Louisville Sightseeing Tour Skyline View

New Louisville sightseeing tours start Aug. 18

Whether you’re a hometown tourist or experiencing Louisville for the first time, there’s so much to learn and so many places to see in Louisville. Guests on our new Louisville sightseeing tours will explore the Derby City’s history and future. Each half-day, four-hour urban adventure travels past more than 50 local sites and tourist attractions including one featured bonus stop! 

 

Louisville Sightseeing Tour Route

Louisville Skyline Photo from Louisville Sightseeing TourFirst you’ll start in downtown Louisville at the Galt House Hotel in one of Mint Julep Tours’ comfortable vehicles. An expert tour leader will guide your experience as you ride across the bridge to Southern Indiana for the best Louisville skyline view. After a quick photo stop, you’ll drive past Falls of the Ohio State Park learning its place in Louisville’s early settlement. Back over the bridge in Kentucky, your Louisville sightseeing tour travels down Museum Row where you’ll see a massive gold David statue outside award-winning hotel 21c and the world’s largest baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory.

Riding through downtown Louisville, your tour leader will point out landmarks of famous Kentuckians like Muhammad Ali. Old Louisville’s stunning historic homes and beautiful St. James Court are up next with another stop to capture photos. As you go through University of Louisville’s campus, you’ll learn fun facts about its history and plans for the future. Driving past legendary race track Churchill Downs, you’ll hear about famous race horses and stories of the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby. 

Winding around various neighborhoods of Louisville, look out for colorful new murals and faded hand-painted signs of yesterday. Finally, through hip neighborhoods like the Highlands, NuLu and Butchertown, you’ll view how Louisville is changing and expanding before returning back to the Galt House Hotel.

Featured Stops

Every Louisville sightseeing tour includes one featured stop.

Bourbon Chocolate Truffles from Art EatablesOn Thursday and Friday tours, you’ll visit Art Eatables. This fabulous locally-owned chocolate shop specializes in using bourbon to make sweets. Guests will find out the many ways whiskey can be utilized while cooking with a tasting and sensory experience. Samples may include bourbon-chocolate ganache, bourbon-infused caramel or moonshine truffles. 

On Sunday tours, you’ll visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. You’ll have time to wander through exhibits and watch a 360-degree Kentucky Derby video. Your visit also includes a walking tour of Churchill Downs race track for even more great historic insight. 

Discover Derby City

Ready to learn about Louisville tourism? Book a sightseeing tour online or call 502-583-1433 today. Upcoming tours are available August through November on select Thursday, Friday and Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Pair your Louisville sightseeing tour with a beer tour for a fantastic full-day of fun. 

Tours depart from the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville at 9:30 a.m. Guests should arrive 15 prior to departure time. The cost is $59 per person and includes guided transportation and one featured stop.

 
Louisville Beer Tour Sample Flight

New Louisville Beer Tour “Brew in the Lou” Planned for July 2

NOTE: This event has passed. Brewery tours are available through any Mint Julep Tours customized experience. Call 502-583-1433 or Contact Us today for more information.

The craft beer movement is alive and well in Louisville. 

Brewmasters are making beer that’s innovative, interesting, and sometimes a little off-the-wall right here in our hometown. Our specialty is bringing the best of the Bluegrass to you, so we at Mint Julep Tours put together a brand new beer tour called Brew in the Lou to three of Louisville’s best breweries.

Here’s a little about each one:

Against the Grain

Against the Grain Beer ProductionThis brewer-owned and operated brewery started serving unique and interesting beer in 2011. Since then, Against the Grain has gained national appeal for highly-sought-after releases like their annual Bo & Luke bourbon barrel-aged stout and distinctively designed canned offerings. Their beers run the gamut from classic to a bit crazy with 6+ drafts available daily in their downtown taproom. Mint Julep Tours’ Brew in the Lou beer tour will take you to their rarely-seen production facility in Louisville’s west end where ATG’s mad scientists make the magic happen.

