More spirits than bourbon get their start here
While Louisville is (understandably) a mecca for bourbon enthusiasts, it’s not the only spirit that calls Louisville home. And we’re not talking about all the moonshine, or Louisville’s Rivulet pecan liqueur, tasty though they are. Since the early 1900s, Vendome Copper & Brass Works has been in Louisville building some of the best stills around (although it took a short break during Prohibition). Vendome’s distillery equipment can be found across the continent, from Arkansas to Nova Scotia to its spectacular display in Louisville’s own Copper & Kings brandy distillery. So renowned are our homegrown still-makers that in 2003, Vendome built the replicas of an early pot still for the Smithsonian, reconstructing George Washington’s distillery at Mt. Vernon.
Locally sourced fish may not be your best bet
The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife issues consumption advisories on what bodies of water across the state may contain contaminants that are harmful to those who eat the fish they catch in local lakes, streams, and rivers. Virtually all of Kentucky’s bordering the Ohio River is included in this advisory for high levels of mercury and PCBs (organic chlorine compounds that have been used for things like coolant). So if you catch a bass, a common carp, or a catfish under 18", you’ll want to limit your consumption of these tasty creatures to just one meal per month.