Louisville Beer Tour Taps

Additional dates for “Brew in the Lou” Louisville beer tour now open

After a popular first outing last month, Mint Julep Tour has added dates for the “Brew in the Lou” Louisville beer tour. Half-day brewery tour and tasting experiences are planned August through November 2017.

Louisville Beer Tour Sample FlightLouisville Beer Tour Stops

Go behind the scenes of Louisville’s growing beer scene on this fun and educational Louisville beer tour. Brewery destinations vary by date (see the schedule) but may include the following top spots.

 

Beer Tasting and Sensory Experiences

Each stop will include a guided tour of the brewer’s beer-making facility and a tasting flight. Hands-on sensory experiences like aromatic hops sampling and tactile grain lessons enhance the tour. Your enthusiastic brew guru be your leader to each stop filling in facts and history along the way. 

Take a Tour

Brew in the Lou Louisville beer tours depart from the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville select Thursday, Friday and Sundays. For scheduled dates and brewery destinations, shop online or call 502-583-1433. The cost is $79 per person, which includes three brewery tours with tasting flights, comfortable transportation, insight from a ‘brew guru,’ pretzel necklace and bottled water. Guests may bring additional alcoholic beverages on the bus in a cooler no larger than 12×12. Please drink responsibly. 

 

 

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.

 
Food Tour Group Dinner

Mint Julep Tours Launches Southern Supper Series of Spirited Food Tours

Biscuit at Louisville Food Tours

We love sharing the best of Kentucky with our guests. For the adventurous foodie, Mint Julep Tours has planned three unique progressive dinners this summer to Louisville’s best restaurants. Over our 9 years in the tourism business, we’ve made a ton of great connections with top chefs and we’re ready to share that with you!

Throughout the Southern Supper Series, guests will taste the best of the Derby City as they hop from plate to plate around town. Each of the food tours includes three stops for a themed dish expertly-crafted and paired with a cocktail. What’s the theme? Our favorite Southern foods! The first three events will revolve around fried chicken, biscuits and pickles – oh my!

Supporting locally-owned Louisville restaurants is an important part of our food tours. We hand-picked a variety of fantastic spots for each exclusive experience to ensure you can taste and see something new.

Chicken Fried – July 26

You’ll visit Silver Dollar, RYE on Market and River House for each chef’s take on real Kentucky fried chicken. 

Butter My Biscuit – Aug. 23

You’ll taste the best sweet and savory biscuits in the city from top chefs at Le Moo, Village Anchor and Picnic.

Gettin’ Pickled – Sept. 20

You’ll explore the best end-of-summer pickles (way more than just cucumbers) from chefs at Proof on Main, Eiderdown and Varanese.

Want to book your spot on the next Urban Adventure? Book tickets for the Southern Supper Series online or call us at 502-583-1433. Or plan custom food tours for your own private group by contacting us today.

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