The crisp chill of fall is just around the corner. That means that the time is right to get your hands on a great bottle of whiskey. When the mood strikes, you can always drop by your local liquor store for a pint of aged whiskey — even basic stores are sure to carry a few interesting brands — but why not get in the spirit and turn it into an odyssey? (We like to turn everything into an odyssey.) Nothing is better than going to the source and picking up a bottle and a little insider knowledge.
The summer-fall changeover is perfect for an epic, memory-filled road trip to buy some booze. And this country is dotted with spectacular, innovative distilleries just waiting for you to discover. Check out some of our favorites below.
High West (Utah)
Perched in the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains in Wanship, Utah, High West is one of the most picturesque distilleries in the world. On top of its beautiful surroundings, the distillery also makes some amazing whiskey, including: American Prairie Bourbon, Campfire, and Yippee Ki-Yay rye.
While in the area, stop by nearby Park City and take advantage of any number of outdoors activities. Or just eat at the High West restaurant in town.
Jack Daniel’s (Tennessee)
If you find yourself anywhere near Lynchburg, Tennessee, this fall, you should make a pit stop at the Jack Daniel’s distillery. The sprawling campus is full of as much history as it is whiskey. Take a tour of the distillery, sample some Jack, and stock up on swag at the Lynchburg Hardware General Store.
This destination might be the holy grail for American whiskey fans, and for good reason.
Garrison Brothers (Texas)
American whiskey might be based in Kentucky, but Texas is quickly becoming a powerhouse in the spirits world. One of the best in the state is Hye, Texas’ Garrison Brothers. Visiting this small-batch distiller means embracing Texas Hill Country (and a wild west, cowboy mentality) while you visit the cabin gift shop and tasting room before taking an open-air ride to the cookhouse and distillery.