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(Lexington Herald Leader)   'Bourbon tourism' becoming one of Kentucky's biggest economic draws, at least during those times that Kentucky residents haven't drunk it all themselves   (kentucky.com) divider line 34
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2014-01-26 12:50:33 PM
especially with the influx of japanese tourists.
 
2014-01-26 01:11:24 PM
Bourbon Porn?

I am finishing of the last of my Eagle Rare this afternoon.
 
2014-01-26 01:16:11 PM
Guilty 7 years running.

/more hotels please!
 
2014-01-26 02:19:35 PM
I did a bourbon weekend last summer and will do another this summer.

deansheen: /more hotels please!


That and more breakfast diners.
 
2014-01-26 02:59:10 PM
Why would people want to go tour a museum about the Spanish royal family? I don't get it.
 
2014-01-26 03:10:37 PM
Someone said "bourbon"?
 
2014-01-26 03:13:56 PM
Is this another of those threads where we all get to pretend Drew is a drunk?
 
2014-01-26 03:30:56 PM

What_Would_Jimi_Do: especially with the influx of japanese tourists.


Nailed it in one.  It's insane how many Japanese people are taking these damned tours.
 
2014-01-26 04:32:04 PM
If you haven't been to Maker's, it's worth your time.

Woodford Reserve is beautiful, but Maker's feels like you'd never want to leave.
 
2014-01-26 04:53:02 PM
What about distilleries in dry counties? Nothing in TFA.

*Googles Dry County distilleries*

From Imbibe Magazine:


"But in the past couple decades, bourbon's profile has risen, and visitors are flocking to the state to see the spirit firsthand. In reaction, the state legislature has passed laws allowing the sale of alcohol on historic sites, creating a loophole in the state's notorious "dry county" regulations."

So much for the "Demon Rum Bourbon*. The next step is to make the designation "Historic Site"  something akin to Liquor License (inspections, renewal etc.). IMHO
 
2014-01-26 05:43:03 PM

Gonz: If you haven't been to Maker's, it's worth your time.

Woodford Reserve is beautiful, but Maker's feels like you'd never want to leave.


I got my card in the mail on Thursday that my barrel is ready. Going in April to get a couple of draws.
 
2014-01-26 06:05:13 PM
Sorry, Kentucky. You're in the bottom 10 of my list of states I'd like to visit and, until you stop exporting bourbon, it will stay that way.
 
2014-01-26 06:21:01 PM
I miss living in KY. My wife's house overlooks Woodford Distillery land, I almost bought a house owned by the founder of Maker's before the family changed their mind at my offer and pulled it from the market (I had no clue who they were at the time, this was 25+ years ago). If it weren't for my wife's highly Baptist family I would consider moving back when I retire.
 
2014-01-26 07:57:11 PM

thurstonxhowell: Sorry, Kentucky. You're in the bottom 10 of my list of states I'd like to visit and, until you stop exporting bourbon, it will stay that way.


At least visit Mammoth Cave.  Well worth the trip.
 
2014-01-26 08:09:54 PM

kwame: Gonz: If you haven't been to Maker's, it's worth your time.

Woodford Reserve is beautiful, but Maker's feels like you'd never want to leave.

I got my card in the mail on Thursday that my barrel is ready. Going in April to get a couple of draws.


Nice.  Mine should be ready in about another 12 months
 
2014-01-26 08:12:32 PM

thurstonxhowell: Sorry, Kentucky. You're in the bottom 10 of my list of states I'd like to visit and, until you stop exporting bourbon, it will stay that way.


I think you might win the No One Gives a Sh*t award. Good luck at the ceremony.
 
2014-01-26 08:34:42 PM
I once visited Kentucky. Mammoth Caves, which was pretty cool, and we decided to camped out at a nearby campground.  OK, let's go get some booze.  Wait what do you mean it's a dry county?  I have to drive 30 minutes one way to a liquor store?  What the fark?  I'm never coming back here.
 
