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Beer Cheese Trail

Beer Cheese Trail | Winchester, Kentucky

It all started on the Kentucky River where Johnnie Allman served his cousin’s Joe’s Snappy Cheese at the historic Driftwood Inn. Today, the Beer Cheese Trail consists of ten stops – each offering their own unique and delicious selections. No beer cheese in the world is more authentic than the kind made on the Beer Cheese Trail. It all started here!

Get started by grabbing an official Cheese Log at participating restaurants or at our Visitor Center located at 2 South Maple Street, Winchester, KY 40391.

  1. Order any beer cheese item from the menu.
  2. Experience the unique and delicious flavors!
  3. Have your Cheese Log officially stamped or track your progress on your mobile device by using our FREE Tour Winchester app and clicking on the Beer Cheese Trail icon.
  4. Repeat steps 1 – 3 at a minimum of five restaurants on the Beer Cheese Trail.

Return your Cheese Log to the Winchester-Clark County Tourism office for a FREE T-shirt! Become a Beer Cheese Ambassador by conquering all ten stops and receive a T-shirt, a “cheesy” award, and be entered into a drawing to become a Beer Cheese Festival Judge! Complete your Cheese Log at the Beer Cheese Festival and receive a specialty item!

Restaurants & Events on the Beer Cheese Trail

Woody’s Sports Bar & Grill
923 Bypass Road
859-744-1969

DJ’s Steakhouse
836 Bypass Road
859-737-9513

Cairn Coffee House
17 S. Main Street
859-737-2000

JK’s At Forest Grove
4636 Old Boonesboro Road
859-744-4444

Blue Isle Home-Style Restaurant
410 Boone Avenue
859-385-4488

Gaunce’s Deli & Café
845 Bypass Road
859-744-8664

Full Circle Market
240 Redwing Drive
859-744-3008

Beer Cheese Festival
Downtown Winchester
2nd Saturday of June

Loma’s at the Opera House
103 South Main Street
859-745-2716

Hall’s On The River
1225 Athens-Boonesboro Road
859-527-6620

Frequently Asked Questions about the Beer Cheese Trail

Where can I pick up my Cheese Log? 
Cheese Logs are available at all participating restaurants and the annual Beer Cheese Festival held each June.

What if I am just missing one stamp because a restaurant was closed? 
Prizes will not be given for incomplete Cheese Logs. Each restaurant has varying hours and open days. Please check the hours before you start your tasting adventure!

Where does the trail start? 
Wherever you choose! The trail is self-guided. Be sure to check the hours of operation for participating restaurants as hours vary and some are only open for lunch.

What qualifies to have my Cheese Log stamped?  
The purchase of a traditional relish tray or a specialty dish featuring beer cheese at one of the participating stops enables you to receive a stamp at the location. Only one stamp per beer cheese item is eligible per Cheese Log.

Are Beer Cheese Trail Shirts available for purchase? 
No

Can each member of my family redeem their Cheese Log for a prize? 
Yes, however we do not provide children’s t-shirt sizes at this time.

Can I bring my friends Cheese Log and pick up their t-shirt?  
Yes, as long as you bring in the completed Cheese Log.

Is there a deadline to turn in my Cheese Log?  
No. Prizes are limited to stock on hand.

Can I redeem my Cheese Log and receive my prize by mail?  
Yes. Please include your completed Log, including mailing address and mail to:
Winchester-Clark County Tourism
2 South Maple Street
Winchester, KY 40391

Do I receive anything for a partially completed Cheese Log? 
No

Does it matter what order I receive my stamps in? 
No

What if no one is at the Tourism Office to collect my completed Cheese Log? 
Due to a small staff and numerous events the office is unmanned at times during traditional business hours (M-F 8:00 to 5:00) and is closed weekends.  Should you attempt to return your Cheese Log and the office is closed you may leave your Cheese Log in the “Cheese Log Box” and your prize will be mailed to you FREE of charge.

What is a Beer Cheese Ambassador?  
A zealous Beer Cheese enthusiast who completes all eight stops on the trail!  You will be awarded a certificate, t-shirt and your name will be entered in a drawing to serve as a Beer Cheese Festival Judge.

What is the Beer Cheese Festival? 
A Beer Cheese Lovers Paradise!  The Beer Cheese Festival is the only place on earth where you can sample unlimited quantities of Beer Cheese from all across the country.  It is the largest collection of Beer Cheese vendors in one space!  Delicious!

When is the Beer Cheese Festival? 
The festival is typically held the 2nd Saturday in June in lovely downtown Winchester!