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Mint Julep Tours Announces October Chuck Cowdery VIP Bourbon & History Tour Experience

We’re proud to announce the details and information for the Chuck Cowdery VIP Bourbon & History Tour Experience. Chuck is your personal tour guide for this 3-day bourbon adventure that is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Chuck Cowdery is an internationally renowned whiskey writer, specializing in American whiskey. He is a Kentucky Coloniel and a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. He’s the author of Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey (2004) and the producer/director of “Made and Bottled in Kentucky” (1992). He is a regular contributor to Whisky Advocate Magazine and WHISKY Magazine, as well as the editor and publisher of The Bourbon Country Reader. More information on Chuck and some great bourbon talk can be found on his blog at http://www.chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/.

The three day adventure starts on Wednesday at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse with an exclusive behind the scenes tour and tasting with Freddie Noe, 8th generation Beam. You’ll enjoy an authentic Kentucky southern style lunch and then head to the Oscar Gratz Museum of Whiskey History. The day concludes with a VIP tour of Maker’s Mark Distillery with Bill Samuels Jr., son of Maker’s Mark founder. This exclusive Maker’s experience culminates with cocktails, appetizers and the opportunity to dip your own bottle in a barrel warehouse under the Chihuly blown glass art ceiling.

Your experience continues Thursday with a tour of the famous Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory which is where bourbon ball chocolate candies were invented. You’ll then head to Woodford Reserve Distillery for a tour and tasting before lunch. After lunch it’s off to Versailles Cemetery to visit the grave of Dr. James C. Crow and then finish the day with a visit to the Woodford County Historical Society & Museum and some quality bourbon shopping with Chuck.

Friday kicks off with a tour of the Brown-Forman Campus and Barrel Cooperage before you take a break for a BBQ lunch. After lunch you’ll head to Churchill Downs for a tour of exclusive areas and a tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum. The day wraps up with with a visit and tour of Vendome Copper & Brass Works who have been building stills on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville for more than 100 years.

This 3 day bourbon adventure runs from October 15th – 17th and the cost is $599 per person which includes all your transportation, admissions, appetizers, lunches, a bourbon tasting with Chuck and an autographed copy of his book. There are only 20 spots available and you must book by September 1st. Reserve your spot today by calling Mint Julep Tours at 502-583-1433 or sending an email to chasta@mintjuleptours.com. More information and a flyer for the tour can be found at http://bourbontrailtours.com/Exclusive-Experiences.html

Makers Mark® & Mint Julep Tours Team Up to offer Ultra Exclusive Access To Distillery

You may have been on a Maker’s Mark® tour, but you have never seen the distillery like this. Mint Julep Tours and the world-famous Bourbon Brand have joined forces to allow you to “Experience the Maker.”

Beginning June 27th Mint Julep Tours is offering an exclusive PRIVATE tour of Makers Mark Distillery. Guests will hop aboard a customized Mint Julep Tours vehicle and be transported to the picturesque distillery for an evening of exceptional adventure. When the tours end at Maker’s Mark®, the doors will open only to you to experience the Bourbon Mecca after hours.

“The Maker’s Mark After Hours event brings a whole new meaning to the bourbon experience at this historic distillery. We are thrilled to partner with a bourbon legend and offer these events through Mint Julep Tours,” said Sean Higgins, Chief Fun Officer at Mint Julep Tours.

Guests will enjoy a guided tour showcasing the bourbon making process, from grain to bottle. The night will be complete with a tasting with Maker’s Mark® inspired cocktails and southern style appetizers under the “Spirit of the Maker,” a new hand-blown glass ceiling by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly.  

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Mint Julep Tours to open our doors after hours for those Ambassador’s and fans of Makers Mark that wish to have an exclusive experience. To enjoy our distillery in this private and relaxing manner is something we are excited to share,” said Sydina H. Bradshaw, Director of Visitor Relations with Makers Mark®.

Guests can also dip their own bottle and enjoy a private shopping experience. Tickets start at $179 a person and dates are limited. The tour is open June 27th, July 25th, August 29th, September 19th, October 3rd and November 7th. Book now to reserve your spot exclusively through Mint Julep Tours at http://bourbontrailtours.com/Makers-Mark:–After-Dark-Experience.html

Mint Julep Tours Announces the Launch of Louisville City Tours

After more than 6 exciting years, Mint Julep Tours and Transportation will enrich it’s offerings into the area it knows best – the City of Louisville. Mint Julep will now offer 2 tours showcasing the city and highlighting the places that make the Derby City unique. They have affectionately named these tours the “Horses and Hooch” Tours. These tours will be available with advanced on-line purchasing at MintJulepTours.com.

