Fancy having dinner among the stills? After you tour the distillery and taste through a flight of your favorite booze, linger over elevated fare at one of these craft spirit producers.
Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company (Bardstown, Ky.)
This new-generation distillery focuses on creative collaborations such as bourbon finished in cabernet sauvignon barrels. The restaurant is described as a “scratch kitchen with a dash of Southern flair,” characterized by dishes such as cast-iron buttermilk fried chicken and grilled salmon with bourbon glaze. Its cocktail menu pours the distillery’s offerings and those from the extensive spirits library stocked with more than 400 vintage American whiskeys curated by renowned whiskey author Fred Minnick. A new Distilled Dinner Series held quarterly for just 20 guests lets chef John Castro flex his culinary chops through a three-course menu of bourbon-infused dishes and Kentucky favorites; upcoming events will showcase joint projects like a wine-finished bourbon made in conjunction with The Prisoner Wine Company. “Dining tables are steps from our stills, and private events are surrounded by barrels,” says vice president of hospitality Dan Calloway. “This is the modern bourbon experience.”
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