Distillery Tour and More

Current Location: Whispering Hills RV Park, Georgetown, Kentucky

Today we got up really late, like 9:00 or later, and just plain took our time getting moving. Malcolm’s doing wonderfully well and wore real pants again today, but still no belt. Actually, he did finally put on a belt later in the day. Malcolm also drove again for the first time today. He drove us in the truck to Frankfort, Kentucky where we decided we would tour the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

If was a fascinating tour. Even though Val was born and raised in the middle of Kentucky, and Malcolm has spent his fair share of time in the area, we’ve never been through a distillery tour. We can blame it partially on upbringing and partially on just not having a desire to. However, several of the folks from the rally had toured a distillery or two, so we felt like we should, as well. Actually, it’s been on our list to do for a bit now.

When we first got there, we ate lunch at their restaurant – the Firehouse Sandwich Shop. Val had a great chicken salad sandwich with so-so cole slaw. Malcolm had The Bung Up. That was a quarter pound Angus Beef hot dog topped with pulled pork and meat chili, cheese and onions. It was delicious but way too much to eat in one sitting, though Malcolm did his best.

We browsed the gift shop and purchased a shirt for our travel quilt. We ran our purchases out to the truck and returned to wait for the 1:00 tour. It was extremely informative and interesting. We returned to the main building and were able to taste test a couple of their products. We ended up buying a bottle of their bourbon whiskey since Malcolm had run out of his “good stuff”.

After the tour, we stopped by the post office (almost literally across the street) to mail out a package and then returned to the trailer by way of the local truck stop. We were wanting something different to drink and found it in the Icee machine – Mountain Dew flavored Icee.

We spent the rest of the evening around the trailer, eating up what few leftovers we had left and catching up on dishes. Malcolm called his good friend John Boehm and they caught up on things. Val did a little sewing and Malcolm worked some more on the extra documentation task that work had given him. He managed to get about 20 hours of work in this week (which is all extra, since we weren’t originally scheduled to be working).

Here are some pictures from the distillery and tour.

Water tower

Water tower

Distillery Buildings

Distillery Buildings

Firehouse Cafe sign

Firehouse Cafe sign

Giant Hot Dog

Giant Hot Dog

Rolling barrels from one place to another, using the rails that are located around the facility

Rolling barrels from one place to another, using the rails that are located around the facility

You can purchase some of their products in the gift shop

You can purchase some of their products in the gift shop

Barrels stacked in one of the buildings

Barrels stacked in one of the buildings

Visitor center

Visitor center

Requisite artistic shot

Requisite artistic shot

Don - our tour guide

Don – our tour guide

The six millionth barrel resides in the building at the end of the road

The six millionth barrel resides in the building at the end of the road

Down with the barrels

Down with the barrels

In the bottling area

In the bottling area

Special tops put on the Blanton's Single Barrel bottles

Special tops put on the Blanton’s Single Barrel bottles

 

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