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Cooperage Tours

See the life of a bourbon barrel

Your only way into the Brown-Forman Cooperage is with Mint Julep Experiences! See how coopers make the barrels for world-famous bourbon brands including Old Forester, Woodford Reserve and Coopers’ Craft.

This unforgettable look at the bourbon barrel-making process takes you through the cooperage where you’ll see barrels raised from start to finish. You’ll learn how the wood is prepped, watch as staves are carefully placed to form the barrel, and see the flames toast the inside to the perfect char level.

Your three ways inside the Brown-Forman Cooperage include a special elevated experience paired with distillery tours at Old Forester and Woodford Reserve, Wednesday morning and afternoon adventures honoring the coopers who make barrels for Coopers’ Craft and other popular brands, and the ability to add a visit to any custom tour.


Current offerings for Cooperage Tours


Trifecta Elevated Experience

Sept. 5, Oct. 24

Three great destinations in one high-end experience! See how bourbon barrels are made at the Brown-Forman Cooperage featuring Coopers' Craft, tour new urban distillery Old Forester Distilling Co. and then head to Versailles to picturesque Woodford Reserve Distillery!

Cost is $214 per person and includes guided transportation, exclusive private tours with premium tastings, lunch and a cocktail.

Tour departs at 9:30 a.m. Returns at 6:15 p.m.


Cooperage Adventure

Aug. 15, Oct. 17, Dec. 5

Travel from the Omni Louisville Hotel to one of the largest new barrel production facilities in the world, the Brown-Forman Cooperage. Here you will understand why Coopers' Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon pays tribute to the coopers who raise the barrels as you see every step of the process. You'll have a new appreciation for the craftsmanship and impact of a barrel by the end of the tour!

Cost is $75 per person and includes guided transportation and cooperage tour admission.

Tour departs at 9:30 a.m. Returns at 11:45 a.m.


Group Tour

Upgrade your bourbon excursion traveling privately to Brown-Forman Cooperage as part of a Mint Julep customized tour. Your only way into this awesome operation is with us! Explore the hands-on barrel making process and learn the ins and outs of how a good barrel makes great bourbon.

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