The B-Line

Welcome to the birthplace of bourbon!

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History tells that when Maysville was still a part of Old Bourbon County, Virginia, ‘Bourbon whiskey’ was stamped on the barrels spirits before being shipped off down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. The term ‘Bourbon whiskey’ is believed to have been coined in Maysville.

“There is no question in my mind that for the first century of bourbon’s history in Kentucky that Maysville was right in the forefront of it,” according to John Stanton, Kenton County External Affairs Director.

A stop on the B-Line, Maysville’s Old Pogue Distillery has a history dating back to the years following the Civil War. In 1876, the original Pogue distillery, Kentucky registered distillery No. 3, was established in Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, very near a site often said to be the location of Kentucky’s first bourbon distillery.

When visiting Pogue Distillery in Maysville, be sure to also check out the Old Pogue Experience at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, also located in Maysville, Ky.

A number of restaurants and bars in Maysville, including Caproni’s on the River, Two Twelve Market, Kenton Stories with Spirit, deSha’s Restaurant, O’Rourke’s Pub, and Crowe Bar, offer a wide variety of bourbons.

The B-Line consists of five Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® distilleries, six bourbon bars, and eight bourbon-centric restaurants. Participants can collect stamps from stops on The B-Line to claim prizes including t-shirts, hats, whiskey stones, and more.

For more information about customizing your own experience on The B-Line, click here to Find Your Sipping Point.