Though the "noble experiment" of Prohibition failed, other noble experiments, such as teaching horses how to shoot guns and giving suffrage to any horse that could shoot a gun, were huge successes. Celebrate the failure of the 18th Amendment with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two admissions to a behind-the-scenes Connoisseur Tour of the Bourbon Heritage Center at Heaven Hill Distilleries in Bardstown, open Monday–Friday with limited availability on weekends (a $50 value).
Heaven Hill Distilleries saturates the brains of its tour guides in the colorful history of the country's seventh-largest distilled-spirit supplier, which also represents a significant section of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. A minivan helps guests to traverse the 50-acre distillery's production sites on the behind-the-scenes Connoisseur Tour, following bourbon's life cycle. The tour begins in the cistern room, where famed barrels are filled and continues in the bourbon-aging rick house, where future bottle-stuffing starts on an odyssey toward maturity, allowing amber liquids ample time to grow out of gangly, awkward phases before they leave the barrel in the dump room. During another stop, a 20-minute film on bourbon's history synopsizes the production of more than 6 million barrels of Heaven Hill bourbon since its inception after the repeal of prohibition. On completion of the behind-the-scenes tour, guests earn a commemorative pin and certificate as well as tonguesful of two of Heaven Hill's premium brands.
Heaven Hill Distilleries
Located in the bourbon capital of the world, Heaven Hill Distilleries has a long history that stretches back to the birth of the spirit. Today, Heaven Hills honors tried and true traditions by crafting its bourbon using pure Kentucky water and corn—as opposed to wheat from one of its neighboring states. Visitors can get an in-depth look at the distilling process through a host of tours that include educational bourbon tastings.
1311 Gilkey Run Rd.
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004