Distilleries

Balcones Distilling

Waco,

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Come behold the beautiful copper pot stills from Scotland, see our grain silos and fermenters, and explore the award-winning flavors of Balcones in a fun and also educational experience that walks you through the whisky making process from grain to glass.

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn,

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In the 19th century, Marines were dispatched from the Navy Yard to crack down on illegal whiskey distilling in what became known as the WHISKEY WARS. Today, Kings County Distillery is proudly making moonshine and more on premises. Join BLDG 92 and Kings County Distillery on a tour (and tasting!) that explores whiskey scandals of the past and the resurgence of the industry today. For more information and to register, visit http://bldg92.org/events/.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

Brooklyn,

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In the 19th century, Marines were dispatched from the Navy Yard to crack down on illegal whiskey distilling in what became known as the WHISKEY WARS. Today, Kings County Distillery is proudly making moonshine and more on premises. Join BLDG 92 and Kings County Distillery on a tour (and tasting!) that explores whiskey scandals of the past and the resurgence of the industry today. For more information and to register, visit http://bldg92.org/events/.

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Franklin County,

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38.212669, -84.868363

Buffalo Trace Distillery is located in Franklin County, Kentucky, at an ancient buffalo crossing that became a pathway for westward moving explorers, pioneers and settlers. The bold spirit of Kentucky's ancestors lives on at Buffalo Trace Distillery, which stands as one of America's oldest distilling sites. The site's rugged flavor has been preserved for the benefit of Kentuckians, guests and visitors. The Buffalo Trace Distillery invites you to come and experience Buffalo Trace and feel the soul of adventure that is it legacy.

In 1775 the Leestown settlement was established when brothers Hancock and
Courtesy Buffalo Trace Distillery Willis Lee established their camp with a small company of men. They struggled to survive in the unforgiving conditions of a fierce wilderness and by 1789 the area held a thriving population. The abundant limestone spring water and fertile bottom loam-found to be perfect for growing exceptional grain, gave way to distillation and the distinguished bourbon heritage took root. There has been a working distillery on the grounds since 1787. The first modern distillery was built on the site in 1857, the first U.S. distillery to incorporate the use of steam power. E. H. Taylor, Jr., one of Kentucky's original bourbon aristocrats, purchased the site. By 1886, the distillery had introduced the nation's first climate-controlled warehousing for aging whiskey and earned a world-wide reputation for producing America's finest bourbon. Albert Blanton took over the operation and in 1984 the distillery became the first to commercially market a single-barrel bourbon.

The distillery has a history of finely crafted, award-winning bourbons. In the last 10 years alone, Buffalo Trace bourbons have earned more than 40 top distinctions in national and international competitions, and is world renowned. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the distillery's namesake spirit. Made in celebration of the area's rich ancestral heritage, the bourbon embodies the bold and rugged soul of early America.

The Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse was constructed some 60 years ago, with 200-year-old logs from authentic Kentucky log cabins. The two-story building can accommodate groups from 30 to 250, a private bar area is available year round and the facility is equipped with a full kitchen. The rustic veranda and balcony overlook a tree-shaded courtyard and floral gardens. The grounds are complete with an ornamental stream and a quaint wooden bridge. The perfect setting for private parties, receptions, business meetings and conferences. Tours of the distillery include: a visit to the distillery museum, the viewing of a historic film, a walk through the century-old warehouse, touring the bottling facilities and a stop at the gift shop.

Centennial Tours

Denver,

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Join us on a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most successful craft distilleries in Denver.

Cold River Vodka

Freeport,

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43.855515, -70.105892

The idea for Cold River Vodka originated with brothers Lee and Donnie Thibodeau. Growing up in Presque Isle, the heart of Maine?s potato country, they listened to their father and uncles tell about their history of turning potatoes into vodka. However, the realities of tending to the potato crop and the rigors of the annual harvest left little time.

