While most of Kentucky’s craft distilleries are centered around one spirit—this is bourbon country, after all—Lexington’s Barrel House Distilling Company also cooks up small batches of smooth vodka, robust oak-aged rum, and a moonshine made with a secret recipe of milled corn and cane sugar. If you prefer the brown stuff, Barrel House also offers RockCastle, a straight bourbon whiskey that can be sampled on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s Craft Tour. (Other stops include Hartfield & Co., Willett, and Corsair.)
Just in town for the afternoon and want to sample Barrel House’s wares on-site? Swing by The Elkhorn Tavern, its new lounge and tasting room. Located next door to the distillery, it serves a handful of heady cocktails alongside a tightly edited collection of craft beer and wine. Oh, and fun fact: The bar is housed in the same building as the original James E. Pepper Distillery, opened here in 1780.
1200 Manchester St., Lexington, KY; 859-259-0159.