KENTUCKY

The 15th state.
Capital: Frankfort
Motto: United we stand, divided we fall
Flower: Goldenrod
Bird: Northern cardinal

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

 

Paducah

In 1937 the Ohio River flooded Paducah and Luther Carson’s Coca-Cola bottling plant on South 6th street was submerged. Mr. Carson used an empty syrup keg to float out of the second floor window to reach a rescue boat. On the return trip up Broadway, Mr. Carson said, “If I ever reach DRY GROUND, it is there that I will build my new bottling plant.” Plans for construction began immediately following the flood, and in June of 1939 Mr. Carson celebrated the grand opening of his new state-of-the-art facility located 31 blocks from the river upon the DRY GROUND across the street from the Red Cross evacuation site where he had been off-loaded following his rescue. It’s here, we’ve chosen to open Paducah’s first craft brewery. We have 28 craft beers on tap, including over 10 brewed in house. Visit us if you love great beer, community, history and craftsmanship.

Louisville

Giving new meaning to the term “micro­brewery,” Cumberland Brews may be one of the smallest eateries in town. It’s usually packed, earning its crowds the old-fashioned way by providing very good food, friendly service, and high-quality hand-crafted artisan beers.

Louisville

The story of Mile Wide Beer Co. begins with a few friends, a couple beers, and one big idea. Along the way there have been ups and downs, frustration, elation, and a near disaster or two. And we’re just getting started!

Forward thinking and creativity are always flowing at Mile Wide Beer Co.
We carefully handcraft interesting and flavorful beer
brewed to the highest standards of quality, right here in Louisville.
We respect tradition. We push boundaries. And we never settle for “good enough”.

Georgetown

Country Boy Brewing was founded in 2012 by three native Kentuckians with a passion for great craft beer. Country boy prides itself on making minimally processed beers with high quality, real ingredients.  Their passion for great beer shines through their core brands, cougar bait American blonde ale and shotgun wedding vanilla brown ale. Their recent expansion to Georgetown, KY with the largest production brewery in the state will allow them to can their popular Cliff Jumper IPA and Halfway Home Pale Ale, in addition to several seasonal offerings. 

Lexington

Our offerings will be quite broad, but our main focus will be on brewing delicious Belgian farmhouse and American craft beers. We love these styles because they are by no means limiting on the creative side of things, and they are just darn tasty! We will have the staple beers people expect (with our first three beers being an IPA, a Saison and a Wit), but we are planning on going way above and beyond with an aggressive one-off program with no limitations on what we will brew.
We are very passionate about good beer and that’s why our brewing philosophy is centered on making the best possible beer we can, sparing no expense on ingredients or our process. That’s why we are confident in exploring the funkier side of farmhouse brewing with a dedicated sour program – we feel the timing is right with more and more Kentuckians getting into craft beer and continually searching for something a little different from the norm.

Lexington

Founded in 2012, West Sixth Brewing is located in a 100 year old building called the Bread Box, historically used for the Rainbo Bread Factory, in Lexington, Kentucky. We brew, can and bottle our beer out of this location, selling it at bars, restaurants, grocery and liquor stores throughout the state of Kentucky and across the Ohio River in Cincinnati. We pride ourselves on the craft beer we make and having a positive impact on the communities we're a part of. 
We focus our brewing talents on a wide variety of beers, starting when we opened with the West Sixth IPA and now canning 14 beers throughout the year with countless bottles being released. In our taprooms in downtown Lexington (Main Taproom at 501 W. 6th Street and The West Sixth Greenroom at 109 W. Main) and at our Farm, we have 15-20 West Sixth varieties on tap, along with unique small batch bottles from our Sixfold and Barrel Aged series.

Louisville

Louisville’s craft beer scene in the 90s was grayer than Aunt Claudine’s thinning hair.
Every pale ale was a pale ale, every porter was a porter and so on and so forth. It was different then, but truth be told that’s where the tale of Against the Grain begins. Jerry Gnagy, Sam Cruz, Adam Watson, and Andrew Ott found themselves working at one of the grayest Louisville breweries of all time doing what they loved but not the way they wanted.

