Bring your sweetheart for a Bourbon tasting

Our third annual Valentine's Day event 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, involves a trip to the barrelhouse for tasting our rye and bourbon from the barrel. Cost is $50 per couple and includes a souvenir Wilderness Trail tasting glass. Master distiller Shane Baker will lead this excursion that includes a tour of our distillery. To reserve your spot, call 859-402-8707.

Date: February 9, 2019


Join us Feb. 1 for music, food and cocktails

Dawn Osborn, George Heard, also known as Harmonica Red, and Lindsay Olive are our musical guests for this 6 to 9 p.m. event that features music, food and Wilderness Trail cocktails. Harmonica Red has played with a wide variety of musicians from Los Lobos to The Neville Brothers. Dawn is vocalist and rhythm guitarist and Lindsey, who often has performed with RC and The Nightshades, is lead guitarist. We'll round out the evening with sales of food by The Caterer and cocktails from Wilderness Trail. For a listen to Heard and Olive, go to Heard and Olive

Date: February 1, 2019 — February 1, 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. Give us until 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, and we will be ready to fulfill your requests again. 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 22, 2019 — January 25, 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 emily@wildernesstrailky.com.

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


Some ground beef, smoked sausage, regular sausage, spices and a lot of love led Team Dean to the winners circle at our annual Charity Chili Cook-Off. 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. The Chili Cook-Off helps the Danville Kiwanis raise money for their Christmas for Kids and Seniors. This year they can increase the number of children they help by purchasing clothing and small gifts and also expect to increase the number of senior citizens they support.

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 20, 2018

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