Town Branch Distillery (#3 of 19) is the perfect opportunity to enjoy both craft beer and a craft distillery. You'll receive a certain amount of samples that you can split how you like.

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About the Alltech Lexington / Town Branch Brewery and Distillery Tour

  • Location: Lexington, KY
  • Impression: A little Irish and Scottish influence in Kentucky
  • Website: Tour Information (Requires Age Verification)
  • Cost: I paid $10 for the tour that includes first the brewery and then the distillery. 
  • Samples: You are given 4 tokens and there are 7 beers and 7 spirits to use them on. I had the Bourbon Stout Beer and then used the other tokens on the Pearse Lyons Reserve (Malt Whiskey), Town Branch Bourbon and Town Branch Rye. 
  • Perks: There were no extras given away.
  • My Instagram Photo from Town Branch

Takeaways

  • They tell you the options you can choose from up front, which helps you decide how to use your tokens.
  • The barrel-aged stout is apparently double infused with coffee. It does give off a coffee flavor but is very mellow.
  • Snuck a little sample of the Pearse Lyons Single Barrel at 115 proof...amazing, but $90 a bottle. I was told it wouldn't be in stores, but I found it in Liquor Barn Express right down the road. 
  • I do like scotch, but I am by no means an expert and tend to like less peaty scotches. Not sure on my claim about Highland scotch, but my favorites seem to come from there and are less peaty.
  • I found out a lot of distilleries let me think that I couldn't find certain whiskey's outside of Kentucky, but I dispelled that on quite a few of them when I returned to South Carolina. However, I have yet to find Pearse Lyons Reserve here, so I'm glad I bought a bottle when I did.
  • Definitely feel that you should use your best judgment in terms of driving yourself on this tour. A shot isn't a lot, but it does affect people differently. I am 6' 6" (2 meters tall) and around 220 lbs (100 kg) so I'm less affected than someone who is shorter or weighs less.

kentucky town branch inside

Side Tracked: Old Sayings

Beer before liquor, never sicker. Liquor before beer, never fear.  It actually has proven to be true most of the time. So it was interesting that we had beer first on this distillery and brewery tour. However,  I don't think you're drinking enough to have to worry about your cousin Ralph or (up) Chuck!

Next up, Glenn's Creek Distillery in Frankfort, KY.