Friday, March 25, 2022

The Bard Distillery In Graham, KY Now Included On Official Kentucky Bourbon Trail

The Bard Distillery in Graham has been officially included on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a tourist destination for people from all around the country and all over the world and a high honor in the distilling industry. The former school is being transformed into a distillery and event center, bringing people to the county as part of the official “Craft Tour”.

The Bard Distillery is part of the “Craft Tour”, which features 23 smaller distilleries, generally producing less than 50,000 gallons each year. Unlike the large distilleries with well-known names, these smaller distilleries offer a more intimate look at the industry.

“There’s a big range. Some [craft distilleries] only make a few gallons, some make right at 50,000 gallons,” said Tom Bard, who along with his wife Kim own and operate The Bard Distillery. The big named distilleries are in a completely different category. “They make more in an hours [sic] than some of us can make all year.”

The Bard Distillery was added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail on Dec. 1, 2021, without much fanfare. This came just before a tornado ripped through Bremen on Dec. 10, 2021. Tom and Kim shifted their focus to cleanup and tornado relief and spent their days working out at the disaster site for weeks. They continue to help organize donations and do what they can for those in need.

The distillery already enjoys hosting visitors from all over the nation and from far-flung parts of the globe. Their guest book is filled with people who have come to Muhlenberg County for the purpose of paying them a visit. Tours are given Thursday through Sunday and tastings are offered.

This article originally appeared in the Leader-News here.

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