KY Distillery Tour: KY Artisan Distillery

The Bourbon Chronicles: Kentucky Artisan Distillery

Distillery visit Kentucky Artisan distillery (KAD)

We’re really thrilled to have this notable distillery, quite literally, in our backyard. The tour provides a fantastic history lesson about how bourbon evolved into what it came to be and is today. We’ll definitely recommend it to any of our friends and family that are in town.


This is among the smaller distilleries. It’s 11 minutes up the road from us and roughly 22 minutes, 20 miles, from the Louisville metro.

KY Artisan Distillery is 20 miles from downtown Louisville, KY.

The Jefferson bourbon is a truly unique due to the fact that their product is aged at sea in barrels. IMHO, as someone beginning to dip her toe into the bourbon waters, the Jefferson’s Ocean line is pure innovation.

Jefferson’s Ocean Rye bourbon

Here’s my quick reference guide to this distillery:

NameTour TimeTour NameCostAddress
KY Artisan Distillery1 hourdistillery tour with tasting$11.006230 Old Lagrange Rd Crestwood, KY 40014
Always check the official distillery website for updated pricing, tours and operating information.


While there’s no food establishments available on site, it’s right down the road from another local gem, Hive and Barrel Meadery which is attached to 3rd Turn Brewing and Backside Grill. Alternatively, if you’re so inclined, I recommend booking an afternoon tour at KAD and following it with a visit to Watch Hill Proper to enjoy a bite and one of their craft cocktails sourced from the library of bourbon on hand.

Tour & Tasting highlights

This being one of the smaller operations, it’s still impressive. Plus, it’s just interesting to be able to tour large and small operations to see the differences in their production process and product. We were really impressed with our tour guide and how knowledgeable he was about the history of bourbon. There were probably about a dozen other folks on the tour with us which made for a fun, intimate experience.

I was really impressed with the Ocean bourbon. It’s aged at sea between 7-8 years. Each voyage is different than the last. It’s available for purchase in their gift shop but brace yourself, it retails for about $60+ USD.

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A great resource website for planning your distillery tours is KY bourbon trail.

What’s next on the Bourbon Chronicles bucket list? Castle & Key and Buffalo Trace. Stay tuned! Or check out other visits like this one to Bulleit and Wild Turkey.