A narrow valley south of Frankfort, Kentucky was the home of a couple of bourbon distilleries for more than 100 years. In the 1970s they closed.
Their remnants remained unused in this valley for 40 year.
Nature was taking over.
But recently two startup distilleries have moved back into some of the buildings and began bourbon making again. One took over the Old Taylor facility, whose office building looked like a castle.
They have named their bourbon Castle & Key. More on the ‘key’ in a moment, but you can see where the Castle portion came from.
They have invested significant amounts of money into the facility.
The steam towers remain but unused.
There is a great mix of old and new.
The ‘key’ portion comes from their water source – which inside is shaped like a keyhole.
The control for the small dam still functions.
Overall it is a great location for bourbon making.
The massive 4 floor aging warehouse is once again in use.
Just up the road is Glenn’s Creek – another bourbon maker who took over an old abandoned facility.
Tours of bourbon distilleries is a very big tourist business in Kentucky, and there are no settings better than here.