Great Flood

New kids on the block Great Flood Brewing opened their Louisville taproom in 2014 and have quickly made a name for themselves in the local beer scene. What started as a trio of home brewers has grown to a dynamic beer business. In pursuit of the perfect pint, the team at Great Flood crafts scratch-made beers on draft at their Highlands taproom. Brew in the Lou guests will go behind-the-scenes with the brews to see their hands-on process and taste its rewards.

Falls City

Falls City BreweryOne of the most recognizable names in Louisville beer is Falls City. Originally opened in the early 1900s, Falls City Brewing Co. was recently revived for the modern drinker. They offer their take on old Falls City recipes as well as forward-thinking IPAs and beyond. Brew in the Lou will take you to their taproom and brewery to see how they merge the old and the new.

Brew in the Lou is July 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. Want to join us on an urban beer adventure? Book your ticket for the beer bus online or call us at 502-583-1433 today. Interested in a private tour customized to your beer tastes? Contact us to book a custom experience.

Welcoming Louisville’s Angel’s Envy Distillery to The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ®

Welcoming Louisville’s Angel’s Envy Distillery to The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ®

Bourbon barrelhead of Angel's Envy bourbon whiskey by Louisville Distilling Co.On a recent Monday afternoon, reporters, camera crews, politicians and members of Kentucky’s bourbon industry all gathered on Main Street in downtown Louisville across the street from Slugger Field to celebrate another bourbon milestone. The excitement was palpable. For many, this was the first visit to the Angel’s Envy Distillery since it had opened for operation and tours late last year. It was hard to believe that this gorgeous distillery, the result of a $27 million dollar multi-year project, was the same massive building that had housed the empty shell of The Vermont American Tool Company for decades. The big news of the day was that Angel’s Envy had officially joined The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ® becoming the 10th member distillery to join since 1999.

Exterior photo of Angels Envy DistilleryMayor Greg Fischer took the podium and spoke enthusiastically of continuing to strengthen Louisville’s place as the gateway to The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ®. The distillery is the first new bourbon brand to join the program in over two years since The Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience came onboard in 2014. The announcement comes on the heels of yet another record year for attendance for distilleries. In 2016, visitors eager to take part in the modern bourbon boom logged over 1,000,000 stops at distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail ® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour ®. With the addition of an Angel’s Envy (and the expansion of the Bourbon Trail Passports to include another page eager for a stamp) that number that is likely to increase.

Personalize your bottle of Angels Envy at the distillery with custom engravingThe excitement for a permanent home for Angel’s Envy has been building for years. The massive facility underwent a long, enormous transformation that started with a groundbreaking by then Governor Steve Beshear in September 2013. But before that, the brand itself captured the attention of whiskey aficionados and casual sippers in 2011 when Angel’s Envy entered the market offering an intriguing industry first: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that had been finished in port wine barrels for several weeks. The stunning glass bottle curved like a pair of angel’s wings certainly helped capture some eyeballs as well. Today the distillery offers tours, tastings, a gift shop and a chance to take home a bottle of their Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Rye (uniquely finished in rum barrels) and Cask Strength Bourbon. As an added bonus, guests can even personalize their bourbon with a date, message or name engraved on the bottle. Finally, a whiskey named after you!

Barrels of bourbon at Angels Envy in LouisvilleA tour of Angel’s Envy takes you through a distillery that is modern, industrial and beautiful in its simplicity. Knowledgeable guides, many of whom have extensive experience with bourbon, proudly show off every step of the distilling process from the mash tanks, to the gorgeous Vendome still and the unique finishing room. Along the way, century-old walls are adorned with graphics regarding the art and science of distilling. The distillery is open for tours Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 AM (1:00 PM on Sundays) with the last tour at 4:00 PM. Note that tour groups are usually limited to a smaller size than other distilleries, so booking online in advance is requested. Like other stops on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ®, Angel’s Envy offers their own signature experience and unique take on America’s native spirit. And, of course, each tour ends with a guided tasting on the second-floor bar area. After all, what would a bourbon tour be without a bourbon tasting? As we enter a new era for Louisville distilleries not seen in over 95 years since the days before prohibition, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Wes Henderson summed up his new home on Main Street best: “I think we have a special place…as one of the only full production facilities downtown. But we’re just one piece of an incredible pie.”

