A new craft brewery and a new distillery have opened their doors in Harrodsburg, KY! Clay and I visit Gatlinburg, TN a lot. We go as a family, couples only trips, Anniversary trips, etc. When we go just the two of us or as a couples only trip, we stop by the moonshine distilleries for samples. Clay also likes to try some of the craft beers at local restaurants. Little did we know, two new places have opened up within a fairly short drive to us! Day trips are fun!
Lemons Mill Brewery earns the distinction of being the first tavern or taproom in the area since before the 1920s. Olde Towne Distillery is the first distillery in the United States to produce Hemp Moonshine. Hemp Moonshine?
Well, that’s new!
Harrodsburg, KY is rich in history. With Old Fort Harrod State Park and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, locals can step back in time to re-visit some of our areas past. It is also home to Beaumont Inn, which offers its popular Personalized Bourbon Tastings with the Innkeeper program. We plan on going there on a date!
Clay and I have taken the kids on a day trip to Old Fort Harrod State Park but it was early spring and wasn’t fully open yet. We plan on going back this spring to show the kids what early Kentucky settlers lives were like. I loved going there as a child and can’t wait to take the kids.
Harrodsburg also has lodging, bed and breakfasts, etc so it is a great place for a date weekend or weekend family getaway.
Ok, back to the craft brewery and distillery. Here is some info that was shared with me in a press release and I’m excited to share it with you!
About Lemons Mill Brewery|
Harrodsburg has not had a tavern or taproom since before Prohibition, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Jazz Age. Located at 166 Marimon Avenue in downtown Harrodsburg, KY, the former “backyard brewery” offers 18 beers on tap under Lemons Mill Brewery’s OCD Squared brand, including G-Spot Jalapeno Ale (I think Clay would love this) , OG Citrus Blonde Ale, Kranbier Cranberry Ale and Bullocks. Additionally, the brewery offers its own gluten-free beer and will have a selection of local favorite beers and a variety of wines.
The taproom features a 19-foot red cedar bar that seats 12 to 15 people, leather couches and chairs, multiple TV screens for game playing and one very relaxing atmosphere. The décor mixes weathered barn lumber with metal elements. A fenced-in patio with wrought iron tables and chairs and umbrellas is available during warm-weather months. A unique feature of the brewery is that customers seated at the bar can watch the beer being made.
“When the weather is warm we’ll have the garage door that separates the taproom from the brewery open so people can see the mash tubs, cookers and other equipment,” said LeMayne Ellis, brewer and co-owner of Lemons Mill Brewery.
Already, Lemons Mill Brewery’s beer has won awards, having taken home a silver medal in the Dublin Craft Beer Cup 2016. Recently, the brewery joined the Brewgrass Trail, which showcases the area’s craft breweries, and will have Brewgrass Trail Passports available for thirsty trailblazers.
About Olde Towne Distillery|
The distillery produces flavored moonshines at 80-proof, including maple, watermelon, peach and apple pie, creating a flavorful taste combined with the “kick” expected by dedicated moonshine drinkers. It is presented in the time-honored tradition of illegal moonshine, in a collectible stone jug. As have generations of moonshine makers before them, the distillers work with a decades-old recipe combined with slow cooking on a copper pot still to bring moonshine lovers back to the days of illegal shine bought from a bootlegger.
Olde Towne’s Elkhorn Bourbon combines high potency and lavish taste to evoke the signature taste and unique art and culture of whiskey made in the Appalachian Mountains. It is available in traditional and honey flavors. Its Battlefield Collection comprises a smooth spirit whiskey that commemorates the Battle of Perryville, which took place during the Civil War. It is a 90-proof blended whiskey – 90 percent whiskey, 10 percent bourbon – with a smooth flavor that is perfect for sipping.
Inspired by the Appalachians and the American Civil War
Located at 551 Tapp Road near downtown Harrodsburg, KY and showcasing premium flavored moonshines, blended whiskeys and premium liquors, Olde Towne Distillery is making its mark with Hemp Moonshine. This is a distillation method wherein moonshine is processed with hemp seed grain to create a nutty flavor profile – one that has never before been experienced in the world of moonshine.
ABOUT HARRODSBURG, KY |
Sitting amidst four National Register Historic Districts in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, Kentucky’s oldest town is one of the coolest places in history. Harrodsburg, KY is surrounded by the bourbon and craft distilleries of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and the Brewgrass Trail, and within a short drive of more than a dozen wineries. There are horseback riding trails, backroads and byways for bicycle enthusiasts, and outdoor water sports from kayaking to skiing. Overnight options include Beaumont Inn, the state’s oldest family-operated country inn and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, America’s largest restored Shaker community and a founding member of Discovery Destinations, a collection of distinct, independent destination properties. Commemorating the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains is Old Fort Harrod State Park with full-scale replica fort. Providing an up-close view of one of the most unique ecosystems in the country, the geologically ancient Kentucky River Palisades, is the authentic 115-passenger Dixie Belle sternwheeler. Harrodsburg is one of “the 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Kentucky” (TheCultureTrip.com); one of Best Choice Reviews’ “50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America”; Smithsonian Magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns to Visit”; one of BBC NEWS Magazine’s “Five hidden US Travel Destinations”; and one of the “10 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns in Kentucky” (OnlyInYourState.com). Authentic, affordable, family-friendly – and full of the unexpected. facebook/Harrodsburg
I, honestly, had no idea that there was so much to do and see in Harrodsburg. I knew about the fort and Shaker Village but I didn’t realize there were others things to do there. I’m thrilled to know there is somewhere we can take the kids and even just adults for unique and fun day trips in Kentucky!
Clay and I plan on checking out all there is to do in Harrodsburg and throughout Kentucky and sharing it in a series called “Blogging In Kentucky”. I can’t wait to share it with you all!
Have you ever visited Harrodsburg, Ky?
Blogging In Kentucky
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- Step Back In Time At Dinosaur World In Cave City, KY
- High Bridge Park And Overlook
- Bored And Hungry? Visit Gattitown For Fun And Great Pizza!
- Enjoy Craft Beer And Moonshine In Harrodsburg, Ky!
- From Waterfalls To Coal Mines At Cumberland Falls And Blue Heron
- Visit The Fifth Annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival