Northern Kentucky Now a Gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Northern Kentucky is now an official gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
The announcement was made this week by the Kentucky Distillers' Association.
Five craft distilleries in Newport, Independence, Ludlow, Sparta, and Maysville led to the designation.
“This charming, thriving region showcases an exceptional mix of Bourbon history and urban innovation,” said Adam Johnson, senior director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. “This partnership is a great way to capture the energy this region is generating not only in new distilleries but in bars, restaurants and events.”
The region has three stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour: New Riff Distilling in Newport, Boone County Distilling near Independence, and Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville, and also features Second Sight Distillery in Ludlow and Neeley Family Distillery in Sparta.
“We are delighted and honored to be included as an Official Gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail,” said Julie Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for meetNKY in Northern Kentucky.
“The entire Northern Kentucky region celebrates the designation and looks forward to introducing even more visitors to their first taste of the Commonwealth’s unbridled spirit,” she said.
The designation lands the region on the Trail's website and marketing materieals. Louisville is the other "Gateway"-level sponsor of the Trail.
Kentucky Bourbon is a booming $8.5 billion economic engine that generates as many as 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $800 million, and pours $825 million into tax coffers each year.
In addition, the industry is in the middle of a $1.2 billion building boom, from innovative new tourism centers to expanded production facilities, all to meet the growing global thirst for Kentucky Bourbon.
There are now 39 companies operating 52 distilleries in the Commonwealth making 6.8 million barrels of aging Bourbon – all modern records. Distillers also paid a record $19.2 million this year in barrel taxes that fund critical local programs such as education, public safety and health.
KDA President Eric Gregory applauded Northern Kentucky’s longstanding support and said the new gateway designation will provide a warm and hospitable welcome to guests entering the Commonwealth.
Gregory noted the area hosts more than six million visitors a year at CVG International Airport and more than 70 million vehicles cross the Ohio River annually. “Bourbon tourism is sure to rise thanks to the united efforts of the KDA and our partners in Northern Kentucky,” he said.
“We’re proud to welcome our Northern Kentucky friends as an official sponsor and gateway to the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail tours, and we look forward to promoting their many amenities to Bourbon lovers around the world.”