Bardstown-Nelson County Community Profile


Take a closer look at Bardstown and Nelson County, Ky., the Bourbon Capital of the World. Named the Most Beautiful Small Town in America, Bardtown has a bustling economy, unique tourist attractions, three bourbon distilleries and much more.

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Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center is a state-of-the-art visitor center designed to provide the ultimate educational and entertainment experience. Nelson County is the World���s Bourbon Capital The annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown offers more the 30 events spread across six days ENTUCKY has been known for Bourbon for more than 200 years, and Bardstown is at the heart of Bourbon Country. It is the home of three distilleries, Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Barton 1792. Maker���s Mark, Wild Turkey, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace distilleries are only short drives away. ���With four nearby distilleries producing the majority of the world���s Bourbon and K 14 hosting of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown has earned the distinction of the Bourbon Capital of the World,��� said Dawn Przystal, the county���s Vice President for Tourism Expansion and Marketing. Heaven Hill, founded after Prohibition ended, is the largest independent family-owned producer and marketer of distilled spirits and produces such Bourbons as Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Old Fitzgerald. Heaven Hill is home to the world���s second largest holding of The Lane Report���s Bardstown/Nelson County Community Profile Kentucky is the Home of Bourbon Bourbon is a distinctive product of the United States. To be considered Bourbon, whiskey must contain at least 51 percent but no more than 80 percent corn. The mash has to be distilled at less than 160 proof, aged at no more than 125 proof and bottled at 80 proof or more. The aging must be done in new, charred white oak barrels for at least two years and the taste cannot be adulterated in any way. After the barrels have been used once, any whiskey aged in them can���t be called Bourbon. aging Kentucky whiskey, representing over 16 percent of the world���s future supply. The distillery is proud of its state-of-the-art Bourbon Heritage Center on the outskirts of Bardstown. The center features interactive exhibits, an educational movie, a barrel-shaped tasting room and a gift shop. Visitors can take guided tours of the operation ��� and can even create a personalized bottle as a souvenir. Jim Beam has production facilities near Boston in Nelson County and at Clermont, just over the county line in neighboring Bullitt County. The Clermont facility is home to Jim Beam���s American Outpost, which commemorates the history of the seven generations of Beams in the Bourbon industry. A new visitor center, opening soon, will have an enhanced visitor experience. Currently, visitors can tour the grounds and the Beam family home, view exhibits, sample Bourbon and browse through the gift shop. The Beam home is on the National Register of Historic Places and houses two centuries of family memorabilia. In historic Spalding Hall in downtown Bardstown, the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History delights visitors of all ages. Getz���s family purchased a distillery in Bardstown in 1944 and named it Barton Distillery. Getz spent 50 years accumulating a vast collection of historical items pertaining to whiskey, and his wife, Emma, presented it to the City of Bardstown after her husband���s death in 1983. Exhibits tell the story of whiskey and include rare artifacts from colonial days to post-Prohibition, including an authentic moonshine still. Displays also tell about the whiskey connections of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. To honor the area���s Bourbon heritage, the internationally renowned Kentucky Bourbon Festival was begun as a local effort in 1992, with one event. Today the festival has more than 30 events spread over six days. ���International��� is correct. In the past five years media from Canada, England, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Japan and Russia have come to Bardstown

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