Fed up and dissatisfied with the brewing status quo they banded together and drew up a business plan on a yellow legal pad. It wasn’t the best, but they found out early on they had a knack for taking something shitty and making it the shiniest turd in all the land. More importantly, they found they had the drive collectively to make beer better.

Covington

THERE’S SOMETHING BETTER BREWING IN THE GARAGE.
But more and more the family garage is an incubator, an enterprise zone. It’s part of the beautiful renaissance happening in the middle of this great country. So it was for Evan Rouse. Evan, from Union, Kentucky, was a pretty extraordinary kid. Because while other kids played video games and started garage bands, Evan fell in love with the craft of brewing beer. And he built a home brewery in the family garage. He was just 16 years old, not even of age.

For Evan, brewing beer was more than an idea, it was a revolution. Because from that humble start, Evan’s love for brewing has become his entrepreneurial obsession. He’s building the brewery of his dreams. And his entire family is on board, helping him get it done. (The truth is, it’s a pretty extraordinary family.)

So welcome to Braxton Brewing Company. You’re witnessing a dream coming to life. A place where ideas are born and fermented. It’s a great deal of work, but hell, that’s what makes a dream worth pursuing. This brewery celebrates determination, knowledge, and the humble pride we wave like a battle flag.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles (643 km) explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name - Mammoth.

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Corbin

Known as the "Niagara of the South," the 125-foot wide curtain of water is dramatic day or night. But it's only at night during a full moon that you can see the moonbow, a phenomenon not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Sheltowee Trace Outfitters offers a 'Rainbow Mist Ride' to Cumberland Falls, water and weather permitting.

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Cougar

What once started out as Louisville Crushed Stone and one of the best kept secrets in the city of Louisville, Kentucky has now been revealed to the public. It was created by a massive limestone quarry—with miners blasting out a mind-boggling amount of rock for over 42 years during the middle of the 20th century. It was acquired in 1989 by private investors who saw the potential to develop a portion of the cavern into an environmentally-conscious high security commercial storage facility.

Since the early 1990's, a massive amount of recycled concrete, brick, block, rock and dirt were (and continue to be) off-loaded at the cavern to fill in the holes and create floors and internal roads. Construction to carve out offices and storage spaces is ongoing, making just a dent in the more than 4,000,000 square feet of space. Even though it’s underground, the Louisville MEGA Cavern is actually the largest building in the state of Kentucky—and by tonnage is the largest recycling center in the state. Now you can experience all the wonder and adventure of this unique attraction.

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Bowling Green

In 1986 the Cave entrance and the 25-acre wooded valley was donated to Western Kentucky University by its owners: WKU professor Dr. Raymond Cravens, WKU Physical Plant Administrator Owen Lawson and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Highbaugh. The donation served as the springboard for the restoration and preservation of Lost River Cave and the surrounding natural environment.
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, The Friends of the Lost River, Inc. (dba Lost River Cave) was incorporated in 1990 to facilitate the conservation and sustainability of the Cave and surrounding area. In the spring of 1999, visionary board member Dr. Nicholas Crawford, Director of WKU’s Center for Cave and Karst Studies, convinced the board to build a dam inside the Cave with the aim of providing float tours of the interior. His idea was to generate funding for the conservation effort; his logic was along the lines of “if we build it they will come.”

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Whitley City

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protects the spectacular canyon where the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade mountains - with cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north and Oregon's mountains and waterfalls to the south. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area.

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Oneida

Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

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 Russell County

Creelsboro Natural Bridge is the longest natural bridge, or natural tunnel, in the Highland Rim section of the Interior Low Plateaus biophysiographic province. The occasional diversion of Jim Creek through the tunnel into the Cumberland River is an outstanding illustration of subterranean stream diversion. This is the process that formed and continues to form the bridge.

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21 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky

Visitors come here to hike, camp, picnic, rockclimb, boat, hunt, fish, ride, target shoot and relax. The forest contains three large lakes (Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland), many rivers and streams, Clifty Wilderness, Beaver Creek Wilderness, Red River Gorge and the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends across the length of the forest.
Spread across 21 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky, more than 708,000 acres of national forest system lands are managed within a 2.1 million-acre proclamation boundary. The forest is divided into four ranger districts: Cumberland, London, Redbird and Stearns.

