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Best Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries List (Bourbon Brands Produced)

Last updated Jan 13, 2021 | Published on Dec 10, 2020

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by Matty Sims

Ready for our complete Kentucky bourbon distilleries list? Let’s go. The bourbon boom has resulted in thousands of new Kentucky bourbon distilleries as well as resurrected distilleries from bygone years. And then there are the old faithful distilleries. Our bourbon and whiskey distilleries list will cover them all. First, an introduction to the big guns of bourbon. Thirteen large distilleries owned by eight companies produce over 99% of the whiskey made in the U.S.

Of the thirteen, ten are in Kentucky, two are in Tennessee (George Dickel and Jack Daniel’s), and one is in Indiana (MGP). These three states border each other which makes sense when you know a bit of geography and know how important limestone water was and is for making good bourbon whiskey.

In addition to listing the bourbon and whiskey distilleries, I will also include the bourbon brands (and other whiskeys) crafted by that distillery. We’ve also included independent bottlers as well. If you don’t see your distillery on this bourbon and whiskey distilleries list, please contact us to be added.

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Kentucky Bourbon & Whiskey Distilleries List

KY Bourbon Distilleries List

Kentucky bourbon distilleries, what more can be said? You could spend an entire month traveling the state and sampling bourbons and never run out. Here’s the complete Kentucky bourbon distilleries list, so get started.

Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. (Lyons Spirits), Lexington, KY

  • Pearse Lyons Reserve Malt Whiskey
  • Town Branch Bourbon
  • Town Branch Rye

Angel’s Envy (Lousiville Distilling Co), Lousiville, KY

Barrel House Distilling Co., Lexington, KY

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  • Woodshed Whisky
  • Barrel House Bourbon
  • Rock Castle Bourbon
  • Ray’s Reserve Bourbon

Bardstown Bourbon Co., Bardstown, KY

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Pro Tip: Their on-site restaurant Bottle & Bond Kitchen & Bar is delicious and has a bourbon selection that’s bar none.

  • Fusion Series – Fusing youthful and aged bourbons
  • Discovery Series – Three aged bourbons blended to create smooth and unique expressions
  • Collaborative Series – Finished Whiskey

Barton 1792 Distillery (Sazerac), Bardstown, KY

Grocery Store WhiskeysUnder Other Distilleries
Barton Whiskeys
75 South (Safeway)Flatboat (Founders Company)1792 Ridgemont ReserveZachariah HarrisKentucky Dale Blended WhiskeyTen High Bourbon and Bourbon Blend
Albertson's Bourbon & Blended WhiskeyTexas Spirit (Founders Company)Bar Code Blended Whiskey (formerly owned by LeVecke)War Eagle (previously Levecke)Kentucky GentlemanTom Moore
Trader Joe's BourbonFlint Creek (Founders Company)Black RidgeFleischmann's Rye and Blended WhiskeyKentucky TavernTwo Stars
Winn-Dixie Liquors Genuine Kentucky Bourbon WhiskeyDierbergs (Oak Park Distilling)Bourbon WhiskeyFletcher's Blended WhiskeyMilitary SpecialThomas S. Moore Finished Bourbon
Samuel Grant (Safeway)Big House Bourbon (Underdog Spirits)Buck HornVery Old BartonMr. Boston
Bentley's (Oak Park Distilling)Carstairs White Seal Blended WhiskeyGran Legacy Blended WhiskeyOld Thompson Blended Whiskey

C.B. JacksonHeritage Blended WhiskeyRoyale Club Blended Whiskey

Chestnut FarmsImperial Blended WhiskeySetter
Colonel Lee Bourbon and Blended WhiskeyJeffers CreekSutton Club Blended Whiskey
Coulson'sJethro T. BootsAtlantic Distillers Bourbon
Constellation Brands acquired Barton's in 1993 then sold Barton to Sazerac in 2009. Some of these whiskeys use "Clear Spring Distilling Co." and "County Line Distillers" as their maker.

Bluegrass Distillers, Lexington, KY

  • High Rye Bourbon
  • Wheated Bourbon
  • Blue Corn Wheated Bourbon
  • High Rye Bottled in Bond Bourbon
  • Bourbon Finished in Hard Cider Barrels
  • Blue Dog Whiskey

Boone County Distilling Co., Independence, KY

  • Eighteen 33 Bourbon (MGP)
  • Split Rock Shine
  • Tanner’s Curse
  • Small Batch Bourbon
  • Bourbon Cream
  • Single Barrel Bourbon

Boundary Oak Distillery, Elizabethtown, KY

  • Blackhorse 1901 American Whiskey
  • Lincoln Straight Bourbon
  • Kentucky Amber
  • Patton Armored Diesel

Brough Brothers Distillery, Louisville, KY

  • Kentucky’s First and Only African American Owned Distillery
  • Bryson Yarbrough, Kentucky’s First Black Master Distiller
  • Brough Brothers Bourbon
    • 41% ABV or 82 Proof
    • Mashbill: 75% Corn, 21% Rye, & 4% Malted Barley
  • Address: 1460 Dixie Hwy., Louisville, KY 40210

Brown Forman, Shively, KY

Brown-Forman, Shively, KY
Cooper's Craft (Shively, KY)Woodford ReserveJack Daniel's (Lynchburg, TN)Old Forester (Shively, KY)
Cooper's Craft Original 82.2 ProofDouble Oaked BourbonJack Daniel's RyeOld Forester 86 ProofWhiskey Row Series
Cooper's Craft Barrel Reserve 100 ProofMalt WhiskeyJack Daniel's Single Barrel SelectOld Forester 100 ProofOld Forester 1870 Original Batch Whisky
Rye WhiskeyGentleman JackOld Forester Rye WhiskyOld Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond Whisky
Wheat WhiskeySinatra SelectOld Forester President’s Choice BourbonOld Forester 1910 Old Fine Whiskey
Master's CollectionJack Daniel's Bottled in BondOld Forester Statesman BourbonOld Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Whisky
Distillery SeriesJack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel StrengthOld Forester Single Barrel 90 Proof
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel 100 ProofOld Forester Birthday Bourbon
Jack Daniel's Barrel Strength Rye150th Anniversary Bourbon Batches 1 to 3
Old Forester Master Taster Selection

Buffalo Trace (Sazerac), Frankfort, KY

Buffalo Trace (Sazerac), Frankfort, KY
Mashbill #1 (Low Rye)Mashbill #2 (High Rye)Mashbill #3 (Wheated)Rye MashbillPappy Van WinkleBTACOther Whiskeys
Buffalo TraceAncient Age (Age International)Weller Special ReserveSazerac Rye WhiskeyOld Rip 10 Year Old BourbonThomas H. Handy RyeSingle Oak Project
Eagle RareElmer T. Lee (Age International)Weller Antique 107Sazerac 18 Year Old RyeLot B 12 Year Old BourbonSazerac 18 Year Old RyeBuffalo Trace Experimental Collection
Old CharterBlanton's (Age International)Weller 12 Year OldThomas H. Handy RyeVan Winkle Rye 13 Year OldGeorge T. StaggFirefly Moonshine (Firefly Distillery in SC)
BenchmarkRock Hill Farms (Age International)Weller Full ProofE.H. Taylor Straight RyePappy Van Winkle 15 Year OldWilliam Larue WellerEarly Times Bottled in Bond (acquired from Brown-Forman 2020)
E.H. TaylorHancock's Reserve (Age International)Weller CYPBPappy Van Winkle 20 Year OldEagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon
Stagg Jr.Kelsey CreekWeller Single BarrelPappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old
Old Taylor (acquired from Jim Beam 2009)William Larue Weller
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon
George T. Stagg
Previously George T. Stagg Distillery (also known as Ancient Age Distillery). Buffalo Trace contract distills the Van Winkle Whiskeys for the Van Winkle Family. Age International owns a few of the brands (all mashbill #2) but Buffalo Trace distills, ages, bottles, and distributes them.

