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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)



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


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  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: 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

“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:, call 502-583-1433 or email  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!



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Welcome.  Have a look around and see all the great new tours, experiences, info, and beyond.  We hope you get a little education in all things we love.  Here in Kentucky, the old saying goes, “Come as a friend… Leave as family!”  Pull up a chair and see all the fun we’re having at Mint Julep Tours.

Don’t forget to check out our social media channels in the upper right, as we post pictures and stories from all our adventures!  Cheers!

Last chance to enter Tweet to Win Contest!

We are in the home stretch. Less than 24 hours remain to enter our Post, Tweet, & Win contest for 2 tickets to The Filson Bourbon Academy with Michael Veach. Enter Now!

Tweet – Hey @mintjuleptours, I want to win #bourbonacademy tickets @theFilsonHS.

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Winner drawn feb. 21st

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Chocolate is nice, but Bourbon is better!

We have great ideas for your Man or Woman who loves bourbon! Chocolate is nice, but is better!

Top 10 list of Bourbon related goodies you can buy your bourbon man or woman.


10.  Mini oak bourbon barrel:  Age your own whiskey!  Check them out here.


9.  The Classic Glencairn Whisk(e)y Glass:  Perfect for the bourbon lover to enjoy their favorite liquid neat.  Find them on amazon.


8.  Bourbon Aged/Flavored Cooking Sauces from Bourbon Barrel Foods:  Bourbon Barrel Foods is a maker of gourmet food products that reflect the rich heritage of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, “The Napa Valley of the Bluegrass.”


7.  Bluegrass Bourbon Barrels:  Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel Displays is a company that takes whiskey barrels and customizes them into home decor. They have barrel stave coat racks, clocks made from barrel heads, and full bourbon barrels turned into tables and displays. You also get to choose the brand on your barrel. You can pick from Old Rip Van Winkle, Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, Willett, and a few more.


6.  Roly Poly Whiskey Glasses:  These hand blown whiskey glasses roll on their own without spilling a drop.


5.  A whiskey decanter with personalization.


4. Bourbon Marshmallows:  If you happen to be dating a bourbon drinker with a sweet tooth, you’re about to be very popular. Subtly infused with Maker’s Mark, these marshmallows from Wondermade are light, fluffy and highly addictive.


3.  Bourbon Swag:  Check out this tasty hat that we carry in our Mint Julep Tours Store, located on the 3rd floor of the Rivue Tower, The Galt House Hotel.


2.  Public Bourbon Tour from Mint Julep Tours:  Get ready for a full day of bourbon. This tour includes 2 guided tours & tastings at the finest Kentucky distilleries. $99/person, plus lunch & admissions.


1.  Jim Beam Super Premium Tour:  This exclusive Super Premium Tour option for whiskey lovers has never before been offered to the public.  Dive into an insider’s experience showcasing “all things whiskey, Beam style”.

Tour the American Still House, bourbon barrel dumping station and one of the largest barrel warehouses in the industry.  For you mixologists and culinary fans, we will host a private sampling of the Beam Brands with a Beam bourbon expert and then you’re off to experience a bourbon themed meal on the porch of the Knob Creek house on the scenic grounds surrounding the distillery. Other behind the scenes spots will be offered.Top off your experience with a commemorative etched bottle making it a collectable. Click here for more info.

Jim Beam® Super Premium Tour – Dates Announced


Back for 2014, the Jim Beam Super Premium dates are here.

Friday, February 14th
Friday, March 14th
Friday, April 25th
Friday, May 9th
Friday, June 13th
Friday, July 11th
Friday, August 15th
Oct- TBD
Friday, November 14th

This unique experience takes you behind the scenes at The Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY.  Dive into an insider’s experience showcasing “all things whiskey, Beam style”.  The highlight of this exclusive tour, a is private experience with theMaster Distiller Fred Noe, 7th generation Beam family member.

The quick-witted, sociable, and knowledgeable Fred Noe introduces people around the world to his family’s bourbons.  Fred’s stories of growing up on the distillery grounds are legendary, and people come in droves to see this real Kentucky bourbon legend talk about his family’s heritage.

Tour includes:

Tour the American Still House, bourbon barrel dumping station and one of the largest barrel warehouses in the industry.  For you mixologists and culinary fans, we will host a private sampling of the Beam Brands with a Beam bourbon expert and then you’re off to experience a bourbon themed meal on the porch of the Knob Creek house on the scenic grounds surrounding the distillery.  Other behind the scenes spots will be offered.Top off your experience with a commemorative etched bottle making it a collectable.

This experience is limited to select days and guests with a maximum of 20 people. Departure at 9am and return 3pm.

$199 per person. Click HERE to see the brochure!