Guide to Covington, Kentucky

Northern Kentucky, the edge of Bourbon Country, is situated along the Ohio River across from Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati/Covington area comprises the nation’s 28th largest metro area.

Bourbon & Distilleries Near Covington KY

Northern Kentucky houses five distilleries: Boone County Distilling Co., Neeley Family Distillery, The Old Pogue Distillery, New Riff Distilling, and Second Sight Spirits.

Boone County Distilling Co. is a distillery that was originally established in 1833 and was reborn in 2015. They produce spirits inspired by the past, including the courage of Reverend John Tanner, William Snyder's creative spirit, and the determination of Appleton, Jenkins, and Gaff.

Neeley Family Distillery is a small, family-owned and operated distillery located in the rolling hills of the Kentucky Bluegrass. They have been distilling for 11 generations and currently produce two full 53-gallon barrels of Triple Pot Distilled Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskey each day, as well as Brandy and Moonshine aged in used 10-year-old Kentucky bourbon barrels.

The Old Pogue Distillery is situated on the same grounds where the historic H.E. Pogue Distillery was located and drew its water. Owned by the Pogue family, the distillery produces small-batch Rye and Bourbon whisky using the same ingredient combinations and methods found in the recipes of their ancestors.

New Riff Distilling and Second Sight Spirits are two of the distilleries in Northern Kentucky featured on The B-Line, a unique bourbon tour of distilleries, restaurants, and bars launched in 2018.

Fun Facts about Covington

  • Northern Kentucky includes the city of Covington as well as Newport, Florence, Erlanger, Hebron, Union, Fort Thomas, and Bellevue.
  • Covington’s MainStrasse Village, which is on the National Historic Register, has German influences that date back to its founding in the mid-1800s.
  • Before there was Las Vegas, there was Newport, Ky. This little river town across from downtown Cincinnati once had a gambling reputation and was a hub for gangsters.
  • Northern Kentucky cuisine is a fusion of Germanic and Southern with a dash of bourbon and craft beer. Regional delicacies include goetta (German breakfast sausage), tomato pie, potato cakes, transparent pie, and Cincinnati chili.
  • The B-Line, Northern Kentucky’s unique bourbon tour of distilleries, restaurants, and bars, was launched in 2018.
  • The CVG International Airport is serviced by Delta, United, American Airlines, Southwest, Frontier, Allegiant, Apple Air, Air Canada, Sun Country Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, and Viva Aerobus.
  • Northern Kentucky is growing by leaps and bounds: new restaurants, hotels, and attractions open routinely. Recent additions include Bircus Brewing Company, Rich’s Proper Food & Drink, Alexandria Brewing, Baker’s Table, Flow Koffee + Kombucha, and Spoon: Kitchen & Market, to name just a few.
  • Northern Kentucky is an official trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Come Find Bourbon - Guide to Covington Kentucky