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?

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