The World's Most Sophisticated Distillery

This is the modern bourbon experience

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 A NEW BLEND OF BOURBON MAKERS


Bardstown Bourbon Company is the first Napa Valley style destination on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, combining distilling, culinary, and beverage expertise to create a modern, authetic bourbon experience.

No secrets or fabricated legends. Bardstown Bourbon celebrates the craft of making bourbon for the modern bourbon drinker and the beloved community that brings bourbon to the world.

Set on 100 acres in the heart of the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown Bourbon Company thrives on innovation, while always honoring the history and tradition of distilling. We produce the highest-quality bourbons, whiskies, and ryes – and through our one-of-a-kind Collaborative Distilling Program, we produce unique blends in partnership with some of the industry’s premier wine and spirits brands. As well, our Custom Distilling Program uses state-of-the-art technology combined with the most experienced team in the bourbon industry to distilling over 50 mashbills for more than 30 different partners (learn more here).

It’s what we call the modern bourbon experience. 

FUSION SERIES

The art of fusing.

Fusion is the celebration and process of blending of newer and older bourbons to create something unique.

The younger spirits are 100% our own product, aged three to four years, mellowed with hand- selected, supremely aged bourbon that beautifully complements our specific recipes.

As we grow, our bourbon ages — a difference you can taste with each Fusion release.

DISCOVERY SERIES

The art of blending.

The Discovery Series showcases the art of blending hand-selected, supremely aged bourbon. For each release, team members throughout the distillery taste, analyze, and vote on the best recipe. It is a celebration of our collaborative spirit, working together to create something unique and spectacular. Discovery means exploration and pushing the boundaries – blending fine bourbons from Kentucky, other parts of the U.S., and hard-to-find whiskies from around the world. 

COLLABORATIVE SERIES

The art of finishing.

The Collaborative Series is a celebration of kindred spirits. We partner with our favorite producers in wine, beer, and spirits to create exceptional expressions. Our hand- selected premium bourbon is placed into our partner’s barrels then aged in our rickhouses to mature into the finest one-of-kind release. Recent releases include award-winning collaborations with Maison Ferrand, Founders’ Brewing, The Prisoner Wine Co., Chateau de Laubade, and more.

DISTILLERY COLLECTION

The art of innovation.

Innovation, collaboration, and exclusivity come together in our Distillery Collection. These one-time, limited offerings present the best of our dedication to the art and science of bourbon. From experimental finishes to unique single barrels, this bottle encapsulates our approach to whiskey-making. Every time you visit, there’s something new to discover and take home after your Bardstown experience. It is both the journey and the destination.

EXPLORE THE BARDSTOWN BOURBON CO.

Our campus is home to the first full-service restaurant and bar in a distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.

The Kitchen & Bar is a modern, full-service restaurant where guests can dine with a view of the working distillery through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall. A scratch kitchen with both Southern and international flair, Bardstown Bourbon Company Kitchen & Bar features thoughtfully executed, approachable cuisine informed by both Kentucky classics and the world’s finest flavors. We source locally, calling out the farms right on the menu, and make everything in house. We call this the modern Kentucky experience.

Our craft cocktail program, unique whiskey and vintage spirits library, curated wine collection, and selection of local beers is unlike anything you find on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. The world-class bar team works closely with our distillery to highlight the flavor profiles and nuances of each spirit, crafting a creative and wholly unique experience for our guests.

We’ve created an inviting, fun, and approachable environment where people can enjoy an exceptional meal, great cocktails, and try a wide variety of brands from our unique whiskey collection. The Kitchen & Bar is truly designed to bring people together.

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Along with one of the highest rated distillery tours on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, Bardstown Bourbon Company offers a range of experiences that are memorable, educational and fun.

Fill Your Own Bottle Join us at the rickhouse and fill your own bottle of bourbon directly from the barrel at the end of your tour.

Bourbon & Bites Enjoy three bourbon blends with creative pairings from our own Chef Stu Plush.

Distillation Class This behind-the-scenes look is an informative journey through our operational techniques from rising industry star and Head Distiller Nick Smith.

Honey Spot Barrel Thieving Travel into the depths of our rickhouse and thieve three bourbons directly from the barrel.

While our brand looks to the future, the Vintage Library honors the craft and tradition by looking to the past. This extensive collection includes over 400 vintage whiskies dating back to 1892, including an array of Prohibition-era expressions.

