Updated: Sep 14
What to Know When Booking a Tour
These days, it’s so tempting to book a trip just to get out of the house for a while! Unfortunately, it’s also really stressful to think about what traveling will look like this summer, but we’re here to make things as easy and normal as possible! We wanted to take a little time to update everyone on what to expect as the distilleries start to reopen over the next month! While things may not look “normal” for a while, we’re all going to do everything we can to make sure our groups have an amazing experience.
Not all distilleries will be open right away
While the distilleries got the official “green light” to open earlier last month, many of them (especially the bigger ones) have not announced plans for reopening yet. The following distilleries have announced that they are open now, or will be within the next few weeks:
Evan Williams Experience
Bulleit Bourbon (weekends only)
Copper & Kings Brandy Distillery
Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Lux Row Distillers
Limestone Branch Distillery
Bardstown Bourbon Company
Barrel House Distillery
Stizel-Weller (weekends only)
Glenns Creek Distillery
James E. Pepper Distillery
Hartfield & Co.
Please keep in mind that many of these distilleries are only offering modified tours/tastings (these are not the full tour and tasting experiences we are all used to!), and some only have their retail shops open! They’re all trying hard to reopen in ways that protect the health and safety of their employees and visitors, so they appreciate your flexibility and patience. At this time, most of these locations will also not be offering any of their specialty tours. We’ll keep our website updated as more distilleries announce their opening dates!
Also, we realize that many of the big names in bourbon aren't doing tours yet. However, their are so many great craft options! This is the perfect time to experience new bourbons and new distilleries!
Distilleries will be enforcing safety procedures
Here in Kentucky, we’re working really hard to keep people safe and healthy. The distilleries are required to follow a specific protocol in order to be allowed to operate, so all visitors will be expected to comply with their rules. Tour sizes are being limited to 8 people for the time being, so we’ve decided to limit our group sizes to 8 people as well! In addition, you’ll be expected to practice social distancing while at the distilleries, and they may require you to wear a mask. During your time spent in the vehicle, your driver will be wearing a mask and we will provide them if you’d like one as well! In addition, we’ll be sanitizing our vehicles thoroughly between groups and will provide hand sanitizer (from a local distillery!) to all groups.
Flexibility is appreciated!
We’re doing the best we can to ensure that your experience is as normal and amazing as possible, but we appreciate your flexibility throughout the booking process and on the day of your experience. Tourism is constantly evolving right now, but we will try to keep the stress level low! We may not be able to accommodate all tour/distillery requests right now due to limitations (tour times, tickets, etc.) at the distilleries. Also note that distilleries may have to close at a moment’s notice for health/safety reasons, so we may have to make substitutions if needed.
Also, please know that restaurants and other attractions are open, but operating at a limited capacity. As always, we’re happy to recommend other things to do and places to eat while you’re in town! That being said, most things in Kentucky will be operating at a limited capacity for a while. You may want to make reservations in advance for dinners and other tours/experiences!
We can't look forward to taking you on the road again!
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