Five years ago, the idea of commercially producing vodka resurfaced between Donnie and Lee as they were driving back to their childhood home in Presque Isle. After years of thinking of business ideas and talking about the future of Maine?s potato industry, the two decided to make the best vodka from Maine potatoes.

Maine?s agricultural industry is always searching for ways to add value to staple crops. This goal complemented the Thibodeaus? desire to preserve Maine?s open space and become the only distillery in the country that would oversee its entire production ? from planting potato seed to bottling vodka.

They called longtime friend Bob Harkins, who had recently left his post as a ski area executive, and asked him to explore the feasibility of producing vodka using Maine potatoes and Maine water. With that call, the business was born.

The three needed someone who knew distilling and soon discovered Chris Dowe. After a decade of installing and consulting on breweries across the country, he wanted to spend more time with his family in Maine.

The four partners and their wives chose the name Cold River Vodka. Glaciers carved the Cold River through the backbone of western Maine millennia ago. From the aquifer that this clear, pristine river feeds, the distillery takes its water. From a dream to a reality, from the ground to glass, from spud to super-premium spirit ? this is Cold River Vodka.

Corsair Artisan Distillery

Bowling Green,

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36.9938709, -86.4415547

A small craft spirits company, Corsair Artisan makes very small batches of spirits - just a few cases at a time - in their pot stills. Everything is done by hand, from production to bottling. Currently they produce a Gin-Head Style Gin, Vanilla Bean Vodka, Red Absinthe and Spiced Rum. In the works are spirits including Wry Moon Unaged Rye Whiskey, Kentucky Bourbon, Four Grain Whiskey and Aged Rye Whiskey. The micro-distillery uses pot stills which require more labor, but allow the craft distiller fine control over flavors and give broad room for experimentation. They use local ingredients and unusual techniques to make small volume batches of high-quality spirits.

The micro-distillery is located just off beautiful Fountain Square in historic downtown Bowling Green. The entrance is located on College Street.

D3 Tasting & Cocktail Room

Cottonwood,

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34.748400, -112.026984

The first tasting room for Desert Diamond Distillery located in Kingman AZ, this is the first craft distillery tasting room in AZ, although there are several by now. Taste AZ home grown spirits. We make four rums and a vodka right now, and in 2016 a whiskey will be released at the end of the year. A waiting list is being populated, please email if you would like information.

Dark Corner Distillery

Greenville,

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In downtown Greenville, SC. Offers a sample six of our spirits while hearing the history of the products and their unique flavor profiles. Tastings cost $4 and include a Dark Corner Distillery shot glass.

Desert Diamond Distillery

Kingman,

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32.258811, -113.950623

International award winning spirits available to taste. Clear white rum, dark rum, agave rum (the customer favorite) and barrel reserve rum. We also have a sugar cane based Vodka.

George A. Dickel Distillery

Normandy,

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35.42756, -86.239636

You won?t find Cascade Hollow on most maps. Nestled on the Highland Rim of the Cumberland Plateau, you will find us about halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga. The ancient limestone shelf of this plateau provides water than runs fresh and clear from the nearby Cascade Springs, and it made the perfect spot to build a distillery.

In 1870, George A. Dickel used this same pure water to distill his first bottle of Tennessee Whisky in Cascade Hollow as well as many unique techniques when producing his premium whisky. Today, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky is still handcrafted with the same quality and attention to detail that ensures that each drop of George Dickel is as remarkable now as it was when the first batch was made.

George A. Dickel discovered that whisky made during the winter was smoother than whisky made in the summer. So, George Dickel is the only Tennessee whisky to chill the whisky before it goes into the charcoal mellowing vats. This filters out the oils and fatty
acids inherent in most whisky products.

Then as it is now, Cascade Hollow is a place where time isn?t measured in hours, days or months, but in years. Where patience is not only a virtue, but an essential ingredient in making the finest Tennessee Whisky.

