Here at The B-Line® we strongly believe everyone should enjoy bourbon like a true Kentuckian, and that means responsibly. One of the most enjoyable ways to do this is with a bourbon tour. We recently rode with Tour With Us KY so we could share what to expect. If you are on the fence about if a bourbon tour is right for you, read on to see why this is such a popular way to experience The B-Line®.
Ride in Style and Comfort
Tour With Us KY is an independent tour company started by two Kentuckians that wanted to share their passion for all things Kentucky, especially bourbon. They offer 4 different B-Line tour options for groups of up to 14 people. Tour With Us KY offers The B-Line North, The B-Line Southbound, The Maysville-Augusta, and the Augusta Express. If none of those are what you need, they offer the opportunity to create a custom B-Line tour.
All tours include transportation to and from a designated spot, distillery admissions, and tastings at all stops. Onboard there is a cooler with ice and bottled water, and guests can opt to add in a boxed lunch or to make a lunch/dinner stop. Guests are welcome to bring additional drinks and snacks if desired. We went on a modified version of the Maysville-Augusta tour. Typically this includes the “Old Pogue Experience” at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Old Pogue Distillery, Baker-Bird Winery and B-Bird Distillery, and Augusta Distillery. Due to scheduling our tour did not visit Baker-Bird Winery and B-Bird Distillery, but we did add lunch at Beehive Augusta Tavern.
Maysville and Old Pogue
Our driver, Keith, met us promptly at our pickup location in a large passenger van. The vehicle was comfortable, roomy, and spotless inside and out. Keith was friendly and personable, chatting while we waited for the last few people to arrive. Once everyone was there Keith led us to the waiting van and away we went to our first stop, the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center and the “Old Pogue Experience”. Here we learned about how the Ohio River and Maysville played a part in bourbon’s early journey. Artifacts on display move from bourbon’s early days, through the bourbon boom then decline during Prohibition, and the return of bourbon production. We also enjoyed a deliciously tart yet sweet bourbon slush while touring the collection.
After the museum we piled back into the van for the short drive to Old Pogue Distillery. Situated on a hillside overlooking the Ohio River, Old Pogue Distillery is a beautiful location rich in history. The distillery is run by 5th and 6th generation family on the grounds where the original H.E. Pogue Distillery stood. Here we spoke with Master Distiller John and experienced guided tastings of 5 bourbon varieties through their gift/bottle shop. With our purchases complete it was on the road again to Augusta.
Beehive Augusta Tavern
Our first stop in Augusta was to the Beehive Augusta Tavern where we were warmly greeted by employees and shown to our table. The interior of Beehive is full of bee imagery, honey colored wood, and small touches that show the care that went into the design of the restaurant. In warmer weather sitting on the second story patio would make for an enjoyable and scenic dining experience. But, what about the food? Absolutely delicious. Soups, salads, hamburgers, and chicken sandwiches – everyone loved their selections. Make sure when you go to save room for the honey pie! This honey custard pie with brûléed top is nestled in an oatmeal cookie crust with bourbon infused whipped cream. It is worth the trip all by itself! After lunch we boarded the van for the short drive to Augusta Distillery.
Augusta Distillery is still currently being built out, but they offer a “Pardon Our Dust” tour. One part Bill Nye, one part PT Barnum, the hands-on experience provided bourbon education, including a primer on how to taste bourbon for those new to the spirit. The group removed the bungs from three barrels (Augusta’s River Proof series) and used a copper whiskey thief to retrieve our own samples. If there was a bourbon we couldn’t live without, we even got to fill our own bottle. The renderings on display show that, when completed, the distillery will house a lounge, a bourbon and cigar pairing experience, an event space, and food options. An outside area will provide a music stage, pickleball courts, a pizza oven and more. After peeking at one of their newly installed stills, we said goodbye to Augusta and boarded the van one last time to head home.
Traveling with Tour With Us KY was a comfortable and safe way to explore The B-Line. Our driver was personable, engaging, and everyone loved relaxing and chatting in between stops. A tour would be great for team building, bachelor or bachelorette outings, or a fun filled day with friends. So grab your local bourbon club, your favorite clients, adventurous friends, or anyone else you think would enjoy a bourbon adventure and book your own tour today!