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There’s A Beer Cheese Trail In Kentucky And It’s Everything You’ve Ever Dreamed Of

Everyone from Kentucky knows about the Bourbon Trail, and even the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville, but did you know Kentucky has a beer cheese trail? First served at John Allman’s Driftwood Inn Restaurant in the 1940s, beer cheese has become a signature spread of Kentucky. The trail that celebrates this creamy, cheesy culinary wonder stays around Winchester and Clark County, given that it’s the birth place of beer cheese. A lot of restaurants like to keep their recipe a secret, but the usual ingredients include cheese (obviously), a flat beer, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and a combination of spices such as cayenne and garlic powder. Due to its popularity, there are a lot of different kinds of beer cheese out there these days, but these eight stops on the beer cheese trail are the real deal.

Be sure to pick up a cheese log at any of the above restaurants. Order a beer cheese item off the menu, and you’ll get a stamp. Once your log is complete, drop it off at the Winchester-Clark County Tourism Commission. You just need to visit five of the eight stops to win a t-shirt, but why not try them all? If you stop at all eight restaurants, you’ll become an “Official Beer Cheese Ambassador,” and will be entered into a drawing to be a judge at the next Beer Cheese Festival. Have any beer cheese connoisseurs completed the trail?

Rachel Shulhafer
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. I have lived elsewhere twice, but keep coming back. I'm a video editor and freelance writer who enjoys watching people wearing University of Louisville uniforms excel at sports, scaling the faces of large rocks, and hanging out with my border collie/laborador/cattle dog mutt thingy that I have.