In fact, it is so smooth, George Dickel declared that because his whisky was as smooth as the finest scotch, he would always spell the ?whiskey? in George Dickel Tennessee Whisky without an ?e?, keeping with the Scotch whisky tradition.

Come tour the distillery and discover George Dickel?s award winning* whisky and its time honored traditions. The Visitor?s Center is filled with antiques, photos and special memories, and the George Dickel General Store is a wonderful place to visit and drop a line to family or friends at our very own U.S. Post Office ? the only working post office at any distillery in the United States. If you prefer, you can rock on our porch and enjoy the abundant nature that picturesque Cascade Hollow has to offer.

Experience the George Dickel Distillery and you?ll discover
why we are the best kept secret in Tennessee.

Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center

Bardstown,

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37.793603, -85.463911

Shortly after Prohibition ended in the United States, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to produce and market Bourbon and premium American whiskeys. At the time, it was as speculative a new business venture as the dot com start-ups of the 1990's -- a company founded with no brands, no available stocks of whiskey, and at the height of the Great Depression. Today, the company has overcome these initial challenges and grown to become the largest independent, family-owned producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the country. According to industry analysts, Heaven Hill is now the seventh largest spirits supplier in the United States and is the second largest holder of aging Bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 675,000 barrels.
Over the last two decades Heaven Hill has moved beyond its traditional focus on American whiskeys to become a broadly diversified spirits supplier. Heaven Hill's portfolio includes both domestically produced products, such as Evan Williams Bourbon and Christian Brothers Brandy, as well as a growing line of selected imported brands from around the world, such as Hpnotiq Liqueur and Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch. Brands are identified and developed to take advantage of the many varied consumer tastes that exist in the vast U.S. distilled spirits market. These brands are then sold on a national basis through an innovative and aggressive marketing and sales organization under a concept that is unique to the industry.
With an already robust business in the United States, Heaven Hill has now mounted an aggressive international expansion plan, forming partnerships with like-minded companies throughout the world. Heaven Hill has established its brands in over 40 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Central and South America.
The company's success is based on the fact that it is large enough to market brands aggressively in the United States and throughout the world, yet small enough to care about every brand and be responsive to the needs of every customer. Heaven Hill's formula for growth begins with the commitment to support its current portfolio of brands, while continuing to diversify by adding new products through internal development, agency relationships and acquisitions. Throughout its product line, Heaven Hill offers a competitive advantage by emphasizing unique characteristics like extra aging, superior quality, innovative packaging and uncompromised craftsmanship. Whether it is a Bourbon from Kentucky's First Distiller, such as Evan Williams, or a Gin first produced by the Lord Mayor of London, such as Burnett's, Heaven Hill products enjoy heritage, history and an unexcelled reputation.
In stark contrast to the unpredictable and ever-consolidating spirits industry, Heaven Hill remains fiercely independent, guided by the steady hands of the Shapira family. The company is dedicated to establishing long-term relationships with their customers in order to build strong brands and implement consistent, effective programming. Heritage, stability and dedication define Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., a company committed to producing and marketing the highest quality spirits products worldwide.
Company Timeline

1783 -- William Heavenhill is born "during an Indian raid which was being waged, under the cliffs near Rowan Creek" at the site of present day Heaven Hill Distilleries.

1783 -- Evan Williams sets up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio in Louisville at what is now 4th Street, thereby becoming Kentucky's First Distiller.

1789 -- Rev. Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister and farmer who had immigrated to Kentucky from Virginia, experiences a fire in his barn where he stores whiskey barrels. Putting his new whiskey in the burnt barrels anyway, Craig soon discovered that the whiskey would age better in the charred barrels, picking up color and flavor, and earning Craig the title of the "Father of Bourbon."

1837 -- Henry McKenna arrives in Kentucky from his native County Derry, Ireland. He sets up his distillery in Fairfield in 1855 where he begins producing his eponymous Bourbon, known as "Kentucky's Finest Table Whiskey."