Our Vintage Library is home to our “A Taste of Bourbon History” experience, featuring a limited offering of three vintage whiskies, as well as our Bourbon & Bites experience (subject to availability). The Vintage Library is also available for private intimate events.

Learn the secrets to fine bourbon mixology in-person or at home!

Our Shaken & Stirred class is a perfect complement to our tours and a guaranteed good time. Join our Spirits Specialists in this fun, hands-on experience of crafting two iconic bourbon cocktails.

As well, the Bardstown Bourbon Co. offers virtual at-home cocktail classes led by our national brand ambassador Sam Montgomery. Each class, offered monthly, features easily accessible ingredients to create seasonal cocktails perfect for entertaining guests or a relaxing evening at home.

The Mobile Discovery Tour brings the Bardstown Bourbon experience straight to you! Our sleek and ultra-modern mobile tasting bar is a 50′ long recreation of our campus’ modern bourbon experience, including living moss wall and an inventory of both our flagship and most exclusive expressions to sample. Looking for the Mobile Discovery Tour at whiskey festivals, fine restaurants, and premium retailers throughout the United States. Follow the tour here!

MEET THE BARDSTOWN BOURBON CO. TEAM

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STEVE NALLY

Steve Nally
Master Distiller and Bourbon Hall of Fame Inductee.

With close to 50 years of industry experience, Steve Nally is one of the few remaining Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distillers currently working in this capacity. He and his wife Donna are the only living husband-and-wife couple in the Bourbon Hall of Fame. Steve’s unique skill set makes him an important strategic asset for the Bardstown Bourbon Company. Nally grew up in Loretto, where he started his career with Maker’s Mark in 1972. Over time, Steve progressed through every facet Maker’s operations, culminating in the role of Master Distiller which he started in 1988. Nally retired from Maker’s Mark in 2003, having spent more than three decades at the distillery, to start his own distilling consultancy. During this time, Steve laid the foundation for Wyoming Whiskey, which launched in 2009.  Steve built Wyoming Whiskey from the ground up, developed their first line of products, and secured a number of awards and achievements. In 2014, Steve returned to Kentucky as employee number 1 at Bardstown Bourbon Company. Breaking ground in 2014, Nally and the team sold out BBC’s custom distilling capacity before it was even completed in 2016. Since then, BBC has quadrupled capacity, producing more than 50 unique mash-bills, for 30 different customers. In 2018, Bardstown Bourbon launched its own, award-winning brand, becoming the seventh-largest distiller of Bourbon, Rye, and American Whiskies in the US. Steve remains involved with product development while also serving as the face of the brand as it expands across the country.

SAM MONTGOMERY

Samantha “Sam” Montgomery
National Brand Ambassador, Bardstown Bourbon Company. Certified Specialist of Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward.

 As Beverage Specialist and National Brand Ambassador of both Bardstown Bourbon Company and its in-house Kitchen & Bar, Sam Montgomery connects the consumer to the distillery experience in Bardstown, Kentucky. The 29-year-old Peoria, Illinois native spent nearly half her life in the service industry. Her experiences and training have afforded her the creativity and qualities of a social chameleon; a skillset pertinent to the company’s brand, outreach and development.

 

At just 15, Montgomery started working for a locally owned restaurant in her Illinois hometown. It was here where she learned how much she loved interacting with the public. Montgomery continued to develop her service industry skills over the next six years before launching her bartending career at Peoria’s upscale seafood restaurant, The Fish House. Craving more challenges in making craft cocktails, she moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2017, a city she says has a vibrant cocktail and restaurant culture.

 

Montgomery honed her craft bartending skills at acclaimed Louisville restaurant, Decca, before accepting a Beverage Specialist position at Bottle & Bond, the first iteration of Bardstown Bourbon Company’s restaurant and bar, in 2018. In this role, she managed the beverage program, launched the restaurant’s first barrel-aged cocktail program and organized a vintage collection of more than 300 American whiskies curated by renowned whiskey author, Fred Minnick. When it came time for the distillery to release a new collaborative bourbon, Montgomery received the opportunity to put her expertise to work by helping to blend the product that went directly into the bottle. Montgomery had her original blend chosen blindly by a panel of tasters and released as Discovery Series #3, making her one of the youngest female blenders in history.