Castle & Key (Peristyle), Frankfort, KY

Castle & Key distills at the former Old Taylor Distillery. It was one of the first destination distilleries because it was a castle (Colonel EH Taylor, you sly dog, you were ahead of your time). In November 2020, they released their first whiskey — Restoration Rye.

Corsair Distillery, Bowling Green, KY and Nashville, TN

  • Triple Smoke Malt whiskey
  • Wry Moon Unaged Rye Whiskey
  • Blackberry Farm Tennessee Bourbon
  • Rasputin Hopped Whiskey
  • Graniac 9 Grain Bourbon
  • James E. Pepper Bourbon
  • W.M. Cove Bourbon

Fern Creek Bourbon, Lousiville, KY

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Four Roses (Kirin), Lawrenceburg, KY

Four Roses (Kirin), Lawrenceburg, KY
Type
Four Roses Yellow Label
Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Single Barrel
Four Roses Small Batch Select
Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Proof (10 Recipes)
Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition

Four Roses Mashbills

Four roses has 10 recipes consisting of 10 mashbills and two yeast strains:

  • Mashbill E = 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% malted barley
  • Mashbill B = 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley

Four Roses Yeast Strains

  • Yeast K = Slight Spice
  • Yeast Q = Floral Essence
  • Yeast O = Rich Fruit
  • Yeast F = Herbal Notes
  • Yeast V = Delicate fruit

How to Read a Four Roses Label

Four Roses labels don’t have to be confusing. In order, from left to right:

  • Warehouse Number – Warehouse on the Four Roses property where the barrel was stored
  • Side of the Warehouse – N, S, E, W, etc
  • Rick Number – Rick which barrel was stored
  • Tier Number – Tier/level of the rick which barrel was stored
  • Position Number – The position of the barrel within the tier. The first barrel is A, the second is B, the third is C, and so on.

Hartfield & Co., Paris, KY

Hartfield & Co. was formerly The Gentleman

  • American Whiskey
  • Wheated Bourbon
  • Country Burn Bourbon
  • Single Barrel Wheated Bourbon

Glenns Creek Distilling, Frankfort, KY

  • OCD #5 Bourbon
  • Ryskie Rye (MGP)
  • Stave & Barrel Bourbon (MGP)
  • Hamilton Smoke
  • Hamilton Dark
  • Hamilton’s Spirit
  • Millville Malt
  • Café Olé Bourbon

The Green River Distillery, Owensboro, KY

Some of these brands have moved on to different distilleries over time and some are no longer in production

  • Five Brothers
  • Green River
  • Ezra Brooks
  • Mellow Corn
  • Medley Brothers
  • Kentucky Beau
  • Old Medley

Heaven Hill, Louisville, KY & Bardstown, KY

Heaven Hill, Louisville, KY & Bardstown
Bourbon
Wheated BourbonRyeWheat WhiskeyCorn Whiskey
Blended Whiskey
1492 BourbonEvan WilliamsMartin Mills (export only)Tom SimsLarceny Small BatchPikesville RyeBernheim Wheat WhiskeyDixie DewAristocrat SupremeMattingly & MooreSir Walter
AristocratFighting CockMattingly & MooreTW SamuelsLarceny Barrel ProofRittenhouse RyeGeorgia MoonCountry GentlemanMcHenryTW Samuels
Blue State Bourbon (for 2012 election)Heaven HillMellow BourbonWilliam HeavenhillOld FitzgeraldStephen Foster RyeJW CornDistiller's PrideNewportWilson
Cabin StillHenry McKennaNewportYellow Rose ofTexasMellow CornGukenheimerOld MillNew Make
ChampionJim PorterOld 1889VirginHaller's ReserveOld Mill StreamTrybox
Chapin & GoreJTS BrownOld Whiskey River (Alive Spirits)Echo SpringJW DantPauljones
Colonel's PrideJW DantParker's Heritage CollectionElijah CraigKentucky BeauPhiladelphia
Daniel StewartKentucky BeauPennypacker (export only for Borco)Kentucky SupremeKentucky DeluxePrivate Cellar
Dierberg'sKentucky DeluxePrivate CellarMark TwinKentucky GoldQuality House
Distiller's PrideKentucky GoldQuality HouseRed State Bourbon (for the 2012 election)Kentucky SupremeRoyal
Elijah Craig Barrel ProofElijah Craig ToastedSam Clay
Most of the distillation takes place at the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville.