What better way to discover the City of Louisville’s incredible sights and historical attractions than by letting Mint Julep Tour guides introduce you to the home of bourbon, horses, and the history of America’s 16th largest city, featuring The Cast Iron District, Whiskey Row and the largest Victorian Neighborhood in America. As a culmination of each tour they will take their guests to either the Kentucky Derby Museum or local distillery for a tour and tasting.  

Choose from the following 2 guided city tours:

Guided City Tour & the Kentucky Derby Museum: 
9am-12noon – offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Sunday

Enjoy a guided tour of the city, highlighting the Falls of the Ohio, Whiskey Row, Cast Iron District, NuLu, Louisville Slugger Museum, Museum Row featuring the Muhammad Ali Center, Victorian Homes in Old Louisville, Waterfront Park and see the historic Vendome Brass and Copper Company which makes the worlds copper stills in our hometown. This three-hour tour experience includes a visit to The Kentucky Derby Museum and tour of Churchill Downs (home of the most famous horse race in America – the Kentucky Derby).

Guided City Tour & visit a local distilling operation and  tasting: 
1pm-4pm – offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Sunday

This tour includes a guided city tour highlighting the Falls of the Ohio, Whiskey Row, Cast Iron District, NuLu, Louisville Slugger Museum, Museum Row featuring the Muhammad Ali Center, Victorian Homes in Old Louisville, Waterfront Park and see the historic Vendome Brass and Copper Company which makes the worlds copper stills in our hometown. This three-hour tour culminates with an additional excursion to a local operating distillery.  Visitors will tour, taste and witness the full process of manufacturing distilled spirits during this part of their experience.

“Having been in love with Louisville and all that makes it such a special place most of my life, we are excited to be able to open the eyes of others to the beauty of the place we call home,” said Chief Fun Officer of Mint Julep Tours, Sean Higgins. “Whether it’s your first time to Louisville or you grew up here, we promise you will see another side of the city and make you fall in love with it. There is no better way to showcase this great town than to culminate our tours with two of our historical industries”.

“With 12.7 million visitors coming to town every year, Louisville continues to grow as a top tourism destination. What better way to get a taste of the city’s top attractions than being able to start your visit with a Mint Julep City Tour,” says Stacey Yates, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Purpose of Fun is to have some, so come enjoy the Mint Julep Tours Experience!

Mint Julep Tours Announces Exclusive Touring Partnership with Vendome Copper & Brass Works

Louisville-based Tour, Transportation & Event Company announces exclusive tour experience with Vendome Copper & Brass Works, in Louisville, Ky.

Mint Julep Tours & Transportation is excited to announce this launch of an exclusive touring opportunity with Vendome Copper & Brass Works. 

Vendome Copper & Brass Works has been building copper stills on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville for more than 110 years.  Vendome is one of only a few copper fabricators world-wide, who make copper stills for the distillation industry.  Vendome is also recognized as a major supplier of vessels and processing equipment to the chemical, pharmaceutical, confectionery, food, dairy and brewing industries.Vendome

Bourbon is booming and the boom in craft distilling is keeping this fourth-generation family owned company busier than ever. 

The great bourbons, whiskies and moonshines of the world all have one thing in common: they were created in copper stills.  Mint Julep and Vendome are very excited to showcase the craft and let the public see first hand how the art of copper stills impact the bourbon industry.

“We are honored to have been selected by the Sherman family allowing bourbon enthusiasts to witness this age old process of manufacturing copper stills,” said Sean Higgins, Chief Fun Officer at Mint Julep Tours. “This allows Mint Julep Tours, for the first time, to offer a tour of the entire unique process of bourbon making for bourbon enthusiasts; touring Kentucky manufacturers’ of copper stills, barrels and bourbon whiskey.  It’s an experience of a lifetime and we are very proud to be trusted with this honor.”

This will be the first time the public, with the help of Mint Julep Tours, will be able to see the handmade process that is so essential to the world of Bourbon making.  This really completes the bourbon experience, giving you the 360 degree experience from grain to glass.  Vendome is one of Louisville’s most successful family-owned businesses, and the bourbon boom is placing its products all over the world, said Sean Higgins, Chief Fun Officer at Mint Julep Tours.