As one of Kentucky’s top destination management company, Mint Julep Tours can create the perfect itinerary for your bourbon Adventure. A stop to Angel’s Envy can be added to any personal custom tour Call 502-583-1433 or visit us online today to begin planning your adventure and get more information on custom experiences

Written by Phil Kollin – Mint Julep Tours Driver & Guide 

Celebrate Brown Friday with a Mint Julep Tours Gift Certificate!

Celebrate Brown Friday with a Mint Julep Tours Gift Certificate!

Mint Julep Tours Gift Certificates

We’re putting our own bourbon spin on Black Friday with a special Brown Friday deal! On November 25th, with every Mint Julep Tours Gift Certificate purchased, we’re giving an extra 10% towards the value of your purchase! There are no promotional codes or coupons, once purchased we will update your gift certificate with an additional 10%.

Mint Julep Tours Gift certificates are ideal for the holidays, birthdays, or any special occasion. They can be purchased in any amount and are good towards Public Bourbon Tours, Exclusive Experiences, or any Custom Tour you can dream up!

You can purchase Gift Certificates online by clicking below!

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Mint Julep Tours Gift CertificatesPublic Bourbon Distillery Tours

Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of “America’s Native Spirit” as you travel through Bourbon Country visiting two historic bourbon distilleries for guided tours and tastings with a third stop for a tasting only!  We’ll also stop for a local lunch along the way. Tour departure times vary, prices ranges from $119 – $139 per person. Click below for more information.
Public Bourbon Tours

 

Mint Julep Tours Gift CertificatesCustom Tours
Whether it’s a Corporate Outing, Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Special Occasion, or VIP Transportation; you’ll work one-on-one with one of our Bourbon Country Tour Experts who will help you create a personalized itinerary that allows you to depart and travel privately with your guests. Mint Julep Tours enriches the experience with knowledgeable drivers, enthusiastic guides, and clean and comfortable vehicles. Click below for more information.
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Mint Julep Tours Gift CertificatesExclusive Experiences
Mint Julep offers some incredible Exclusive Experiences that you won’t find anywhere else! Whether it’s the Heaven & Evan Tour where guests receive tastings with Master Distiller’s as they pull straight from the barrel.  If culinary is your passion, then Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs is a must. This exciting opportunity let’s you be a part of the live studio audience for the taping of WAVE 3’s “Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs.” Click below for more information on these experiences and more!
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Give the gift of a Mint Julep Tour! Whether you’re traveling with us through Bourbon Country, or joining us for an Exclusive Experience; each tour we offer is created by our inspiration and commitment to sharing Kentucky traditions. We have a love and passion for Kentucky that we are excited to share!
 

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Toasting to Bourbon Pioneer George Garvin Brown on his Birthday

 

Toasting to Bourbon Pioneer George Garvin Brown on his Birthday

You probably won’t find too many parents who settle on “Garvin” when naming their children, but that name has a long history and a deep connection with bourbon lore. If you’ve ever enjoyed a single drop of straight bourbon whiskey in your life, you likely owe a bit of gratitude to George Garvin Brown – the man who is credited with revolutionizing the way Americans bought and consumed bourbon in the 1870s. 

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon bottleA bourbon innovation that was clear as glass.

George Garvin Brown celebrated a milestone birthday this past Friday – The big 170. Born in 1846, he was contemporaries with other notable historic figures born that year such as Buffalo Bill Cody, George Westinghouse and, ironically, radical temperance movement champion Carrie Nation. Of course, Brown is long gone, but whiskey aficionados celebrate his birthday every year. Before Brown came along, distillers sold their whiskey exclusively by the barrel. And since most weren’t keen on the idea of buying upwards of 40 gallons of alcohol at once, many consumers brought their own jugs from home to fill directly from retailer’s barrels. In order to extend supply, less-than-scrupulous saloons and bars were known to add everything from prune juice to tobacco spit to rattlesnake heads to help fill up the jugs. “Rectifying” barrels in this manner was a common practice that allowed retailers to achieve the ideal coloring and consistency without the cost of adding more bourbon.

