Named after the Town Branch of the Elkhorn river, which flows alongside it, this new lounge and taproom allows Barrel House Distilling Co. to showcase inventive cocktails made from their products: RockCastle Bourbon, Pure Blue Vodka, Devil John Moonshine, Devil John Dark Shine, Oak Rum and Barrel House Rum. A selection of other spirits and a beer and wine menu is also available. The building is the original barreling house of the James E. Pepper Distillery, founded in 1780, and the decor reflects that rustic and historic theme, with natural wood accents and copper bar tops and ceilings. 

We are also proud to serve light regional fare! We have something for every appetite available for dine-in and carry-out. View our full menu below.

And don't forget about us when you're planning your next event! You can also rent out the Elkhorn as a space for your birthday, corporate event, holiday party, wedding reception and more! Contact Jeff at for more information! 

The Elkhorn Tavern Hours
Monday - Tuesday
Wednesday - Sunday Open at 11 am

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Beer Cheese Platter    8
Hall's on the River Beer Cheese served with celery, pretzels & crackers

Spicy Corn Queso       10
Served warm with Tortilla Chips


Soups served with a Corn Mash Muffin made from our RockCastle Bourbon spent grains

Elkhorn Burgoo          12 oz Bowl 10
Burgoo has been served in Kentucky distilleries since the early 1800s. Ours is made with elk, rabbit, beef and vegetables

Soup Beans                12 oz Bowl 7
Pinto Beans slow cooked in traditional Kentucky style. Served with onion and relish on the side


Sandwiches served on Sunrise Bakery's Distiller's Bread with potato chips or your choice of one side
Add 1.00 for Corn Mash Muffins made from our RockCastle Bourbon spent grains

Pimento Cheese         10
Made with a hint of jalapeño and topped with bacon crumbles, lettuce and tomato. Available cold or grilled on Distiller's Bread

 Chicken Salad 10
Made with pecans, celery and grapes and served with lettuce and tomato on toasted Distiller's Bread

BLT                              8.5
On toasted Distiller's Bread with lettuce, tomato, and Mayo

 Kentucky Country Ham & Rolls        12
Served on 3 King’s Hawaiian Rolls with lettuce, tomato and honey mayo on the side

Your Pick                    10
Half of a Sandwich or one Country Ham Roll and a cup of Soup Beans or Burgoo 


Distiller's Board         Full Board 22   Half Board 11
Country Ham, Capocollo, Salami, Sharp Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Fontina, Gruyere, Gouda, fresh fruit, almonds and olives


Cottage Cheese                     2
Baked Beans                          2
Red Skin Potato Salad          2
2 Corn Mash Muffins made from our RockCastle Bourbon spent grains               3


Bourbon Pecan Pie                 8

Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Iced Tea, Coffee, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite or Kentucky's Own Ale-8-One