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Wilderness Trail Distillery offers Master Distiller Tours

Shane Baker (Emily Toadvine/Wilderness Trail Distillery Photo)

DANVILLE, KY — Master Distiller tours will be offered at Wilderness Trail Distillery as part of the festivities during the KY State BBQ Festival Sept. 7-9 at the distillery.

Master Distiller Shane Baker will lead tours at 2 and 4 p.m. Sept. 8. The tour includes a trip to the barrelhouse where you will taste the Bourbon from the barrel. The tours feature the laboratory for Ferm Solutions, fermentation and distilling areas for the distillery that produces Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Blue Heron Vodka and Bourbon barrel-aged Harvest Rum.

Guests receive a souvenir Glencairn.

Tours are limited to 20 people. The cost is $40 a person.

Reserve a tour by calling 859-402-8707.
For more information, contact Emily Toadvine at

Second Bourbon release set

Wilderness Trail Distillery will have its second Bourbon release when it hosts the KY State BBQ Festival.

The Danville distillery’s first Bottled in Bond Bourbon release was a huge success and it is time for the second of the three releases this year. This release will be a wheated, Single Barrel, Bottled in Bond, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and a wheated Small Batch, Bottled in Bond, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

This special event coincides with the return of the KY State BBQ Festival to our 44-acre campus. This weekend is all about enjoying the food created by seven celebrity pitmasters, shopping with a variety of vendors, and enjoying music by seven bands.

“Our Bourbon releases offer a traditional mature Kentucky Bourbon whiskey you would have found decades ago. It has the taste and nose of an mature Kentucky Bourbon — mellow nose with sweet fruity oak, caramels twisted with creamy vanilla nut and a touch of chocolate. Enjoying it neat, it finishes silky smooth and long and proofing down on the rocks brings out more expressions of smoother aromatics and a creamier mouthfeel finish. Being most of the releases are Single Barrels, the different expressions from the barrel have been a true joy to experience,” Baker said.

While you’re savoring the treats at the KY State BBQ Festival, please remember this event is a fundraiser for the Heart of Kentucky United Way.

So, enjoy your Wilderness Trail Bourbon responsibly and support this great cause by coming out.

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