First introduced in early 2018, The B-Line includes four Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour distilleries, five bars, and five restaurants. Participants create their own experience by following a self-guided trail and complete the Line Guide by collecting two stamps from each category of distilleries, bars, and restaurants.
“All Kentucky bourbon has a history,” said Julie Kirkpatrick, Vice President—Sales & Marketing at meetNKY | Northern Kentucky CVB. “But the history exhibited at Neeley Family Distillery cannot be found anywhere else. As eleventh generation moonshiners, they have a great product and so many authentic stories to tell.”
Neeley Family Distillery, located in Sparta, Ky., began operations in 2015 and was officially named a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour earlier this year.
Also newly added to The B-Line, Coppin’s at Hotel Covington opened in 2016 inside of a luxury boutique hotel that underwent a $22 million building restoration of the iconic 1910 Coppin’s Department Store. Coppin’s Restaurant and Bar boasts a menu influenced by local sourcing, features bourbon-infused dishes, and shelves more than 50 bourbons.
“Adding Coppin’s to The B-Line gives participants another excellent choice in culinary experiences throughout Northern Kentucky,” Kirkpatrick said. “The unique, local menu options are the perfect beginning or ending to a day of bourbon exploration.”
The bourbon energy in Northern Kentucky continues to grow with the announcement of the October 2019 Kentucky’s Edge festival in Covington & Newport which promises to bring new visitors into the region to experience all the B-Line stops as well as the entire culinary and spirit scene in the area.
Coppin’s and Neeley Family Distillery join a celebrated list of existing B-Line establishments including New Riff Distilling, Boone County Distilling Co., The Old Pogue Distillery, Purple Poulet, Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros., Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar, Wiseguy Lounge, Bourbon Haus 1841, The Globe, Chandler’s on Market, Tousey House Tavern, and Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar.
Recent state mandates have closed restaurant and bar in-person service, but we're happy to report that many of our B-Line stops have patio dining (and carryout!) still available.
Northern Kentucky's new bourbon tour "The B-Line" added two new stops in 2019.
We may be smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer, but we predict that this could be the longest patio season in history... mostly due to Covid-19. And while the coronavirus might make us wear a mask or refrain from going indoors more than usual, we won't let it steal all of our joy!