 

In 2019, Montgomery became Bardstown Bourbon Company’s first National Brand Ambassador. With a focus on organizing events in-house and across the country, Montgomery assists state managers with brand education and national outreach. Last year, she became a Certified Specialist of Spirits and plans to take an Advanced Distillation course. Inspired by women and persons of color in the whiskey industry making a difference, Montgomery aims to be extremely inclusive in the audience that she reaches, inviting everyone to be a part of her “bourbon family.” Although a bourbon lover at heart, her margaritas are not to be missed.

 

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MARK W. ERWIN

Col. (Ret.) Mark W. Erwin
President and Cheif Executive Officer.

Mark W. Erwin became the President and CEO of the Bardstown Bourbon Company in September 2019, having previously served on the board. Prior to that, Erwin served as President of the Karakoram Group International, a risk advisory firm, which provides strategic consulting to Fortune 500 companies. He also served as a Non-Executive Board Director of Heritage Oil Plc, an independent upstream exploration and production company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Mr. Erwin served for 26 years in the United States Army, culminating his career as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army Special Operations Command, with a budget in excess of $1.5 billion while coordinating a headquarters staff of more than 1,000 employees. He commanded at every level of the United States Army’s most elite Special Mission Unit from Captain to Colonel and was deployed numerous times to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.  Erwin holds a degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and conducted his War College Fellowship at the Central Intelligence Agency.

NICK SMITH

Nick Smith
Head Distiller

As head distiller of Bardstown Bourbon Company, Nick Smith has been a part of the company since day one. He honors the traditional art of making whiskey while bringing a modern technical approach to the distillery’s day-to-day operations and mashbill creations.

A native of Bardstown, Kentucky, Smith comes from a well-known family in the spirits industry, one that owns and operates the local Smith Brothers Distributing Company of Bardstown. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2012, he worked his way up to distillery supervisor for Jim Beam in just four years before becoming distillery supervisor for Bardstown Bourbon Company in 2016.  As one of the founding team members, Smith played a pertinent role in the company’s initial growth by aiding in the expansion of the state-of-the-art distillery. From engineering to operations – down to shipping and receiving – Smith has had a hand in the development of each department.

Promoted to head distiller in 2019, Smith now works under the company’s Chief Operating Officer, John Hargrove, the former master distiller at Barton 1792, and alongside Master Distiller and Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer, Steve Nally, the former master distiller at Wyoming Whiskey and Maker’s Mark. He’s taken his passion for chemistry and technology to new heights by helping Bardstown Bourbon Company to become the first distillery to utilize the Ignition System as a full process control system – a powerful new software that increases accuracy and efficiency. For Smith, the more data, the better, as he and his team are often managing multiple products at once, all while navigating the latest automations.

You can catch Smith leading  a group of bourbon-curious guests around the property during his “Behind the Scenes with Head Distiller Nick Smith” monthly tours. And when he isn’t working, you can find Smith enjoying time with his wife and son, on the links playing golf, or cheering on his beloved Kentucky Wildcats.

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BARDSTOWN BOURBON CO. COCKTAIL RECIPES

BARDSTOWN MULE

2 oz Bardstown Bourbon Co. Fusion Series
1 oz fresh lime juice*
.5 oz rich demerara syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin. Fill shaker with ice and shake until outside is cold, approximately 10-12 seconds. Double strain into a mule mug over ice. Top with ginger beer and serve.

FRESH CITRUS JUICE

Cut the width of the citrus in half. In a hand juicer, place citrus face down and squeeze. Store in refrigerator up to 8 hours. Avoid prepackaged juice and other alternatives, as they can be pasteurized, contain pulp, and be too acidic.

BARDSTOWN WHISKEY SOUR

2 oz Bardstown Bourbon Co. Fusion
1 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz rich demerara syrup 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Optional egg white

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin. Fill shaker tin with ice and shake until outside is cold, approximately 10-12 seconds. Double strain into coupe glass and serve.

SHAKING WITH EGG WHITE*

Separate egg white into a shaker tin and discard the shell and yolk. Add ingredients and before adding ice, shake any cocktails without ice to emulsify the egg proteins and achieve an airy texture like a meringue. Add ice then shake again until outside is cold, approximately 10-12 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and serve. Consuming raw eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

GOLDEN HOUR

1.5oz Fusion #5
.5oz Kabinett Riesling
.5oz Copper & Kings Apple Brandy
.25oz Yellow Chartreuse

Stir on ice and strain into rocks glass with one large cube. Garnish with pear slice.

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