When we first moved to Georgetown, we didn’t know much about Lexington outside of the Horse Park and University of Kentucky. We started asking around to see where we should visit that would give us a unique experience or fun “night on the town.” Several people recommended we check out the Distillery District over on Manchester.
Shortly after the Civil War, the Headley & Farra Company stared a distillery in Lexington. This distillery was acquired by the James E Pepper Distillery in 1879 and quickly built six warehouses with the capacity of almost 50,000 barrels of whiskey. Following Prohibition in 1933 the Distillery sold their company to Schenley Products Corporation of New York.
In 1934 several of the buildings at the Distillery burned to the ground in a massive fire, but the company quickly rebuilt. Whiskey was made on the site until 1962 and the facility was used for storage until 1976 . Schenely Products sold the property in 1977. While this land was largely abandoned after 1977, the City of Lexington has worked diligently to redevelop the Distillery District.
We had a great day and could easily spend several more at this mecca of restaurants, distilleries, breweries, dessert lounge and axe throwing establishments. Our initial visit consisted of visits to Goodfella’s Pizzeria, Crank & Book Craft Ice Cream, Battle Axes and Fusion Brewery.
We started at Goodfella’s Pizzeria for their lunch special which can’t be beat. We got a large slice of pizza, an arms length bread stick and a drink for just $6. >>Read More
As if we weren’t full enough from our lunch, we decided to check out Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream for a sampler. >>Read More
Feeling like someone needed to roll us out of the ice cream lounge, we decided to work off our lunch and “snack” by heading over to Battle Axes to throw some hatchets. Way too much fun was had there. >>Read More
After a great hour of addictive hatchet throwing, we meandered over to Fusion Brewery to just hang out and have some great craft beer. >>Read More
While our day was full, we still missed a lot at the Distillery District, so it’s on the list to revisit. Maybe a tour at James E Pepper and dinner at Elk Horn Tavern is on the list for the next trip??!!