Originally Posted by MrG
Yup, Lexington, or at least nearby. My friend and his parents each live in the outlying cities.
Definitely had to grab some Ale 8. I brought a 12 pack back with me. Actually, it's more than an 11 pack, since I'd killed a can before I even hit the Tennessee state line. I love it so much that one of the bourbons I bought was purchased solely because when I tasted it it seemed like it would go well with a splash of Ale 8 (I was correct).
I'd only been up one other time, about 10 years ago, and it's a substantially different place than it was back then. It's definitely more corporate - much of it looks like nondescript suburbs - but I will say that they're doing some pretty cool stuff toward the core of Lexington. It's seeing the same sort of renaissance and new urbanism that a lot of places are.
Also, it's beautiful in the countryside up there. We did a lot of driving - Lexington --> Versailles --> Frankfort one day, Lexington --> Richmond another, both to see stuff like distilleries and just so he could show me around. It's really a pretty place. I wish I could have been there a few weeks later when everything was in bloom during spring.
Oh, and did you ever have breakfast at the track kitchen at Keeneland? My friend insisted we do it, and it was the best Southern breakfast I've had in a long, long time. Cheap, too. Five bucks got me eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, and the fantastic home fries. It was the perfect foundation on which to pour bourbon.