NEW FIELD GUIDE LAUNCHES FOR KBT VISITORS
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour has a new Bourbon Trail Passport & Field Guide to help visitors plan and prepare for the ultimate journey to discover America’s only native spirit. Wilderness Trail is celebrating the new guide by offering special barrel picks with labels that depict our pioneering spirit. A man in pioneer clothing is shown with an ax chopping a barrel with a Wilderness Trail logo. The top of the label says “Sweet Mash Disruptors” as a tribute to Wilderness Trail producing sweet mash instead of sour mash Bourbon.
The field guide contains 150 pages of information about the attraction, from maps and suggested itineraries to cocktail recipes, helpful tidbits, tasting notes and key data about participating distilleries on the KBT and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.
A new addition is that passport stamps now unlock access to special collectible bottles and private barrel selections, souvenir barware, tastings and other unique rewards at the 18 Kentucky Bourbon Trail participating distilleries.
The guide also has detailed information about each distillery that will help visitors tailor their trip, such as whether the distillery has an on-site restaurant or cocktails available, accepts online reservations, produces other spirits besides bourbon and more.
The new Passport & Field Guide is for sale for $5.99 starting May 27 at participating distilleries.
Proceeds from the sale go directly to KDA responsibility and sustainability initiatives. The Bourbon Trail Passport & Field Guide emphasizes the KDA’s commitment to responsible consumption with transportation tips, tasting guidelines and visitor best practices.
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.
Wilderness Trail Distillery is a Heritage Member of the Kentucky Distillers Association. The Heritage Level is the highest level in the nonprofit group that unites and leads the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
To qualify as a Heritage Member, a distillery must have 25,000 barrels of distilled spirits aging in its warehouses. Wilderness Trail’s 168-acre campus has more than 100,000 barrels aging in its six rickhouses.
“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.”
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.