Chuck Cowdery created this Kentucky distilleries map in 2012 and recently updated it to include a more accurate representation of all active, non-active and craft distilleries in Kentucky.
We thought it was such a great resource we wanted to share it with everyone but don't want it to take away from the hard work Chuck put into creating it. So please make sure you give Chuck a visit over on his website to learn more about bourbon and the industry. Your visit to any of the distilleries listed on the map will be much better for having spent some time reading his blog.
Here's the details direct from Chuck's blog used with his permission and blessing:
First, what this map is. It shows the location of every distillery in Kentucky, both craft and major producers. Red pins are micro-distilleries, blue pins are major distilleries, green pins are inactive distilleries. Click on the pin to see the name of the distillery and whether or not it is open to the public. Where available in Google Maps the exact address is included, along with other listing information.
'Inactive' means the distillery part of the operation is inactive; and not just inactive but demolished in most cases. The ones included are mostly still owned by major producers and used for maturation. I added several more of those, all in the Bardstown area. Included is the name by which that distillery was best known.
There are no inactive micro-distilleries, so all of the green pins are sites of inactive major distilleries. Most of them stopped distilling in the 1970s. Heaven Hill in Bardstown is a green pin because the distillery there was destroyed by fire in 1996, but Heaven Hill still has a lot going on at that site including maturation, bottling, offices, and the Bourbon Heritage Center.
In all cases, I have tried to be as accurate as possible as to the locations, so if you ever want to visit them you can. Most are not open to the public but the sites can be thoroughly viewed from the public right of way. Please do not trespass! The whiskey in those warehouses is worth a lot of money. Even though security seems lax, don't be surprised if guys in pickup trucks show up suddenly if you get too close.
I've only included places where there is something left to see and where you can see it from the street.
Kentucky Distilleries map created and maintained by Chuck Cowdery.
Make sure to visit his blog today and thank him for his hard work.