Our trip through Kentucky included a stopover at Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, home of the world’s #1 selling bourbon and one of 9 distilleries on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. This area is certainly worth a weekend trip to really take in the countryside, tour the distilleries, and hear some traditional bluegrass. Jim Beam offers tours, but book these in advance or you’ll be disappointed. We settled for the self-guided tour which included three free samples. Even though I’m not much of a bourbon drinker, I have to admit the high end bourbons were pretty smooth. Although the weather was wet and dreary during our visit, we still managed to walk around the beautiful property and learn about the distilling process. Jim Beam also features a smokehouse restaurant and gift shop.
For dinner we stopped at one of the only places we found open in Louisville on a Sunday, Garage. Turns out we were really lucky to find this place…great cocktails and amazing pizza! We tried the sausage pizza with milled tomato, fior de latte, broccoli and chillies ($15). All pizzas are thin crust and handmade in a wood-fired brick oven. We also tried the quinoa salad with Brussels sprouts, goat cheese, herbs and lemon vinaigrette ($8.50). There is a good selection of bourbon (of course), craft beer, wine and cocktails. The former auto service shop features a nice big patio as well.