Read all about how we drank (and ate) our way through downtown Lex!
We’ve taken so many groups to the Distillery District in Lexington, but we haven’t had much time to explore it on our own yet. That’s exactly what we did this week! We planned our own itinerary for the day and had the best time. We basically ate and drank our way through downtown Lexington, and we were surprised to find some new favorite places!
Our day started with a tour at the new James E. Pepper Distillery, which is in the heart of the Distillery District on Manchester Street. The incredibly historic distillery used to encompass the entire area, but now many of the buildings have been turned into the businesses we love in the Distillery District. However, they’ve worked hard to revitalize the distillery and are now producing some amazing products! Our tour was small, and the guide (Ben) was so knowledgeable and personable. It was great to see the process, and he did a great job of explaining everything! We’ve taken many distillery tours in our day (seriously, it feels like we’ve done them all), so sometimes the tours become tedious and boring. Ben was so good at conveying the information and he kept our attention the whole time! We loved getting to taste their high wine straight off the still, and we also got to taste whiskey straight out of a barrel. I’m not usually a fan of rye bourbons or whiskeys, but I have to say that their products were very smooth and easy to drink!
After touring Pepper, we made our way a few doors down to Barrel House Distillery for a tasting. Chad made us feel welcome, and let us try multiple products such as rum, moonshine, and bourbon. After our tasting, we went into the next room which contains The Elkhorn Tavern, where we had a light (and tasty) lunch with delicious cocktails that were made with Barrel House products. Before leaving the Distillery District, we made one last stop for a beer at Ethereal Brewing. Craft beers are really popular around here, and we always love stopping in the local breweries.
We left the Distillery District early in the afternoon, and we wanted to make a few more visits in downtown Lex! We hit Justin’s House of Bourbon for a quick tour, stopped at West 6th Brewing for another local beer, and then ended our day at Oscar Diggs! It’s a new restaurant and bar in a great location downtown, and we have been dying to stop by. We weren’t disappointed! Their menu changes frequently, and we split some meatloaf sliders and fries. The meal was so delicious, and I’m sure the rest of the menu is equally impressive. They also had a great bourbon selection, so we decided to treat ourselves with some Blanton’s and Weller 12. Overall, it was a fantastic way to end a fun day in Lexington! Contact us if you’d like us to plan something similar for you!