Jim Beam (Beam Suntory), Clermont & Boston, KY

Jim Beam (Beam Suntory), Clermont & Boston, KY
Straight Bourbon WhiskeyPremium WhiskeysWhite whiskeyLiqueursSmall BatchSingle BarrelsThe OldsMaker'sOther Whiskeys
White Label (the flagship whiskey) Jim Beam Original (4 years, 80 proof)Jim Beam Signature Craft bourbon whiskey (12 years, 86 proof)Jacob's GhostRed Stag black cherry bourbon liqueurBooker's Small BatchBaker's: aged 7 years, 107 proof (53.5% ABV)Overholt Rye WhiskeyMaker's Wheated BourbonOld Crow
Black Label Jim Beam Black (extra aged, NAS, 86 proof)Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask BourbonJim Beam AppleBasil Hayden's ("high-rye" mash bill)Jim Beam Single Barrel – 95 proof[17]Old Grand-Dad 114Maker's 46
Jim Beam Devil's Cut (6 years, bourbon extracted from the barrel's wood after emptying, 90 proof)Jim Beam Harvest Collection (Limited Release)Jim Beam HoneyKnob Creek Small BatchKnob Creek BourbonOld Grand-Dad BondedMaker's Cask Strength
Jim Beam Bonded (4 years, 100 proof, bottled in bond)Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks Finished)Jim Beam Kentucky FireKnob Creek RyeOld Grand-DadMaker's Private Select
Jim Beam Double OakStraight Rye WhiskeyJim Beam MapleMaker's Finish Stave Series
Jim Beam Distiller's CutJim Beam RyeJim Beam Red StagMaker's Mark Seared Blu 1-3 (Limited Release, KY Only)
Little BookJim Beam VanillaMaker's 101
Baker's 13 Year Single Barrel (Limited Release)Jim Beam Peach

Kentucky Artisan Distillery (Copperhead Distillery), Crestwood, KY

  • Jefferson’s (part owners)
  • Barrell Craft
  • Diversa’s 1888 Bourbon
  • 35 Maple’s Bib & Tucker Bourbon
  • JSB Reserve Bourbon
  • Kindred Spirits’ Highspire Rye
  • Kindred Spirits’ Highspire Whiskey
  • Rocky Top Distillery’s Rocky Top Moonshine
  • George Remus Rye

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., Louisville, KY

  • Peerless Rye
  • Peerless Bourbon

Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon, KY

Operated by members of the Beam family and opened in 2011 (co-owned with Luxco)

  • T.J. Pöttinger Corn Whiskey
  • Minor Case Rye
  • Yellowstone Select
  • Yellowstone Limited Edition

Maker’s Mark (Beam Suntory), Loretto, KY

M.B. Roland Distillery, Pembroke, KY

  • White Dog
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Single Barrel)
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Wheated Mash)
  • M.B. Roland Dark Fired Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Dark Fired Whiskey
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Straight Corn Whiskey
  • M.B. Roland True Kentucky Shine
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Black Dog
  • M.B. Roland Flavored Shine
  • M.B. Roland Mint Julep
  • M.B. Roland Kentucky Straight Hemped Bourbon

Michter’s Distillery, Shively, KY

  • Straight Rye
  • Straight Bourbon
  • American Whiskey
  • Sour Mash
  • Toasted Barrel Rye
  • Toasted Barrel Bourbon
  • Toasted Barrel Sour Mash
  • Barrel Strength Rye
  • Barrel Strength Bourbon
  • 10-Year-Old Single Barrel Rye
  • 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
  • 20-Year-Old Bourbon
  • 25-Year-Old Bourbon
  • 25-Year-Old Rye
  • Bomberger’s Declaration
  • Shenk’s Homestead

