How to register for a 16-year-old Bourbon bottle to aid cancer research

Wilderness Trail will release an extremely rare Bourbon in time for the holidays. Details are below for how to register.

Shane Baker and Pat Heist purchased a 15-year-old barrel of  Willett Distillery Bourbon at Willett-To-Be-Cured, an auction for the American Cancer Society. After a year of aging at Wilderness Trail, it's ready to be bottled and sold this holiday season.

The 16-year-old Bourbon will come in a limited edition bottle and commemorative box set. The box set will sell for $2,500 and purchases are allowed as part of a lottery. We will register everyone for a fair chance at being drawn to purchase one of these super rare bottles. Here are three ways to boost your chances for purchasing a bottle:

  1. We will place two box sets in a smaller lottery at our December open house. Those who sign up at our open house will be part of the first lottery. The first two lucky Bourbon lovers will be drawn from those who register Dec. 6 and 7 at the distillery. 
  2. We will place two box sets in a lottery for our Family Tree Members. Being a member has its privileges, so sign up at our website before Dec. 1. For the Family Tree sign up, email your phone number and name here: 
  3. The remaining bottles will go into the main lottery for people who sign up online at our website or in our visitor center from Nov. 15 to Dec. 5. We will use an online random number generator to select the number(s) for the remaining bottles. Each person signing up online or in the visitor center will go on the list in sequence of signing up and be given a number. We will post the names and contact the winners.  For the open public lottery, email your name and phone number here:

The release of this Bourbon is so exciting for a couple of reasons. One is because this Bourbon is flat out awesome. Another reason is the money raised is going to impact lives of those suffering right now and just before the holidays. The timing couldn’t be better on helping warm some hearts and help make the holidays a little better.
But wait, you didn’t think we were done did you? That Bourbon barrel is going to get another chance to continue raising money to battle cancer. We distilled a special barrel of four-grain Bourbon almost 5 years ago. There is a good story about it that we will talk about in the future, but we are going to double-barrel it and finish it in this infamous old barrel for a while longer. Then we will have bottles of some more great, rare Bourbon to talk about and keep asking the question: How many lives can this one barrel keep touching?

What’s next for the barrel after that? Stay tuned.

Date: December 6, 2019 — December 7, 2019


First Friday coincides with Holiday Open House

Mike Archer, who is known for his wide range of music, will perform during the First Friday music 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Join us for music, food and cocktails.

Date: December 6, 2019 — December 6, 2019


Lapel pins of each whiskey available

We have some cool lapel pins of our bottles and we want to share them with you. So if you buy a bottle between now and Jan. 1 and send us the receipt and your mailing address, we will send  a lapel pin to you to match the one you bought.
Click on the button below to email the photo of your receipt and your mailing address.

To receive a pin, email a photo of your receipt and your mailing address to emily@wildernesstrailky.com.

If your receipt does not specify the type of Bourbon or Rye Whiskey, you purchased, please include that information so we know which pin to send.


Date: November 6, 2019 — January 1, 2020


Gift shop specials and First Friday performance by Mike Archer

Our Holiday Open House coincides with First Friday and we know you're going to love both. Mike Archer is our First Friday performer 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. His range of music is incredible so we're all looking forward to having him in the house.
Our Holiday Open House, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, will feature food, cocktails specials and door prizes, so start your holiday gift shopping here.

Anyone wearing an ugly (or pretty) holiday sweater will be eligible for a door prize.

Everyone who is a fan of Cooper, our distillery cat, will want to acquire a bottle of Cooper's Select, a cask strength high rye Bourbon. Price is $63. The side label has Cooper's image on it.

Date: December 6, 2019 — December 7, 2019


First Friday music features trio

Warm up the First Friday of 2020 with music by Kings of Freon featuring Pat Morley, Keith Hubbard and Sherri McGee. They play a wide range of music, so start the year off right at Wilderness Trail.

Date: January 3, 2020 — January 3, 2020


Great weather, delicious chili, fantastic vendors and awesome sponsors made the perfect setting for the third annual Wilderness Trail Charity Chili Cook Off Oct. 19.

Proceeds support the Danville Kiwanis Local Youth and Senior Citizens programs. Thanks to our awesome sponsors, cooks and tasters, the event raised $7,100.

Our judges had the tough job of selecting the top three winners of the 17 contenders for first through third place trophies and People's Choice awards. Only a few points separated the winners, who were: first, Randell and Tanya Reynolds of Stanford; second and People's Choice, Stanford's Blue Bird's Chef Bill Hawkins; and third, Nicole Caccciatore of The Farmhouse Restaurant in Parksville. Thanks to other great cooks. All of the chili was delicious.

Thanks to our vendors: Broomtown; Central Kentucky Hemp; Kravins; Sugar; Southern Style Kettlecorn; The Local Shaved Ice; Larry Mac's Beer Cheese; and inflatables by Perryville Party Rentals. Many thanks to the Boyle County High School Key Club for providing pumpkin decorating, face painting and balloon animals and the Boyle high cheerleaders for selling hotdogs. The Arts Center of the Bluegrass helped children make a cool spider craft and the Boyle County Public Library gave away books. 

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. We think this year's proceeds will be close to this sum.

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.

This is a family-friendly that featured free pumpkin decorating and face painting by the Boyle County High School Key Club and free library books from the Boyle County Public Library Bookmobile.
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; Heidelberg; Kentucky Cooperage; PNC Bank; Sellers Manufacturing; and WKYB-FM.
Silver:  Boyle PVA Lacresha "My" Gibson; Buzick Construction; Corning; Farmers National Bank; Johnson Polhmann Insurance; Mediocre Creative; and Stuart Powell Ford Mazda.
Bronze: Bluegrass I.T. Services; Bruce Devine Roofing; Caverndale Farms; Central Kentucky Federal; Coldwell Banker VIP Realty; Community Trust Bank; InterCounty Energy; Hayslett Mechanical; Keystone Industrial; The Still at AMBRAbev; United Structural Systems; Wilderness Trace Solar; and Xtreme Style Signs & Screen Printing.


Date: October 19, 2019 — October 19, 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


A limited quantity available through our gift shop

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 continue while we have 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 m.minton@wildernesstrailky.com.

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 12 states.

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

Georgia: Eagle Rock

Wilderness Trail also plans to sell in 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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