No time to commit to a full day of bourbon distilleries during your Kentucky vacation? Mint Julep Experiences has added two Urban Adventures each Thursday from June through October for quick trips of Louisville distillery tours.
These three-hour experiences go to two of our most-requested Louisville bourbon destinations. Join the tour for $65 per person – which includes guided transportation with expert insight from a trained bourbon tour guide, one distillery tour and tasting, and bottled water.
Book your Louisville urban adventure on our website or call 502-583-1433 today.
New Louisville Bourbon Tours
Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Meet at the Mint Julep Gift Shop in the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville (140 N. 4th St.) to start your morning tour to Kentucky Artisan Distillery. Available each Thursday at 9:15 a.m., this half-day outing travels from the Galt House east to the contract distillery known for several famous brands.
Kentucky Artisan Distillery is best known as the home of Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon. The craft contract distiller also produces Whiskey Row Bourbon, which is only available in Kentucky, and Highspire Rye Whiskey, which is aged in red wine barrels. Tours of the distillery include a walk through the still room and bottling line. You’ll learn about innovative distilling and aging processes, like Jefferson’s Ocean project where bourbon is aged at sea.
Your bourbon tour ends with a tasting of Kentucky Artisan products, which may include various expressions of Jefferson’s bourbon and other housemade whiskeys. You’ll then head back to Louisville returning to the Galt House by 12:15 p.m. to enjoy the rest of your day in the Derby City!
Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller Distillery
For an afternoon experience, hop on our Urban Adventure to Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience departing at 1:45 p.m. You’ll venture south of the city to the historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery site for their whiskey experience. On your Bulleit tour, you’ll learn about the past, present and future of the family of whiskeys. Walk through a barrel house, Tom Bulleit’s office, a micro still-house and their cooper shop during your visit. This is also the current home of Orphan Barrel, Blade & Bow and I.W. Harper brands.
Stitzel-Weller Distillery first opened in the 1930s by Julian Van Winkle Sr. (known as Pappy Van Winkle) and partners. Between 1934 and 1972, popular brands like W.L. Weller, Old Fitzgerald, Pappy Van Winkle and Rebel Yell were produced there. The site was unused and closed to the public for many years until distilling resumed and tours started in 2014.
You’ll finish with a tasting of Bulleit portfolio bourbon and whiskeys. Then, head back with the tour bus group to the Galt House just in time for your evening in the Louisville. You’ll return by 4:15 p.m. with plenty of time to enjoy your stay.
Make It A Double! Do Both Urban Adventures & Save
Want to do both? Join Mint Julep Experiences for Kentucky Artisan and Bulleit urban adventures in one day and ‘make it a double!’ You’ll save $5 per person by booking the duo. Grab lunch near the Galt House Hotel in between on your own to make for the perfect Louisville day. Stick with the urban theme and hit the Urban Bourbon Trail® bars and restaurants in our guide!
About the Author – Rachel Nix
Rachel Nix has been Director of Marketing at Mint Julep since 2017. Her extensive bourbon education includes becoming an Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stave & Thief Society and graduating from Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon Academy. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and enthusiastic advocate for her adopted hometown of Louisville. When she’s not promoting Mint Julep’s portfolio of southern experiences, she can be found walking her dog or enjoying a drink on a Germantown patio.