First Friday welcomes Nick and The Sawdusters

Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters are a blue collar Americana band from Indiana. Click here to listen.

Date: February 7, 2020 — February 7, 2020


Celebrate your love of Bourbon and each other with a barrel pick

Time: 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 15

Cost: $30 a person

Our annual Valentine's Day event this year will include an opportunity to enjoy your love of Bourbon with the one you love. Our couples will participate in a barrel pick. So come enjoy sampling a variety of our whiskeys and selecting your favorite. Enjoy a cocktail and a charcuterie board while you make your selection.
You also will have the option to purchase bottles from your barrel pick in a couple of weeks when we have it bottled.
Register by Feb. 11 by calling 859-402-8707.

Date: February 15, 2020 — February 15, 2020


Event features music by Fourth Street Station

Wear your fuzzy clothing and dancing shoes for The Fur Ball.

This ticketed event is a fundraiser for the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society. Tickets: $20 and available at the door. Ticket includes food catered by Chaplin River and music by Fourth Street Station. Wilderness Trail cocktails for sale. 

Fourth Street Station, a jam band, will perform originals, Grateful Dead, Dylan, Alman Brothers, blues, alt country, Rolling Stones, and other classic rock. Members are: Larry Bitensky, keyboards, guitar and vocals; Dan Worley, guitar and vocals; Mike Dixon, bass; and Brian Cusato, drums.

Date: March 6, 2020 — March 6, 2020


Whodunit over dinner

Adventure Theatre of Lexington will perform "Murder By Memory," a murder mystery theater during a dinner Friday, Jan. 24, in the Visitors Center at Wilderness Trail. Have you ever had a memory -- or maybe a person -- you wish you could forget? Then, join us as Hugh Hofner and his longtime confidant, Candy MacLane, host their annual New Year's party: "Burning in the New Year." It's a chance for everyone to write off their regrets and burn them away -- literally. But this year, things really heat up when Hugh announces the unexpected arranged marriage of his son, Trevor, to one of his lady friends, Trixie Hobert. Everything is going according to plan for Hugh until Trevor's college sweetheart, Darlene Loveline, is mysteriously invited to the celebration.

Cash bar opens at 7 p.m. Seating begins at 7:15 p.m. Dinner catered by Southern Plate Catering begins at 7:30 p.m. The performance takes place during three short acts when separate courses are offered. Starter is an organic spring mix salad. Entree is a mesquite grilled chicken breast or rosemary pork loin. Dessert is a fresh fruit with topping or a housemade brownie trifle. After Act II, the audience votes on who they think is the murderer. The cost is $35 a person. To order tickets, visit Adventure Theatre or call 859-536-4367.

Date: January 24, 2020 — January 24, 2020


Sales of 16-year-old Bourbon bottle go to Bourbon Charity

Kevin McGuire of Danville (in photo) was the first person to receive one of the 50 box sets of the 16-year-old Bourbon. 

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 was bottled to be sold this holiday season as 16-year-old.

Sales of the $2,500 box set all go to Bourbon Charity. The majority of Wilderness Trail’s donations through the Bourbon Charity will go directly to families who are battling cancer. Some of the funds also will go to public non-profits such as St. Jude and the American Cancer Society but the mission of this project to give direct to families.

Many of the people who contacted us about the Bourbon shared that they too have family or friends who have battled cancer and that is the reason they wanted to support the project. Even if the $2,500 bottle is not in the budget, if you want to make a donation, you may go to Bourbon Charity.

Most of the 50 bottles available were placed in the main lottery for people who signed up online at our website or in our visitor center.

We still have fundraising plans. 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.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 18, 2019 — December 31, 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

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


Holiday release is cask strength high rye Bourbon

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. It is 114 proof. Price is $63. The side label has Cooper's image on it.

Remember, we can ship to anyone living in Kentucky where alcohol sales are allowed.

Date: December 6, 2019 — December 7, 2019


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

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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