1870 -- John E. Fitzgerald introduces his "private label" Bourbon, Old Fitzgerald, available only on rail and steamship lines and private clubs.

1934 -- Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., originally known as "Old Heavenhill Springs" distillery, is founded by a group of Bardstown-area investors and the five Shapira brothers, David, Ed, Gary, George and Mose. The company has 12 employees at the time of its founding.

1935 -- Barrel #1 is filled on December 13. Bourbon Falls is the company's first label.

1942 -- Harry Homel sells his interest in the Jim Beam Company and forms an association with the Shapira family. Heaven Hill, and many other distilled spirits production plants, are shut down during World War II and work with the government to produce alcohol for the war effort.

1946 -- Earl Beam leaves the Beam Company to succeed his cousin, Harry Beam, as Heaven Hill's Master Distiller.

1955 -- Barrel #500,000 is filled on September 30.

1957 -- Evan Williams Bourbon is introduced and becomes one of the nation's leading Bourbons and Heaven Hill's flagship brand.

1960 -- Earl Beam's son and current Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam joins the family business.

1961 -- Barrel #1,000,000 is filled on July 21.

1967 -- A new bottling facility is built with a capacity of 2.5 million cases per year.

1968 -- Barrel #1,500,000 is filled on December 5.

1971 -- Current Heaven Hill president Max L. Shapira joins the family business.

1973 -- Current Heaven Hill executive vice president Harry J. Shapira joins the family business.

1975 -- Parker Beam is named Heaven Hill Master Distiller, succeeding his father Earl.

1976 -- Barrel #2,000,000 is filled on March 24.

1982 -- Parker Beam's son and current Heaven Hill Master Distiller Craig Beam joins the family business.

1982 -- Barrel #2,500,000 is filled on June 18.

1986 -- Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon is introduced, thus becoming the first "Small Batch" Bourbon available.

1988 -- Heaven Hill becomes the licensed importing agent for Invergordon Distillers, plc. (now Whyte and Mackay, Ltd.)and begins importing Cluny Scotch Whisky.

1988 -- Barrel #3,000,000 is filled on February 18.

1989 -- Heaven Hill acquires Burnett's Gin, Henry McKenna Bourbon and Harwood Canadian Whisky.

1991 -- Heaven Hill launches a companion to Burnett's Gin: Burnett's Vodka.

1993 -- Heaven Hill acquires Copa De Oro Coffee Liqueur, Dubonnet Aperitif, Coronet VSQ Brandy, DuBouchett Cordials and Liqueurs, Philadelphia Blended Whiskey, Cabin Still Bourbon and J. W. Dant Bourbon, among others.

1993 -- Barrel #3,500,000 is filled on September 7.

1994 -- Heaven Hill becomes the licensed importing agent for Cooley Distillery, plc.of Dundalk, Ireland, and begins importing Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey and Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

1995 -- Heaven Hill introduces Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon, Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon, and Henry McKenna Bottled In Bond Single Barrel Bourbon. Heaven Hill acquires Two Fingers Tequila, and in conjunction with First Ireland Spirits, Ltd., of Abbyleix, Ireland introduces O'Mara's Irish Country Cream.

1996 -- George Shapira, last surviving member of the five founding brothers, passes away.

1998 -- Barrel #4,000,000 is filled on January 13.

1999 -- Heaven Hill acquires the historic Bernheim Distillery, The Christian Brothers Brandies, and the Old Fitzgerald Bourbon brand.

2000 -- Heaven Hill acquires the full line of Whaler's Flavored Rums.

2001 -- Current Heaven Hill Director of Marketing Strategy Kate Shapira Latts and her husband, Director of Corporate Planning Allan Latts, join the family business.

2002 -- Barrel #4,500,000 is filled on December 4.

