FrankfoRt, Kentucky Distilled

True lovers of Kentucky know that the literal and figurative heart of this gracious southern state is the capital city of Frankfort, perfectly positioned on the shores of the Kentucky River between Louisville and Lexington.  Frankfort embodies the essence of everything that makes Kentucky special from her natural charm and beauty to her world-renowned bourbon, all in one distinctly small and spirited package. You could say that Frankfort is Kentucky Distilled.

As surely as Frankfort is making modern history, the city is also deeply rooted in Kentucky’s past. Legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone is buried in Frankfort. Historic architecture graces government buildings from the current Capitol to the old state Capitol, the Governor’s mansions, the region’s only Frank Lloyd Wright house and Liberty Hall, the home of John Brown, one of Kentucky’s founding fathers.  Leslie Morris Park sitting atop Fort Hill offers a glimpse into Frankfort’s role during the Civil War and a myriad of museums provide insight into everything from Kentucky’s government to its military to the state police. Frankfort even has one of Kentucky’s few remaining original covered bridges.

Food. Drink. Arts. Music.

Culturally, Frankfort offers a microcosm of Kentucky’s comfort food, candy, music, art and southern hospitality. 

For example, Completely Kentucky features products, crafts and artwork from more than 650 of the best artisans in the state. Rebecca Ruth candy epitomizes "Kentucky Distilled" by mixing the iconic flavors of Kentucky into nationally renowned sweet treats – Mint Kentucky Colonel and the iconic Bourbon Balls.  And public art, sculpture trails, gardens, art societies and numerous galleries speak to the city’s commitment to the arts.  

But let's be honest...

If we’re talking Kentucky . . . we’re talking bourbon. 

Declared by Congress in 1964 to be America’s Native Spirit, bourbon by definition is made in the United States. But really, everyone knows that means Kentucky – 95% of the world's bourbon is made in this state, where there are more barrels of bourbon than people.  And Frankfort’s iconic Buffalo Trace Distillery is the leader among the legendary spirit makers of Kentucky, staying true to the traditions of the craft while embracing change that results in improvement. In addition to Buffalo Trace, Frankfort has 14 other Distilleries within 20 miles of its downtown. It also has 5 wineries and West Sixth’s new beer farm.  Given this concentration of bourbon, beer, wine, other spirits and additional amenities, Frankfort truly is the heart of Kentucky’s spirits industry.