Bourbon Trail Tour

NIU at Kentucky Pregame Reception

Thursday, Sept. 22

Join the NIU Alumni Association for a bourbon trail tasting and tour Thursday, Sept. 22, in Lexington, Kentucky.

The tour bus will depart at 8:45 a.m., returning at 6:15 p.m., for a day full of tasting and education in the heart of bourbon country. The tour will depart from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green located at 245 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, Kentucky 40503.

Attendees will travel via chartered bus to Kentucky Artisan/Jefferson’s Reserve Distillery, Three Boys Farm, and Buffalo Trace for tours and tasting. Brunch will take place at Holly Hill.

Space is limited and all attendees must be 21 or older to attend.

For more information or questions, please contact Director of NIU Foundation and Alumni Events Dana King, '05, at or 815-753-5421. All sales are final. There are no refunds.

Tour Schedule:
8:45 a.m. – Depart from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green
9:30-11 a.m. – Brunch at Holly Hill
12:15-1:45 p.m. – Kentucky Artisan MJ Exclusive tour and tasting
2:30-3:15 p.m. – Three Boys Farm barrel tasting
3:45-5:30 p.m. – Buffalo Trace tour and tasting
6:15 p.m. – Return to the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green

Event Information

Cost: $100 per person
All attendees must be 21 years old. 
All sales are final, no refunds will be given.

Tour will depart from:


8:45AM - 6:30PM Thu 22 Sep 2022, Eastern timezone


Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green
245 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503

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Distillery Information:

Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Kentucky Artisan Distillery is the home to multiple brands, most notably Jefferson’s Bourbon. Founded in 1997, Jefferson’s is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They were continuing a family whiskey tradition that goes back to Trey’s 8th-generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799 for the “production and sales of spirituous liquors.” His curious and experimental mindset has allowed him to push the boundaries of bourbon whiskey. The distillery upholds tradition while discovering new possibilities.

Three Boys Farm
Three Boys Farm Distillery is located on a 127-acre working farm in rural Franklin County, Kentucky. The distillery grows its own corn and other grains that are used in its pot-still single distillation process.

Buffalo Trace
For over 200 years, Buffalo Trace Distillery has been defined by a dedication to one craft: making fine bourbon whiskey. By honoring tradition and embracing change, Buffalo Trace Distillery has earned its place of leadership among the legendary spirit makers of the world.

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