A new craft brewery and bourbon and moonshine distillery have opened their doors in Kentucky’s oldest city of Harrodsburg – and both are making history as firsts.
Lemons Mill Brewery earns the distinction of being the first tavern or taproom in the area since before the 1920s. Olde Towne Distillery is the first distillery in the United States to produce Hemp Moonshine. Both are giving beer and booze aficionados new reasons to sip some suds and spirits.
Not since before Prohibition, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Jazz Age has Harrodsburg had a tavern or taproom in town. In the intervening near-century, small-batch breweries have become the kicks.
The award-winning Lemons Mill Brewery does not disappoint. There are 18 beers on tap under the brewery’s OCD Squared brand, including G-Spot Jalapeno Ale, OG Citrus Blonde Ale, Kranbier Cranberry Ale and Bullocks. Additionally, the brewery offers its own gluten-free beer and has a selection of local favorite beers and a variety of wines.
Guests can cozy up to the 19-foot red cedar bar with seating for 12 to 15 or stretch out on leather couches and chairs, order a beer and play video games on the TV screens. For warm-weather months, a fenced-in patio with wrought iron tables and chairs and umbrellas is an inviting spot to sip a cold one. Throughout the year, anyone seated at the bar can watch the beer being made.
“When the weather is warm we’ll have the garage door that separates the taproom from the brewery open so people can see the mash tubs, cookers and other equipment,” said LeMayne Ellis, brewer and co-owner of Lemons Mill Brewery.
The brewery is on Kentucky’s Brewgrass Trail, which showcases the area’s craft breweries, and you can pick up your passport here. Once stamped by all the breweries on the trail, you can turn it in for an official Brewgrass Trail t-shirt.
Olde Towne Distillery showcases premium flavored moonshines, blended whiskeys and premium liquors. Its specialty? Hemp Moonshine, which uses a distillation method wherein moonshine is processed with hemp seed grain to create a nutty flavor profile – one that has never before been experienced in the world of moonshine.
“This is a new and exciting time for moonshine lovers everywhere,” said Mike Richards, operations manager.
The distillery produces flavored moonshines at 80-proof, including maple, watermelon, peach and apple pie, creating a flavorful taste combined with the “kick” expected by dedicated moonshine drinkers. It is presented in the time-honored tradition of illegal moonshine, in a collectible stone jug. As have generations of moonshine makers before them, the distillers work with a decades-old recipe combined with slow cooking on a copper pot still, evoking the storied days of illegal shine bought from a bootlegger.
Olde Towne’s Elkhorn Bourbon combines high potency and lavish taste to evoke the signature taste and unique art and culture of whiskey made in the Appalachian Mountains. It is available in traditional and honey flavors. Its Battlefield Collection comprises a smooth spirit whiskey that commemorates the Battle of Perryville, which took place during the Civil War. It is a 90-proof blended whiskey – 90 percent whiskey, 10 percent bourbon – with a smooth flavor that is perfect for sipping.
To plan a visit to Harrodsburg, click into www.HarrodsburgKY.com. For overnight accommodations, the Beaumont Inn pairs perfectly with a visit to Lemons Mill Brewery and Olde Towne Distillery. You can book the Personalized Bourbon Tasting with the Innkeeper and sip your way through the flavor profiles of a half dozen fine Kentucky bourbons.
February 18, 2017
LeMayne Ellis, brewer at Lemons Mill Brewery in Harrodsburg, KY
Relax at the bar at Lemons Mill Brewery.
Olde Towne Distillery moonshine and bourbon
Photo: Olde Towne Distillery
Olde Towne Distillery’s Battlefield Collection recalls Kentucky’s Battle of Perryville.