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Slade

Established in 1926
The sandstone arch that is called Natural Bridge has stood for millenniums. The arch is 78 feet long, 65 feet high, 12 feet thick and 20 feet wide. Some geologists believe that the stunning natural sandstone arch is at least a million years old. There are other natural archways in the area, but none have gained the prominence of Natural Bridge. Since 1889, visitors have made the trip to the eastern Kentucky mountains to see this amazing natural wonder.
Natural Bridge is composed of what is known in geological terms as Pottsville conglomeratic sandstone. Large blocks of stone falling off either side of a narrow sandstone ridge caused the first opening that began the transformation of the sandstone outcropping into an archway. The weathering process, along with the root systems of plants, continued to develop the unique archway that makes up Natural Bridge.

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Daniel Boone National Forest

According to Zoe Strecker (2007), the Red River Gorge in Kentucky is one of the best places to explore arches, defined as geological formations which took millions of years to form. In her book, Off the Beaten Path: Kentucky, she explains how the Red River shaped the Red River Gorge very similar to how the Colorado river shaped the grand canyon. Over an estimated millions of years, the river cut and left quite impressive rock formations, also known as arches. In the Red River Gorge there are an estimated one-hundred fifty (150) arches, a number surpassed only by Arches National Park in Utah, USA.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Shepherdsville

Nestled behind the pines on 16 acres you will  find Bullitt County’s first commercial vineyard. Wight-Meyer Vineyards offers award-winning wines made from Kentucky grapes. We invite you to visit our tasting room and sample some of the best wines Kentucky has to offer.
A complete sensory experience awaits as you enjoy premium Kentucky wines amidst the natural beauty of rural Kentucky

Midway

It all started with a passion for something traditional in a non-traditional place - grape growing in horse country! How could the two co-exist? Quite nicely!
An inspired vision to work the rich fertile soil of the Kentucky Bluegrass in a county steeped with tradition, a tobacco and cattle farm gave way to what is now Equus Run Vineyards. The vision became reality in January 1998 with the combined efforts of friends and family.

Paducah

The winery opened on July 1st, 2009, Allen’s birthday. They did not expect a large crowd on a Wednesday morning at 10:30 am, but they had 50 people waiting outside to get the first try of Paducah’s first and only winery. After the first day with great sales, the winery family had to join together to bottle more wine until midnight that day. Sales continued to be explosive with hundreds of bottles being sold weekly. The family could not believe it, their longshot business plan turned out to be a fantastic idea! Purple Toad Winery is the largest winery in Kentucky and continues to push the boundaries in Kentucky’s wine industry.

Lexington

Talon Winery sits on 300 acres of historic Kentucky farmland, Fair View Farm. The original farm house was built in 1790 when Kentucky was not yet a state (1792). It was also the year of George Washington's first term as President of the United States. The house, though rehabilitated when it was purchased in 1998, still shows most of its original structure. Guests can see the original floors, windows, walls, brick and more while browsing the gift shop and tasting Kentucky's finest wines. 
The farm was originally a cattle and tobacco farm until its purchase. Talon's well-known "Ca"Barn"et Barrel Barn was converted from a working tobacco barn to an elegant and classy wedding and event venue that hosts over 80 weddings and events throughout the year.

Owenton

At Elk Creek we hand pick all our grapes! The red grapes are destemmed, crushed, and pumped in a tank with the skins for 2 or 3 weeks to give the red wine color. Since the tannins give the wine a dry sensation on the tongue and the tannins come from the seeds they are also given a few weeks in the tank before they are pressed. The white grapes are destemmed, crushed, then pressed. Our grapes are pressed with an air filled bladder then the skins, seeds and stems are composted.


Most of our white wines take 6-8 months from harvest to bottle, fruit wines (including concord) take about 3 months and they are all made in our stainless steel tanks. The red wines are aged in American or French Oak barrels and typically age between 18 and 28 months. We use medium toasted white oak barrels to age the wine allowing the surface to accept the wine and to expand and contract as needed for aging.


When our wine is ready to bottle we bring the tank into cold stabilization, the frost forms on the blanket and brings the tank between 26-32 degrees allowing the sediment to fall to the bottom. Then we pipe off the top for the clear wines and allow the tank to come back up to about 62 degrees. Our bottling machine is top of the line and can bottle 3.5 cases or 42 bottles of wine per minute!

Henderson

Farmer & Frenchman Winery, a family business owned by Hubert Mussat and Katy Groves-Mussat, opened June 2016. The idyllic setting is easy to find but hard to leave, located just off the I69 on Highway 41 South.
Our philosophy is to make wine with the classic, old-style principles of Viticulture and Vinification, at the same time using state of the art technology to capture varietal and regional character. To honor our agricultural heritage, we are committed to supporting local producers and products, and source as many local ingredients as we can. We believe that supporting farmers markets, family farms and local food projects help create jobs for future generations, giving talented and ambitious individuals a chance to work where they grew up. Plus local and fresh tastes better!
So, come and visit! Eat in the winery, taste some wines, stroll the vineyard, and extend your stay in one of our cabins. We invite you to take part in the essence of Kentucky. Sit back on our sun-drenched patio, and enjoy the vistas and beauty of the bluegrass while tasting the fruits of our labor.

Versailles

From its inaugural 1995 vintage, Col Solare's mission has been to unite these two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based red wine from the very best Washington fruit.
With opening of a new winery and planting of the estate vineyard on Red Mountain in 2007, that vision has evolved to focus on showcasing the Cabernet Sauvignon of this unique AVA and, ultimately, the specific fruit of the Col Solare estate vineyard. While this vineyard is young, Col Solare's partners and winemaking team have high hopes that it will produce wines to be enjoyed for years to come.

Mt. Washington

MillaNova Winery is located in Mt. Washington, KY just off Highway 44 at Bethel Church Rd. to Gentry Ln.. We are 7 miles northeast of Shepherdsville, KY and roughly 28 miles southeast of Louisville, KY. Our winery is a child and pet friendly facility with a large tasting room, open daily for wine tastings.  We sell wines by the glass, bottle, or case. Tastings offered daily from noon until 6:00. Groups of 6 or more require a reservation.
Alyssa and MandyMillaNova Winery has a unique setting on 22 acres with a panoramic view from our 50' x 60' covered pavilion.

Brooks

Brooks Hill Winery, the little winery up the hill, is a dream come true for Mike and Karen Hatzell.  The winery has brought them the opportunity to pursue activities that they have long enjoyed. 
Mike's initial love of the land and farming developed in his youth when he would spend summers with his aunt and uncle, Barbara and Lewis Bandy, on their farm in Irvington, Kentucky.  This love has stayed with him throughout his life's journey.    While stationed in France during his army enlistment, Mike developed a taste for wine and a deep interest in the wine making process.  
When Mike and Karen married in 1996, he expressed to her his dream to someday own and operate a vineyard and winery.  Over the years Mike has casually looked for the right property.  He was drawn to Brooks Hill where the Hatzell family roots run deep.  After one look at the property, Mike could envision the vineyard and winery, it took Karen quite a bit longer to see it!  In August 2006, Mike and Karen purchased the property where Brooks Hill Winery sit

Lawrenceburg

Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery is a family owned, fully operational, 60 acre farm containing 30 acres of vineyards. Owned by the Sivinski family, and located in the heart of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Vineyard sits atop a limestone base providing vital minerals and nutrients to the soil which are similar to those found in the Bordeaux region of France, where some of the world's finest wines are made. There are four red varietals and four whites, all of which give us the ability to create interesting combinations or "blends" that effectively express the terroir and climate of Central Kentucky as well as our winemaking style. A good portion of the vines were planted in 1994 and are in the prime of life therefore, producing fruit with robust and concentrated character. This premium quality fruit coming from the vineyard is a winemaker's dream, as there is a level of excellence already established at each harvest.  The vineyard is painstakingly nurtured and maintained by hand all season long to ensure the vitality of the vines.

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