Listen to the WVXU radio interview here.

With the Bourbon Trail’s main features being less than 90 minutes away, Northern Kentucky is taking steps to tap into Kentucky’s thriving bourbon industry. Northern Kentucky is now an official gateway to the Bourbon Trail. And the region is promoting it Bourbon Line, three distilleries and a collection of bourbon bars and restaurants.

Here to discuss what this means for Northern Kentucky, as well as the region’s historical ties to the state’s bourbon industry, are Julie Kirkpatrick, vice president of Sales and Marketing with meetNKY; Kristin Baldwin, vice president of Public Affairs and Communications with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; and Fred Minnick, who writes about whisky for several publications and is the author of “Bourbon Curious: A Simple Guide for the Savvy Drinker.”