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Here’s how to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month at NKY

In 2007, the Senate passed a resolution declaring September National Bourbon Heritage Month. To celebrate, meetNKY is sharing a list of festivities and promotions for bourbon lovers at B-Line locations across Northern Kentucky this month.

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, distilled spirits have an estimated total annual economic contribution of $8.94 billion, supporting nearly 22,540 jobs in Kentucky. The B-Line, short for Bourbon Line, was introduced in 2018 to help capture the large percentage of this economic impact, especially people driving along I-75 or traveling to CVG International Airport.

Line B includes eight bourbon bars, six bourbon-focused restaurants, and northern Kentucky distilleries such as Boone County Distilling Company, New Riff Distilling, and Old Pogue Distillery.

“Kentucky is the epicenter of bourbon culture and heritage and has helped set high standards for distilling,” said Julie Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of meetNKY. “We invite bourbon fans across the country to join us throughout the month in celebrating the rich history and unique stories of the distilleries, restaurants and bars along the B-Line, on the outskirts and at the beginning of the “Bourbon State”.

A full list of stops is available on The B-Line’s website.

Some of the National Bourbon Heritage Month festivities planned for Northern Kentucky include:

Behind the Tousey House bar. Photo provided | meetNKY

Tousey House Tavern: 5963 N. Jefferson St. #9596, Burlington

In addition to celebrating 200 years in business during the month of September, Tousey House will be offering two limited-edition cocktails: Erastus Manhattan, featuring a Tousey Starlight Barrel Pick Bourbon, Carpano’s Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, and Peychard’s Bitters, topped with a Bada Bing Cherry

Union Square offers Maker’s Mark bourbon, Boone County maple syrup, fresh pomegranate and lemon juice, all topped with a sprig of rosemary.

The Burlington Restaurant is also offering two special desserts to celebrate the month: Bourbon-Infused Salted Caramel Apple Pie à la Mode and Bourbon Pecan Crème Brûlée.

Salon Wiseguy: 603 Main Street, Covington

Wiseguy Lounge will feature a weekly distiller and weekly specials to celebrate the month. Participating distillers include Pinhook, Boone County Distilling, Rabbit Hole Distillery, Makers Mark, Old Forrester, New Riff and Four Roses.

Weekly promotions with featured distillers include $5 Manhattans on Mondays, discounted bottles on Tuesdays and $5 old-school cocktails on Wednesdays. On Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the lounge will host educational activities with various representatives of the bourbon brand.

A wall of bourbon casks is on display at Coppin’s Restaurant at the Covington Hotel. Photo provided | meetNKY

Coppin’s: 638 Madison Avenue, Covington

Located at the Covington Hotel, Coppin’s will host a Bourbon Heritage Tasting Event for 25 people at 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7.

Featured bourbons include Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 and 15, George T. Stagg 2019, and the latest from the WL Weller CYPB. Free small bites are also included.

Those interested can purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar: 629 Main Street, Covington

Every Wednesday of the month, the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar will offer tastings of “dusty” and rare bottles of bourbon from the bar’s collection. Once those bourbons are gone, they’re gone for good.

For more information on Dusty Bottle Wednesdays, visit the OKBB website.

Behind the Smoke Justis bar. Photo provided | meetNKY.

Justis Smoke: 302 Court Street, Covington

Every day in September, Smoke Justis will be offering a B-Line flight and $6 Early Times BIB Old Fashioned cocktails.

One of the restaurant’s star cocktails will be a Buzzard’s Roost Manhattan, which guests can enjoy with a printed recipe card and featured spirit story. A full list of monthly events is available on the Smoke Justis website.

Ban Bourbon Bar: 530 Washington Ave, Newport

The Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros. Coffee in Newport is celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month with a few extra flights and drink specials to commemorate the momentous occasion. For more information on specific promotions, visit The Prohibition Bourbon Bar website. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Ban Bourbon Bar. Photo provided | meetNKY

“We like to show the big stops along the B line and link this region to the wealthy
bourbon heritage throughout the Commonwealth,” said Kirkpatrick. “This month is a
perfect time for visitors across the tri-state and nationwide to come experience our
Southern spirit – and spirits – right here in Northern Kentucky.

Interested parties can click here for a full list of participating properties, events and special offers.