January31st2013

HARRODSBURG, Ky. — The historic Beaumont Inn, a Central Kentucky staple and the state’s oldest family-owned country bed and breakfast, is the newest Kentucky Bourbon Trail Official Sponsor™.
Adam Johnson, Director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® experience, said the charming inn and its alluring Old Owl Tavern has become a favorite hangout for Bourbon connoisseurs on their quest to learn the art and science of America’s only native spirit.
“The Beaumont Inn is the height of Southern hospitality,” Johnson said. “Its accommodations are luxurious, its genuine cuisine is delicious and its Bourbon selection is fabulous.
“Plus, its location is convenient to many of our legendary distilleries and nearby attractions in the heart of the Bluegrass. We are excited and proud to welcome the Beaumont Inn as a sponsor of our unique, signature and world-class tour.”
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn is owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations of the Dedman family. It has 31 guest rooms, spa and massage services and offers a full Southern breakfast each morning.
Enjoy fine dining in the main room or more relaxed fare in the Old Owl Tavern.
The tavern’s name comes from Old Owl Kentucky Whiskey, which was distilled at the Dedman Distillery for generations in Mercer County. The tavern features its original limestone foundation, oak beams and pictures of local distilleries before Prohibition.
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to partner and become a sponsor of the renowned Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure,” said Dixon Dedman, the inn’s general manager. “Our business continues to grow with Bourbon tourism.
“We are delighted to send guests on day trips to the different distilleries involved in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience, and they always return happy. It’s developed into another huge reason guests are visiting Kentucky and the Beaumont Inn.”
The inn is located at 638 Beaumont Inn Drive in Harrodsburg. For reservations or more information, call (800) 352-3992 or visit online at www.beaumontinn.com and www.oldowntavern.com.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour features Four Roses and Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg; Heaven Hill in Bardstown; Jim Beam in Clermont; Maker’s Mark in Loretto; Town Branch in Lexington and Woodford Reserve in Versailles.
KDA President Eric Gregory thanked The Beaumont Inn for its support and said the sponsorship program is a direct result of the increasing global popularity of Kentucky Bourbon and the iconic tour.
“Visitors are pouring into Kentucky to enjoy the one, true authentic Bourbon experience,” he said. “We have two centuries of rich history, craftsmanship and proud heritage that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.”
Sponsorships are available to select transportation companies, restaurants and bars, hotels and inns, tourism attractions and convention and visitors’ bureaus. All must have a link to the Bourbon industry or the responsible consumption of spirits.
Visits to Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries broke the half-million mark in 2012 for the first time ever, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. More than 2 million people have visited participating distilleries in the last five years alone, Johnson said.
The KDA’s Passport program — which rewards visitors who tour all seven distilleries — also set an all-time high in 2012 with 18,360 completions. That is a 56 percent over 2011 numbers.
Johnson said, “The Kentucky Bourbon Trail journey continues to grow at an incredible rate, and we appreciate the support of the Beaumont Inn and our sponsors that are enhancing the experience and contributing to Kentucky’s mash appeal.”
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For more information, contact:
S. Dixon Dedman, The Beaumont Inn, (800) 352-3992
Adam Johnson, (502) 875-9351, mobile (859) 583- 0301
On the web: www.beaumontinn.com
www.kybourbontrail.com
www.kybourbon.com
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Bourbon Trail™ are trademarks/service marks of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Please drink responsibly.