At the time, George Garvin Brown was a young Louisville-based pharmaceutical salesman. Glass bottles for packaging were a recent innovation and Brown saw potential for whiskey to be sold in pharmacies across the nation next to other medicines. George had a novel idea. A forward thinking idea that would turn the world of whiskey on its head: Put bourbon exclusively into glass bottles. Sealed bottles would assure quality and, 35 years before Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”, it was among the first steps in making sure consumers knew exactly what they were taking home. With this innovation, Old Forester bourbon was born, and an iconic brand was launched.

The beginnings of the Louisville based distillery that’s still growing today

Soon after Brown’s innovation, he partnered with another George – his accountant George Forman – and established “Brown-Forman and Company” in 1870, just five years before the first running of The Kentucky Derby. Fast forward 146 years to today and Brown’s company is among the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies in the world- an incredibly impressive feat since the list of failed Kentucky bourbon distilleries over that time period reads like a laundry list of long lost whiskey brands.

Hometown Hero banner for G. Garvin Brown who created the first bottled bourbonFred Noe, Master Distiller of Jim Beam Brands, likes to joke that Kentucky is the land of four million people and ten last names. So it comes as no surprise that today you’ll find Brown’s descendants everywhere in the Bluegrass. Louisville’s Frazier History Museum was founded by Owsley Brown Frazier in 2004. And, just two blocks down Main Street, you’ll find the 21c Museum Hotel which is co-owned by Laura Lee Brown. In fact, the current Chairman of the Board of Directors at Brown-Forman is none other than George Garvin Brown IV – George’s great-great grandson.

Break out the cake, candles and rock glasses!

We celebrate Brown’s birthday in September pretty much the same way we celebrate a lot of things in Kentucky: with bourbon. For the last 15 years, Brown-Forman has released a beloved special edition of their flagship brand known as “Old Forester Birthday Bourbon.” The oddly shaped bottle has become a “must have” for whiskey lovers who sample, collect, and trade limited edition releases. Each batch is different, each year brings a unique offering, and each release has earned a reputation as being among the most elusive whiskey for those seeking to find it on liquor store shelves.

Mint julep statue with G. Garvin BrownThis year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon release was patiently aged for 12 years (three times as long as the standard Old Forester product) entirely on the 5th floor of a single warehouse. These barrels were filled and then placed near the windows of the warehouse allowing them to soak up the heat of the sun. Master Distiller Chris Morris expects roughly 14,500 bottles to be released. While this year’s release is a smidge larger than years past, The Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is relatively miniscule. It takes timing and luck to stumble across a bottle. Considering most of us are lucky to end up with a cupcake and an off-key serenading of “Happy Birthday”, that is one great way to celebrate a man’s birthday.

And, beyond limited bourbon releases, Brown-Forman continues to grow. Projected to open in late 2017 will be the newest edition to The Kentucky Bourbon Trail: A $45 million Old Forester Distillery located right on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row steps from where George Garvin Brown began the company. And Brown-Forman, makers of Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels, Early Times and several other liquor brands, is already planning a celebration for their 150th anniversary in 2020. Now, that looks to be a party that George Garvin Brown would approve of.

So, next time you find yourself near a glass of bourbon, raise it high for a well-deserved toast to the man who had the wherewithal to put all that pure bourbon into a convenient, glass bottle. And we also ask you to consider extending some overdue thanks by considering naming your next offspring “Garvin.” Cheers to George Garvin Brown!

Mint Julep Tours can arrange visits to Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve Distillery or Brown-Forman’s cooperage as part of any custom tour. Call 502-583-1433 or visit us online today to begin planning your adventure!