Summer Jam - Jonathan New

September 1st – 5 to 8 pm

Jonathan New performs at Wilderness Trail Distillery's Summer Jam September 1st 2017 Jonathan New, guitarist with the West Coast Turnarounds, performs and there will be delicious food. This Somerset native’s first musical influences were the old gospel songs at the Baptist church where his father pastored. His mother was also a traditional country fan and would play Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Porter Wagoner, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton records. New took up the guitar at 13 and began writing his own songs at 17 after hearing Billy Joe Shaver ( a Texas songwriter ). His album, “My Guitar and I” is available through him.

New’s performances include the Master Musicians Festival, The Nashville Songwriter Festival, ROMP, and the Red Barn Radio Show. He tours nationally with different artists as part of their road band. Along with his solo career, you can catch Jonathan playing with Travis Harris and the West Coast Turnarounds, The Rachel Crowe Band, and Funkabilly.

Cabin 12 Rolling Bistro, Southern Style Kettlecorn and NuBlend smoothies will be food vendors for the September 1st Summer Jam.

Of course, enjoy Wilderness Trail Distillery’s cocktails made with Blue Heron Vodka and Harvest Rum at all of the Summer Jams.

For more information, contact Emily Toadvine at or phone 859-402-8707.

BBQ Festival

September 8th – 10th

KY State BBQ Festival logo Wilderness Trail Distillery is host for the State BBQ Festival, a United Way fundraiser. The event is September 8-10. Our tour schedule is the same for Sept. 8th, 10th am to 4 pm at the top of the hour. On Sept. 9th and 10th, we will offer $5 tours every half hour and have a specialty tour available Sept. 9th.

Master Distiller’s Tour

Available only 2 or 4 pm Saturday, Sept. 9th

Led by Shane Baker, Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Master Distiller and distillery co-owner. In addition to a tour of our laboratory, fermentation and distilling areas, this hour-long tour includes a trip to our barrelhouse. Limited to 20 people per tour. Cost: $20, includes a shotglass and tasting.

Reserve your spot by calling 859-402-8707.

BBQ Festival Tour Schedule:

Other Sept. 9th and 10th tours are:

  • Tours every half hour
  • Saturday, Sept. 9th: 10 am-8 pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 10th: Noon-3 pm

Sign up in the garage behind the historic Visitor’s Center.

BBQ Festival Gala

Tastes, Talents and Tunes

  • 5:30-9:30 pm Friday, Sept. 8th in the distillery
  • Tastes: TV celebrity BBQ pit masters dinner, a Four Roses Bourbon Tasting, Wilderness Trail Distillery cocktails.
  • Talents: Artists selling customized work.
  • Tunes: Paul Childers and the Black Tie Affair band

Tickets: $50 per person, which includes the food, music and 2 cocktails.
A Heart of Kentucky United Way fundraiser
Call 859-238-6986 by Sept. 5th.

Chili Cook-off

October 21st

Chili Cook-off to benefit Kiwanis Christmas program. More details to follow.