2014-01-26 08:47:25 PM

poughdrew: I once visited Kentucky. Mammoth Caves, which was pretty cool, and we decided to camped out at a nearby campground.  OK, let's go get some booze.  Wait what do you mean it's a dry county?  I have to drive 30 minutes one way to a liquor store?  What the fark?  I'm never coming back here.


Who the hell waits until you reach your destination to stock up on the booze?
 
2014-01-26 09:02:29 PM

kwame: poughdrew: I once visited Kentucky. Mammoth Caves, which was pretty cool, and we decided to camped out at a nearby campground.  OK, let's go get some booze.  Wait what do you mean it's a dry county?  I have to drive 30 minutes one way to a liquor store?  What the fark?  I'm never coming back here.

Who the hell waits until you reach your destination to stock up on the booze?


Someone on a multi-day road trip who already drank all his booze at a previous destination.  We did the caves early that day, decided to camp out so we could go on a different cave tour the next day, so we went to a grocery store to get food/drink for the night.  Fortunately, Kentucky sells food at the grocery store.  Otherwise we might gone hungry that night, huddled up around a fire, listening to the the distant cackles of the locals mocking us for not planning ahead by stocking up in a proper state like Indiana.
 
2014-01-26 09:11:13 PM

poughdrew: kwame: poughdrew: I once visited Kentucky. Mammoth Caves, which was pretty cool, and we decided to camped out at a nearby campground.  OK, let's go get some booze.  Wait what do you mean it's a dry county?  I have to drive 30 minutes one way to a liquor store?  What the fark?  I'm never coming back here.

Who the hell waits until you reach your destination to stock up on the booze?

Someone on a multi-day road trip who already drank all his booze at a previous destination.  We did the caves early that day, decided to camp out so we could go on a different cave tour the next day, so we went to a grocery store to get food/drink for the night.  Fortunately, Kentucky sells food at the grocery store.  Otherwise we might gone hungry that night, huddled up around a fire, listening to the the distant cackles of the locals mocking us for not planning ahead by stocking up in a proper state like Indiana.


Eat all your food, drink all your booze, decide the largest cave system in the world is a smarter first stop than a grocery and liquor store, and finally blame it all on the entire state. You're a champ.
 
2014-01-26 09:32:58 PM

kwame: thurstonxhowell: Sorry, Kentucky. You're in the bottom 10 of my list of states I'd like to visit and, until you stop exporting bourbon, it will stay that way.

I think you might win the No One Gives a Sh*t award. Good luck at the ceremony.


Oh, good! I'll see Kentucky there!
 
2014-01-26 09:35:50 PM

kwame: Eat all your food, drink all your booze, decide the largest cave system in the world is a smarter first stop than a grocery and liquor store, and finally blame it all on the entire state. You're a champ.


Kentucky: You had better do all your shopping beforehand, we don't have grocery stores and liquor stores are illegal.

What a winning slogan for tourism!
 
2014-01-26 09:58:48 PM

kwame: poughdrew: kwame: poughdrew: I once visited Kentucky. Mammoth Caves, which was pretty cool, and we decided to camped out at a nearby campground.  OK, let's go get some booze.  Wait what do you mean it's a dry county?  I have to drive 30 minutes one way to a liquor store?  What the fark?  I'm never coming back here.

Who the hell waits until you reach your destination to stock up on the booze?

Someone on a multi-day road trip who already drank all his booze at a previous destination.  We did the caves early that day, decided to camp out so we could go on a different cave tour the next day, so we went to a grocery store to get food/drink for the night.  Fortunately, Kentucky sells food at the grocery store.  Otherwise we might gone hungry that night, huddled up around a fire, listening to the the distant cackles of the locals mocking us for not planning ahead by stocking up in a proper state like Indiana.

Eat all your food, drink all your booze, decide the largest cave system in the world is a smarter first stop than a grocery and liquor store, and finally blame it all on the entire state. You're a champ.