New Riff Distilling, Newport, KY

  • OKI Bourbon (MGP – Out of Production)
  • New Riff Bottled in Bond Bourbon
  • New Riff Bottled in Bond Rye
  • Single Barrel Barrel Proof Bourbon
  • Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye

Old Pogue Distillery, Maysville, KY

Old Pogue functioned as an independent bottled since the original distillery closed in 1940, but that changed in 2012 when the Pogue family opened the new Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville, KY.

  • Limestone Landing Rye
  • Five Fathers Rye

Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Louisville, KY

  • Old Rip 10-Year-Old Bourbon
  • Lot B 12-Year-Old Bourbon
  • Van Winkle Rye 13-Year-Old
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15-Year-Old
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year-Old
  • Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year-Old

Paducah Distilled Spirits, Paducah, KY

  • Uncle Mosey’s Moonshine Corn Whiskey
  • Old Paducah Corn Whiskey
  • Lubow Corn Whiskey

Preservation Distillery, Bardstown, KY

  • Wattie Boone & Sons
  • Very Olde St. Nick
  • Cowboy Little Barrel
  • Rare Perfection

Pursuit Spirits

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  • Pursuit Spirits Uncut Unfiltered Single Barrels
  • Pursuit United (Blend of KY, TN, NY Whiskey)

Second Sight Spirits, Ludlow, KY

  • Oak Eye Kentucky Bourbon

Three Boys Farm Distillery, Frankfort, KY

Three Boys Farm Distillery was formerly Whiskey Thief Distillery

  • Three Boys Bourbon
  • Three Boys Rye Whiskey
  • Whiskey Thief Crafted Bourbon
  • Whiskey Thief Rye Whiskey
  • Foggy Dog Flavored Whiskey

Wild Turkey (Campari Group), Lawrenceburg, KY

Pernod Ricard sold the Wild Turkey brand for $575 million to Italy’s Campari in 2009.

  • Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Wild Turkey 101
  • Wild Turkey Rye
  • Wild Turkey Rye 101
  • Long Branch
  • Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon
  • Rare Breed Barrel Proof Rye
  • Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel
  • Wild Turkey Master’s Keep
  • Russel’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Bourbon
  • Russel’s Reserve Single Barrel
  • Russel’s Reserve 6-Year-Old Rye
  • Russel’s Reserve Limited Edition
  • Duke Bourbon
  • Bond & Lillard Bourbon
  • Old Ripy Bourbon

Wilderness Trail Distillery, Danville, KY

Willett Distillery (Kentucky Bourbon Distillers), Bardstown, KY

  • Willett Family Estate Rye
  • Willett Family Estate Bourbon
  • Willett Pot Still Reserve
  • Johnny Drum Private Stock
  • Johnny Drum Black Label
  • Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond
  • Old Bardstown Estate Bottled
  • Old Bardstown 90 Proof
  • Noah’s Mill
  • Rowan’s Creek
  • Pure Kentucky
  • Vintage Kentucky

Wheel Horse Whiskey, Owensboro, KY

Latitude Beverage in partnership with The Green River Distillery also known as Owensboro Distilling Co (formerly O.Z. Tyler).

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey (Diageo), Louisville, KY

  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Bulleit Rye
  • Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
  • Bulleit Barrel Strength Whiskey
  • Bulleit Blenders Select
  • Bulleit Single Barrel Bourbon

Stitzel-Weller Distillery (Diageo), Lousiville, KY

  • Blade and Bow Bourbon
  • Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Bourbon

Kentucky Owl (SPI Group), Bardstown, KY

  • Kentucky Owl Rye
  • Kentucky Owl Bourbon
  • Kentucky Owl Confiscated Bourbon
  • Kentucky Owl Dry State Bourbon

Barrell Craft Spirits, Louisville, KY

If you don’t see your distillery on this bourbon distilleries list, please contact us to be added.

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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