• Leigh Roach

Wilderness Trail Distillery Barrels Up to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Tour


Danville Distillery Becomes 18th ​ Stop On Historic Journey


WTD: Press Release

DANVILLE, Ky. – Wilderness Trail, one of the founding distillery destinations on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft TourⓇ, has advanced to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventure, becoming the 18​th​ stop on the world-famous journey that showcases America’s only native spirit.

Launched in 2012 as a premium craft distillery in Danville, Ky., Wilderness Trail has expanded its production and grown its distinctive visitor experience to meet the standards to become the first KBTCT distillery to graduate to the iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour.


“This is an exciting day for Wilderness Trail, the Danville community and all our Kentucky Bourbon Trail® partners,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “Wilderness Trail has established itself as a can’t-miss stop that fully delves into the art and science of our signature spirit.
“On behalf of our members, we congratulate Wilderness Trail on their success and proudly welcome them to the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour as its 18th member, the most participating distilleries since the KDA founded the KBT® in 1999.”

Co-owners Shane Baker and Pat Heist are recognized globally as leading fermentation specialists through their original company, Ferm Solutions, consulting with distilleries around the world to develop products and enhance production.


With more than 20 years of experience in the production of alcohol and bringing some of the best brands to market, Baker and Heist expanded their focus to creating their own brand of unique spirits ensuring quality and a healthy dose of science in the process.


“We are very excited to be joining the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® after years on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® for both our growth as well as the impact to our community,” said Baker, Co-Owner and Master Distiller.
“We excel in offering a unique experience and educational perspective of the Bourbon-making process by focusing on the science in making Bourbon while maintaining a traditional Bourbon distillery process across our 163-acre campus in historic Danville, the birthplace of Kentucky.”