Bourbon Reviews, Distillery News and Information
How many Kentucky Distilleries are there?
So just how many distilleries are in Kentucky? Well, we hear a lot of statistics, but in reality it’s actually not that easy to figure out. I made an interactive map and list of all licensed Kentucky distilleries a couple of years back. Keeping it updated has been, to say the least, challenging. I spent quite a bit of time working on it at the beginning of January 2022, and it actually takes quite a bit of detective work to sort things out.
You’d think it would be simple – just do a search for licenses. So that works well for many of them. But then there are others that have a license and an address, but nothing seems to exist there. Then there are ones that have a license one year, don’t have it the next, but then do again a year after that. New licensees appear, and then others just disappear.
600 Gallons per year law
Kentucky recently passed a law that requires all licensed distilleries to produce a minimum of 600 gallons of distilled spirits per year. So that doesn’t give much leeway to a distillery that is not yet producing, stopped producing, is under construction, or even just produces an occasional small amount for onsite use. So that may account for part of what I am seeing. I assume others have just planned to build a distillery and didn’t do it or didn’t complete it, and others just went out of business.
It’s interesting, too, because not all Kentucky distilleries are members of the Kentucky Distillers Association. Not all distilleries are on the Bourbon Trail or Craft Tour, either. So, there are plenty on the list of Kentucky Distilleries that you probably haven’t heard of. Also, if you check out the list, many are doing business under different names than you’re used to knowing them by.
Check out our Interactive Map of Licensed Kentucky Distilleries
A list of Kentucky distilleries is great, but sometimes a map is what you need. We have you covered, there, too. Check out our Interactive Map of all licensed Kentucky Distilleries! It is color coded so that you can tell at a glance what a distillery has to offer. For example, some licensed distilleries give tours whereas others might just have a visitor center and gift shop. Still others may just be corporate offices or production distilleries that aren’t open to the public. Others may produce spirts other than bourbon! (If you can believe that!!) Lastly, others may simple be closed or never even built.
Lis of All Licensed Kentucky Distilleries (updated January 2022)
Here is a list of all the licensed Kentucky Distilleries as of January 2, 2022. This list includes all distilleries, regardless of whether they are producing moonshine, whiskey, clear spirits (vodka, gin), or a combination of any of these. Distilleries listed in red either may not exist or may no longer be open or otherwise functioning.
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