West Main District of Louisville has some of the oldest structures in the city including some with cast iron facades. It is also the district that features Museum Row with several museums within walking distance of each other.
One museum is the Evan Williams Bourbon Museum located on Louisville’s Whiskey Row across from the riverfront location where the Evan William’s distillery once stood. Williams was the first commercial distiller. The tour combines videos, dioramas, and displays to explain the history and distilling bourbon starting in 1783. All bourbon is whiskey but not all whiskey is bourbon. By law bourbon must be aged in brand-new, charred white oak barrels, and it must be distilled from corn in the United States to be called bourbon. The tour end is a “tavern” for a tasting. Three different bourbons are sampled. The guide instructs on how to sip bourbon like an expert.
Dedicated bourbon sippers can go on the Bourbon Trail; pick up a passport, get it stamped at all the places and at the end you get a t-shirt. Collect stamps from all nine distilleries, and you will receive a complimentary Kentucky Bourbon Trail® T-shirt to commemorate your visit. The T-shirt can not be purchased it is only for the dedicated explorers who complete trail.And, not to fear there are many places to buy bourbon and even bourbon-infused products. For more information check evanwilliams.com and kybourbontrail.com.