2003 -- Heaven Hill acquires HPNOTIQ Liqueur

2003 -- Heaven Hill breaks ground for the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center - set to open in Fall 2004

2004 -- Heaven Hill dedicates the new Heaven Hill Trolley to
aid tourism in Bardstown and Nelson County

2004 -- Heaven Hill recieves its first prestigious Impact "Hot
Brand" award from M. Shanken Publishing for HPNOTIQ

2004 -- Heaven Hill dedicates the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center

2004 -- Wine Enthusiast names Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. Wine Star "Distiller of the Year"

2005 -- Heaven Hill introduces Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

2005 -- Heaven Hill introduces PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

Jack Daniel Distillery

Lynchburg,

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35.318047, -86.357478

The historic Jack Daniel Distillery is the major claim to fame of tiny (pop. 361) Lynchburg. This facility is, they say, America's oldest registered distillery. Purveyors of fine "Tennessee sipping whiskey" since 1866, the company offers guided tours that take visitors through the process, from cave spring to mash, charcoal mellowing to oak barrels.

Maker's Mark Bourbon

Loretto,

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37.635749, -85.402703

Enjoy an opportunity to visit a very historic, picturesque, and immaculately maintained smaller bourbon distillery where things are still done the old-fashioned way including the signature red wax dipping done by hand on the bottling line. See all steps of production of one of the finest bourbons available. Visitors can hand dip their own bottle in a special vat located in the gift shop.

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Denver,

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39.712238, -104.998291

This whiskey glowed amber from the start. When volunteer firefighter Jess Graber responded to a neighbor's barn fire down the road, he never imagined any good could come of it. But the barn he made effort to save belonged to George Stranahan, long-time liquor connoisseur. When the fire settled, the two discovered a shared passion for the Colorado outdoors and a good pour of fine whiskey. And so Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey was born. They developed a recipe for the smoothest, most flavorful whiskey in the world using the purity of their mountain surroundings to their advantage. Well, to your advantage. They say from each thing bad comes something good. For Jess, George, and fine whiskey drinkers alike, it's amazing just how good it can be.

The Woodford Reserve

Versailles,

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38.13554, -84.821779

The historic Woodford Reserve Distillery is unlike any other in America. Nestled amid the picturesque horse farms of Central Kentucky, The Woodford Reserve Distillery is the only distillery that crafts its bourbon in copper pot stills and ages it in unique limestone warehouses. Whiskey was first produced on this site in 1812. And it was here that some of America's earliest distilling pioneers perfected their craft.

Welcome to the home of Woodford Reserve, a super-premium small batch bourbon with roots at The Woodford Reserve Distillery* (circa 1812), a National Historic Landmark in the bluegrass region of central Kentucky.

Carefully hand-crafted, Woodford Reserve is painstakingly selected by our Master Distiller from only the finest maturing whiskey. Long years of slumber in the oldest surviving aging house in the Commonwealth have produced a bourbon of exceptional depth and character, with a complex, full-bodied taste and uniquely smooth finish.

Since its inception, Woodford Reserve has developed an international following, culminating in its coveted Gold Medal award at the 2001 International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. And it is already the best selling super-premium bourbon in Kentucky, the homeland of bourbon. Although we're proud of these accomplishments we want you to know that our passion is, and will always be, on crafting the very best bourbon we can.

Thank you for taking time to visit our site and please consider this an invitation to visit our Bourbon Homeplace in person. We would love to show you how we put over 200 years of bourbon knowledge into making our award winning bourbon, Woodford Reserve.

Wild Turkey (Bourbon)

Lawrenceburg,

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38.037188, -84.849508

Making bourbon whiskey is a combination of art and science. Essentially a handmade product, Wild Turkey Bourbon?s formulation is highly dependent on the selection of the highest quality ingredients and a commitment to an all-natural process, proper facilities and plenty of time. At Wild Turkey, we make only one brand - the same way, day in and day out, year after year, bottle after bottle.