Wilderness Trail Graduates from Craft Tour To Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Wilderness Trail Distillery is joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Courtesy Photo.

After their start as a founding member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, Wilderness Trail Distillery has become a full-fledged member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Wilderness Trail Distillery was founded in 2012 in Danville, Kentucky by Shane Baker and Pat Heist. Both are leaders in the fermentation world, consulting with distilleries around the world with their company Ferm Solutions. The distillery makes sweet mash, bottled-in-bond wheated and high-rye bourbon as well as cask strength rye.

Wilderness Trail Wheated Bourbon, High Rye Bourbon, and Cask Strength Rye. Courtesy Photo.

“We are very excited to be joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail after years on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour for both our growth as well as the impact to our community,” said Shane Baker, Co-Owner and Master Distiller.

“We excel in offering a unique experience and educational perspective of the Bourbon-making process by focusing on the science in making Bourbon while maintaining a traditional Bourbon distillery process across our 163-acre campus in historic Danville, the birthplace of Kentucky,” continued Baker.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail was founded by the Kentucky Distillers Association in 1999 to showcase Kentucky’s rich bourbon heritage and the distilleries that continue those traditions.

“This is an exciting day for Wilderness Trail, the Danville community and all our Kentucky Bourbon Trail partners,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “Wilderness Trail has established itself as a can’t-miss stop that fully delves into the art and science of our signature spirit. On behalf of our members, we congratulate Wilderness Trail on their success and proudly welcome them to the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour as its 18th member, the most
participating distilleries since the KDA founded the KBT in 1999.”

The other 17 member distilleries are listed below.

Angel’s Envy, Louisville
Bardstown Bourbon Company, Bardstown
Bulleit Distilling Company, Shelbyville
Four Roses, Lawrenceburg and Cox’s Creek
Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center, Bardstown
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Louisville
Jim Beam, Clermont and Louisville
Lux Row Distillers, Bardstown
Maker’s Mark, Loretto
Michter’s at Fort Nelson, Louisville
Old Forester Distillery, Louisville
O.Z. Tyler, Owensboro
Rabbit Hole, Louisville
Stitzel-Weller, Louisville
Town Branch, Lexington and Pikeville
Wild Turkey, Lawrenceburg
Woodford Reserve, Versailles

Link here to learn more and plan your trip to Wilderness Trail.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.