The folks over at Newport Walking Tours have put together another variation of their tour through Newport for Saturday evenings in August. In the past we have reported on their treks through Newport exploring the gangster past, as well as their trips through historic Over-the-Rhine reliving some of Cincinnati’s colorful days, and now for the remaining Saturdays in August they are hosting the Bourbon & Bootleggers Dinner Party and Tour.
The commonwealth of Kentucky is known for the production of bourbon, which is a slightly sweeter version of whiskey made with at-least 51 percent corn, and the state takes great pride in its bourbon history. Even today, 95 percent of all bourbon made in the world comes from Kentucky, most notably the center area of the state ranging from Lexington in the east to Bardstown in the west. While you could travel down further down into the state, this tour takes place in our very own urban core and will definitely give you a local flavor as to what Newport’s hand is in the history of bourbon.
The tour starts at Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, with arrival at 6:15pm. Prior to departing, you will learn a bit more about bourbon and sample different types at the bar prior to the tour. The walking tour then leads you around Newport, and is followed by dinner featuring dishes with bourbon in them such as Smokey Bourbon Brisket and Creamy Bourbon Chicken.
The bourbon samples, dinner, and tour cost $45. The Bourbon & Bootleggers Dinner Party and Tour runs each and every Saturday evening throughout the rest of August. Space is very limited, so organizers encourage those interested to purchase tickets ahead of time online.