“We have been building copper stills since the early 1900’s and our facilities tell the story of our history in Louisville,” said Michael C. Sherman, Vice President of Vendome Copper & Brass.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Mint Julep Tours to give visitors an insiders view of beginning of the bourbon making process,”

Mint Julep Tours will offer several tour options with the full facility tour being offered by reservation only.

NOTE: A Media Tour will be available May 14 at 10 a.m. Please RSVP to erin@inmodemarketing.com. However if you would like to tour the facilities before then let us know, we are happy to accommodate.

ABOUT MINT JULEP TOURS – Mint Julep Tours is a Louisville-based tour, transportation and event planning company with a mission statement that represents the primary purpose of the company: “The purpose of fun is to have some”. Tours include: The City of Louisville, Private Horse Farms, Bourbon Distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and special customized corporate outings and events. Specialty horse and bourbon-related gifts are available at the Mint Julep Tours retail store inside the Galt House, Rivue Tower at 140 North 4th Street Suite 326, Louisville, KY 40202.

For more information, visit: www.mintjuleptours.com, call 502-583-1433 or email info@mintjuleptours.com. 

Hot tips on Bourbon, Mint Julep’s, and the Kentucky Derby!

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There are only 9 days left till the 140th running of The Kentucky Derby.  We thought we would cover a few tips to get you off an running.

Plan out your Derby week with some hot tips below:


I’m in town for the Kentucky Derby, and I want to see the beautiful countryside and take a bourbon tour.  

What are my options? 

Funny you ask, as we are the #1 Activity in Louisville providing Bourbon Tours, Horse Farm Tours, and other exciting custom experiences.  We have a special line up for Derby week.  Check out our list of tours here.  We do have a few spots left, so call today 502-583-1433 Ext. 101 and speak with Chasta or you can book online here.

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 What’s a unique derby week activity? 

Dawn at the Downs  7:00 a.m – 9:00 a.m.

Dawn at the Downs is a popular Louisville tradition giving visitors an opportunity to enjoy breakfast inMillionaires Row while watching the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts.  From Millionaires Row 4, a host will announce the horses on the track, discuss the contenders’ past performances and provide insight to the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby races.  Morning workouts will show on the television monitors and the announcements will be heard throughout the track. The Dawn at the Downs buffet will be served from 7:00 AM through 8:30 AM.

For reservations & information for seating in Millionaires Row 4, please call 502-636-4893 or 502-636-4892 for availability, or purchase tickets here.

Dawn at the Downs will take place on Tuesday, April 29th; Wednesday, April 30th and Thursday, May 1st.

Click Here to View the Dawn at the Downs Buffet Menu


 What horses are racing?

Meet the list of contenders for the 140th Kentucky Derby here.


What to wear?

Not only should you be getting your Derby attire lined up with suits, bow ties, colorful socks, and of course for all the ladies, a spectacular hat.  Ladies, check out what to wear here!  Gents here!


 What can I take into the track?

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Churchill Downs officials are battening down the hatches. See their What To Know page for the latest, but worth noting:

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Where do I park?

Parking is at premium around the track.  If you want to park close, regulars park in and around the yards of homes around the track.

If you want to park away from the track, and ride in on a public TARC bus, there are also options to do that as well.  Check out the parking tips here.

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Stars, Stripes & Bourbon!

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****4th of July**** – Public Bourbon East Tour

(Town Branch Distillery, Alltech Brewing, & Buffalo Trace Distillery)

(Departs (8:15am)

$99.00

 

Get ready for a full day of bourbon to toast America’s Native Spirit.  This tour includes 2 guided tours & tastings at Town Branch Distillery, Alltech Brewing, and Buffalo Trace Distillery.   $99/person, plus lunch & admissions.  Departs promptly at 8:15am.

Click here to book now!

Maker’s Mark After Dark Exclusive Experience

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A unique opportunity to tour the picturesque distillery after hours

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the distillery, showcasing the bourbon making process, from grain to bottle

Experience a specialiezed bourbon tasting inside a warehouse, underneath the stunning, hand-blown glass ceiling by world renowned artist, Dale Chihuly

Enjoy Maker’s Mark inspired cocktails and southern style appetizers

Hand-dip your very own bottle of Maker’s Mark in the signature red wax to take home as a souvenir

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Offered in 2014:

May 23rd

June 27th

July 25th

August 29th

September 19th

October 3rd

November 7th

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To start your Maker’s After Dark Experience,

send us your request here!

