donation was made possible from a charity barrel auction held during the Kentucky Bourbon Affair.

Baker chose the humane society because he and his wife, Melissa, are animal lovers and wanted to support the local nonprofit’s efforts to control the animal population.

“We are overjoyed by the generosity shown by Wilderness Trail Distillery,” says Ramsey. "They are the metaphoric pebble in a pond creating a ripple for change, not only in the Bourbon industry, but for our own community. Their partnership supports and inspires our paradigm shift in humanely addressing pet overpopulation.”

DBCHS has been working with a consultant to determine the humane society’s needs and an expanded community cat spay/neuter program is one of the biggest. The consultant recommended the local shelter use the “return to field” process for cats. That means in lieu of shelter intake or possible euthanasia, any community cat brought to the shelter will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and returned to its original home location. The report recommends DBCHS find $49,210 in funding —  $39,000 to get an estimated 600 community cats sterilized through the return to field program; $10,000 to help with income-targeted spay/neuter through Happy Paws Spay/Neuter Clinic for cats and dogs; and $210 for portals needed in between cat cages to improve their living quarters.

Since the community cat program began this spring, Ramsey says Boyle County Animal Control and shelter staff has helped organize over 110 surgeries, which also involves community education on cat behavior and population control. “People arrive to surrender a stray cat(s) and we give them the opportunity to keep the cat as we schedule spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccination. If the cat is feral and they prefer not to handle the cat, we get their permission to spay/neuter, vaccinate and return the cat to its original location; maintaining its place, and preventing new, likely unaltered, cats from moving in.” Area veterinarians have been instrumental in the success of this method in addressing community cats.

Date: July 5, 2019 — July 5, 2019


Celebration concludes with a barrel pick sold through the college

Two hundred years of history is quite a milestone and we applaud Centre College for its remarkable journey. We have celebrated all year with sales of our wheated, single barrel Bourbon with the story of Centre on the side label.

Sales of Centre Bourbon conclude at the Oct. 11 and 12 homecoming. For this special weekend celebration, the college is overseeing sales of a box set from a barrel pick featuring Centre Legends. The legends are some of the beloved faculty and staff members. (Note: the image shown is not the barrel pick label)

We have a very limited quantity of the wheated, single barrel in the gift shop. If you are wondering about the availability of Centre College Bicentennial Bourbon in our gift shop, please call 859-402-8707.  Our gift shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Cost is $55 ($60.50 with tax). We do offer the Bourbon in a mahogany collector's box that includes two shot glasses. Cost with the box is $94.41 (including tax). We can ship to places in Kentucky where alcohol sales are legal. If you are interested in purchasing, you may download a shipping form. Please include a daytime address where the delivery can be made because someone age 21 or older must sign for it. Cost is $25 to a ship a bottle and the fee increases based on how many bottles will be shipped. Email your form to Macaulay Minton at

Please download a Shipping form

Date: April 24, 2019 — October 13, 2019


Here's where you can find our Bourbon and Rye Whiskey

If you're a fan of Wilderness Trail's Bourbon and Rye Whiskey we have great news for you. It sells in 11 states and we soon will add two more. In addition to our home base of Kentucky where Heidelberg is our distributor, this is a list of states where Wilderness Trail is sold and who the distributors are.

Tennessee: Athens Distributing

Illinois: BC Merchants

Michigan: ABC control states with Benchmark Beverage distributing

Virginia: ABC control state

Wyoming: ABC control state

Washington, D.C.: Prestige LeDroit

Delaware: Prestige

Maryland: Prestige

Iowa: ABC control state

Ohio: Heidelberg.

Wilderness Trail also plans to sell this year in Georgia through Eagle Rock Distributing and Nevada.

In the ABC control states, fans of our spirits just have to ask their store to stock it. For instance, Virginia is a control state and is run by the state of Virginia ABC. Wilderness Trail is registered and in the system in Virginia and any store can place an order to stock it or to ship it directly to a person living there through that store for pick up. If you are looking for some of the latest Kentucky Straight Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon with rye small grain, our Bourbon Single Barrel, Bottled in Bond Bourbon made with wheat or our infamous Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Cask Strength, then please ask your local store to place an order for you!

To see Michigan locations, please download Michigan Bourbon Locations

Date: April 1, 2019


White Oak Trees planted

Thanks to the many people who purchased a white oak tree in hopes that their trees one day will be used for Wilderness Trail Bourbon barrels.

We planted the 2-year-old white oak trees in March and now all we have to do is wait for them to become barrels. Visit your tree as your come see us over the years. Seventy or so years from now, maybe your grandchildren will enjoy a barrel of Bourbon aged in the tree planted for you.

Date: March 16, 2019 — March 16, 2019

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