But who would have thought that you couldn't buy booze in The Land of the Free?
 
2014-01-26 11:12:27 PM

thurstonxhowell: kwame: Eat all your food, drink all your booze, decide the largest cave system in the world is a smarter first stop than a grocery and liquor store, and finally blame it all on the entire state. You're a champ.

Kentucky: You had better do all your shopping beforehand, we don't have grocery stores and liquor stores are illegal.

What a winning slogan for tourism!


Less than half of KY counties are dry. In Lexington I can buy alcohol at the liquor store or grocery on Sundays, something I can't do anywhere in my home state of Indiana. If you're not going to plan ahead and do some research on where you're going that's fine, but don't get all butthurt when it isn't exactly the way you think it should be.
 
2014-01-26 11:14:02 PM
I've been to Kentucky once for 8 weeks. All I got to see was Fort Knox.
 
2014-01-26 11:29:36 PM
We went to the Woodford Reserve distillery outside Lexington, which was cool.  But due to it being a dry county we couldn't actually have any, which was stupid.
 
2014-01-26 11:39:46 PM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: We went to the Woodford Reserve distillery outside Lexington, which was cool.  But due to it being a dry county we couldn't actually have any, which was stupid.


As mentioned above, no longer an issue.  Was there in December, had a nice shot at the end of the tour.
 
2014-01-27 01:07:22 AM

uksocal: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: We went to the Woodford Reserve distillery outside Lexington, which was cool.  But due to it being a dry county we couldn't actually have any, which was stupid.

As mentioned above, no longer an issue.  Was there in December, had a nice shot at the end of the tour.


I must have been on the last tour of the day or something, because they weren't counting the bourbon balls people were munching on after the tour.  Probably could've squeezed another shot or three out of those.

Suffice it to say, Kentucky is pretty damned moist, and yeah, you can buy the hard stuff on Sundays now (recent change as of a few years back).  There are some dry counties, but have you LOOKED at a map of KY?  The counties are tiny.  15 minute drive tops and you'll be over a county line, where I can almost guarantee a package store or two will be right there, mere feet on the other side of that line, ready to sell you what you're having your DTs for (a few spots in Appalachia, you might have to cross *2* counties).
 
2014-01-27 01:22:54 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: We went to the Woodford Reserve distillery outside Lexington, which was cool.  But due to it being a dry county we couldn't actually have any, which was stupid.


Huh? Woodford County's not dry.
 
2014-01-27 08:01:39 AM

thurstonxhowell: Kentucky: You had better do all your shopping beforehand, we don't have grocery stores and liquor stores are illegal.

What a winning slogan for tourism!


Come to Kentucky: By definition, state parks are rural areas with minimal commercial development, but don't bother planning for food or anything.  You can just whine like a b*tch and blame us.

I like that one.
 
2014-01-27 11:36:59 AM

CraicBaby: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: We went to the Woodford Reserve distillery outside Lexington, which was cool.  But due to it being a dry county we couldn't actually have any, which was stupid.

Huh? Woodford County's not dry.


There's a BBC mini-series called "Stephen Fry in America," where he visits all 50 states.  When he goes to Kentucky, he gets farking hammered at the Woodford Reserve distillery.
 
2014-01-27 12:59:37 PM
Mark'd
 
2014-01-27 01:21:49 PM

FitzShivering: What_Would_Jimi_Do: especially with the influx of japanese tourists.

Nailed it in one.  It's insane how many Japanese people are taking these damned tours.


Well the Japanese Suntory Holdings LTD. did just buy Jim Bean/Maker's Mark. Link
 
2014-01-27 01:50:23 PM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: We went to the Woodford Reserve distillery outside Lexington, which was cool.  But due to it being a dry county we couldn't actually have any, which was stupid.


Don't know when you were there, but all 3 times I have been there they gave us samples at the end of the tour.  You get to keep the shot glass.
 
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