Distillery District Food & History Tour in Lexington

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Lexington, US
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Lexington, US
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Join us in the lively Distillery District for a journey in time you won't forget! Sip on limestone filtered bourbons, sample long-standing Kentucky cuisine, and explore the stories behind this revitalized piece of Lexington's history. You'll taste cider, farm-to-table fare, German inspired bites, sophisticated cocktails, Kentucky staples like burgoo, award-winning ice cream, and the bourbon that built this property, all while hearing well-researched history woven into a day filled with fun and new friends! Discover the historic James E. Pepper Distillery, indulge in diverse food and drink offerings, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Lexington. The tour lasts for 180 minutes, and you'll meet inside RELIC, a public warehouse of vintage home decor. Don't miss out on this unique and delicious adventure!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Sample cider, farm-to-table fare, German inspired bites
  • Sip on limestone filtered bourbons
  • Explore the stories behind Lexington's history
  • Experience the lively Distillery District
  • Taste award-winning ice cream and Kentucky staples
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch

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Immerse yourself in the rich history and flavors of Kentucky with the Distillery District Food & History Tour in Lexington. This captivating journey will transport you back in time as you explore the revitalized 25-acre Distillery District, sipping on limestone-filtered bourbons and savoring delicious Kentucky cuisine. From the moment you step into the lively RELIC, a public warehouse of vintage and reclaimed home decor, you'll feel the excitement building for the experiences that lie ahead.

What to expect?

During this 180-minute tour, prepare to indulge your taste buds and feed your curiosity. Your knowledgeable foodie guide will lead you through the historic James E. Pepper Distillery property, where bourbon has been crafted since 1879. As you stroll through this vibrant downtown destination, you'll discover diverse food and drink offerings that will tantalize your senses. From sampling cider and farm-to-table fare to savoring German-inspired bites and sophisticated cocktails, you'll embark on a culinary adventure like no other. Don't miss the opportunity to try Kentucky staples such as burgoo, award-winning ice cream, and of course, the bourbon that built this remarkable property. Along the way, you'll also learn fascinating stories about Lexington's history, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Who is this for?

The Distillery District Food & History Tour is perfect for all those who are passionate about history, bourbon, and culinary delights. Whether you're a local seeking to uncover hidden gems in your own city or a visitor eager to experience the authentic flavors of Kentucky, this tour will satisfy your cravings for knowledge and delicious food alike. No matter your age or background, this experience is designed to engage and delight everyone, from history enthusiasts to food lovers. So gather your friends, family, or fellow explorers and embark on this unforgettable journey through time and taste.

Why book this?

Embark on a delightful tour that combines the best of history, culture, and gastronomy. Discover the revitalized Distillery District, a vibrant hub that showcases the rich heritage of Lexington. With its diverse range of food and drink offerings, this tour allows you to savor the flavors of Kentucky in a unique and immersive way. Your knowledgeable guide will not only lead you to hidden culinary gems but also provide well-researched historical insights, making each stop on the tour both educational and entertaining. From the moment you arrive at RELIC, you'll feel the energy and excitement, setting the tone for a truly unforgettable experience. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, make new friends, and create lasting memories as you explore this historic district.

Good to know:

Please note that the total duration of this tour is 180 minutes, ensuring ample time to fully immerse yourself in each culinary experience and historical stop. The meeting point and end point for the tour is RELIC, a public warehouse that offers a unique shopping experience filled with Kentucky-made products. Arriving early gives you the chance to browse and discover even more treasures. This tour includes a range of delectable food and drink options, providing a comprehensive taste of Kentucky's culinary heritage. Be sure to come with an empty stomach and an open mind, ready to be delighted by the flavors and stories that await you.


Customers rave about the Distillery District Food & History Tour, praising not only the delicious food and drinks but also the knowledgeable guides who bring the history and culture to life. One satisfied customer says, "This tour was the perfect combination of history and gastronomy. I loved learning about the distillery's past while sampling delicious Kentucky cuisine. Highly recommend!" Another reviewer adds, "The tour exceeded my expectations. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. The selection of food and drinks was superb, showcasing the best of Lexington's culinary scene." These positive experiences and glowing reviews only further highlight the exceptional quality of this tour and its ability to delight and captivate participants.

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James E. Pepper Distillery

Your fun foodie guide will take you through the historic James E. Pepper Distillery property, which began making bourbon in 1879. Today, this spot has been revitalized as a lively downtown Lexington destination, with diverse food and drink offerings...and lots of fun!



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Had a great time with Kaylee. She had lots of interesting facts and made the tour lots of fun. Food and bourbon tastings were good.


Was an excellent tour. Hayley did a wonderful job. She was passionate about the history of the area. The food and drinks were really good.


Kaylee was an amazing guide. She has a great personality and made everyone feel welcome. Her knowledge and stories of bourbon making and the people involved made this tour very enjoyable. We enjoyed all the foods and tastings. Highly recommended this tour.


We had a very fun experience bouncing around to all of the spots on the tour. Delicious food. Great job Kaylee! Keep up the good work.


Super fun tour. Great guides, good food and beverages! We experienced a couple smaller distilleries, a ciderie, good food and ended with ice cream! Highly recommend!


Just enough history / just enough food/ just enough spirits! We LOVED our experience on this tour! The staff was friendly and engaging and our tour mates were a swell group! My boyfriend and I did this as a couple and didn’t know what to expect. We were thrilled to say the least & would absolutely recommend it to locals and travelers alike.


I recommend this tour it has plenty of surprises with the price. Both your guides were energetic and full of positive Energy.

Scott A

Delightful experience. Erin & her team are top notch: friendly, attentive & well-researched with lots of interesting local history. The food was good and drinks were tasty. Really enjoyed the time with my friends. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thank you!


Well, it's called "Bites of the Bluegrass", and there was most certainly plenty of delicious food, alone worth the cost of the ticket. The stars of the show for me however, were the super friendly and knowledeable guides! What a fun bunch of historical facts we learned about Kentucky distilleires and SO much more. DO IT!


Sunday Funday, am I right? I had a blast on this tour, overflowing with Kentucky history and delicious bites!
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2024-05-18 06:27