Stay safe, and sip bourbon at home.

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus and out of extreme caution for our guests and employees, we’ve temporarily closed the Wilderness Trail Distillery campus. We’re looking forward to reopening our doors as soon as it’s deemed wise/safe to do so. Join the waitlist below for a heads up so you can join us for a drink as soon as possible.

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Tours with a personal touch

We offer a unique tour that highlights the science behind spirit making through the use of local grains and our signature sweet mash fermentation process. Tours begin in our visitors center.

Tour Hours

We look forward to your visit and want to share our story and see what you think when you taste our sweet mash whiskey.

Regular tours:

Regular tour hours are Tuesday—Saturday 10 am-5 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time to register and perhaps order a cocktail.

Closed 12—1 pm for lunch
Tours start on the hour with the last tour beginning at 4 pm.

For groups larger than 10, we request that you call us at 859-402-8707.

Cost: $15, includes souvenir shot glass and Bourbon ball.

Tasting Experience

Offered at 15 minutes past the hour. Taste our two Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys and our Rye Whiskey. 

Cost: $8, includes a taste of our Bourbon in a cocktail and a discussion of our spirits.

Gift Shop

Tuesday—Saturday 10 am-5 pm

Do some previsit shopping here.

Wilderness Trail joins the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Wilderness Trail, one of the founding distillery destinations on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft TourⓇ, has advanced to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventure, becoming the 18th stop on the world-famous journey that showcases America’s only native spirit.

“We are very excited to be joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® after years on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® for both our growth as well as the impact to our community,” said Shane Baker, co-owner and Master Distiller. Dr. Pat Heist is the other distillery owner.

Baker says, “We excel in offering a unique experience and educational perspective of the Bourbon-making process by focusing on the science in making Bourbon while maintaining a traditional Bourbon distillery process across our 163-acre campus in historic Danville, the birthplace of Kentucky.”

Jennifer Kirchner, Executive Director of Destination Danville, looks forward to the anticipated increase in tourism.
“Wilderness Trail Distillery has been an incredible asset to Boyle County,”. In addition to their significant contributions to our local economy in agriculture, industry, and technology, they have helped us to build a robust tourism footprint.
“If you love Bourbon and you love Kentucky, then you will love Danville.”

Coupled with Danville’s small-town charm and history, Wilderness Trail will be a welcome addition that highlights the spectrum of the state’s different distillery sizes and approaches, said
Adam Johnson, Senior Director of the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® program.

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