Introducing the 2nd Chuck Cowdery VIP Tour Experience

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Exclusive offering through Mint Julep Tours!

Join us and Chuck on June 11th-13th, on another VIP Tour Experience.

Join Chuck Cowdery and Mint Julep Tours for an exclusive 3-day tour of Kentucky’s bourbon country.  Chuck will be your guide on the bus and we’ll traverse some very exclusive spots in and around bourbon country.

The inaugural tour in March sold out very quickly, so make sure you book your spot ASAP.  To book, or for any questions, call Josh Dugan at 502-583-1433, ext 107, or email him at josh@mintjuleptours.com.  Full pdf here:  chuck cowdery flyer june 11-12-13

Don’t wait, because we have just 20 places in the tour.

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Secrets of Louisville Chefs team partners with Mint Julep Tours & Bourbon Barrel Foods

Partnership to bring new experience for viewers this Spring

Now in its 11th year, Secrets of Louisville Chefs is partnering with Bourbon Barrel Foods and Mint Julep Tours to give the show a new look and feel; and to give viewers a brand new foodie experience.

The show has moved its production to the new Kitchen Studio at Bourbon Barrel Foods in front of a live audience.    The show will be taped in a bistro-like setting which is limited to 24 guests.  Each taping includes two episodes with two different top local chefs.  Guests will get an up-close and personal view of the cooking action, and they will get to sample the creations of the chefs immediately following the show. Tickets for the show are $50 and will be exclusively sold through Mint Julep Tours online: http://mintjuleptours.com beginning today.

In addition, Mint Julep tours hopes to extend the experience for viewers who purchase tickets to the show by offering tours of distilleries, a mixology course, and tours of local farms where featured chefs grow fresh foods.  Other packages and touring options will be available this summer.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Secrets of Louisville Chef’s team and Bourbon Barrel Foods to bring local foods into a new culinary experience,” said Sean Higgins, Chief Fun Officer at Mint Julep Tours, “we are also excited about the opportunity this brings to offer culinary tourism to the Louisville community and we will be expanding on this focus in the coming months.”

Tim Laird and Kevin Harned are the hosts of Secrets of Louisville Chefs.  The popular TV series airs on WAVE-3 at 11am on Sundays and on WBNA-21 at 6pm weeknights.  Episodes are also available for viewing on line 24/7 at NewLocalTV.com.

“The gorgeous new state-of-the-art Kitchen Studio at Bourbon Barrel Foods will allow us to upgrade the Secrets of Louisville Chefs on-air product, as well as the studio audience experience,” said Dan Davidsaver, Associate Producer. “We can’t wait to turn on the burners and get cooking!” 

Upcoming tapings are scheduled for May 10: featuring Gary’s on Spring chef, Harold Baker, and Jeff Bridges from Bourbons Bistro; and June 7: featuring the chef from Brasserie Provence and another amazing local chef to be announced at a later date.

Bourbon Barrel Foods and Kitchen Studio are located in the historic Butchertown Market (1201 Story Avenue Suite 175), a Louisville landmark.

  ABOUT MINT JULEP TOURS – Mint Julep Tours is a Louisville-based tour, transportation and event planning company with a mission statement that represents the primary purpose of the company: “The purpose of fun is to have some”. Tours include: The City of Louisville, private horse farms, bourbon distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and special customized corporate outings and events. Specialty horse and bourbon related gifts are available at the Mint Julep Tours retail store inside the Galt House, Rivue Tower at 140 North 4th Street Suite 326, Louisville, KY 40202. For more information, visit: www.mintjuleptours.com, call 502-583-1433 or email info@mintjuleptours.com.  Follow Mint Julep on Twitter: @MintJulepTours, Facebook or YouTube

Want to learn the Secrets of Louisville Chefs? Find out here!

We’re here to let you in on a secret no more.  

Mint Julep Tours has partnered with Secrets of Louisville Chefs to become the exclusive ticket provider to the Secrets of Louisville Chefs live tapings.  

Come be a part of the studio audience with Mint Julep Tours!

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Join Kevin Harned and Tim Laird as top local chefs appear in front of a live studio audience in the Secrets Kitchen Studio at Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, Kentucky.  

Learn the secrets to making the most popular dishes from Louisville’s favorite restaurants.  Also get the latest cocktail recipes from Chief Entertaining Officer, Tim Laird.

Tickets exclusively through us here at Mint Julep Tours.  We’re in Kitchen Studio at Bourbon Barrel Foods, so come join us!