Today’s Reason To Drink

unnamedNow this is my kind of town.

The city of Lebanon, Ky., is creating a masterpiece of art out of their boring old water tower. The 135-foot functional structure was created by internationally renowned muralist Eric Henn, who has designed large-scale murals for the likes of Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Postal Service, AT&T and Hershey, among many others.

The Maker’s Mark Distillery is Marion County’s No. 1 tourist attraction and is located just eight miles from downtown Lebanon.

“The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is absolutely booming, and we want to do everything we can to capitalize on that,” says Nena Olivier, executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. “Our hope is that the water tower will draw more visitors to Lebanon and, once here, we can promote all the other wonderful things Lebanon has to offer.”

I know what you’re thinking, but there’s definitely more to Lebanon than a Cracker Barrel. Besides Maker’s, they’ve got the Limestone Branch Distillery, the Kentucky Cooperage, WhiteMoon Winery and the Gorley Naturalist Trail, which encircles Fagan Branch Reservoir, a no-fuel lake for canoeing, sailing and fishing.

Get those selfie sticks ready.

I was considering a move south until I found out that, sadly, actual water comes out of the tower, not bourbon.

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