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.

 
Bourbon Distillery Tour

New routes available for public Kentucky bourbon distillery tours

Your all-inclusive ticket to Bourbon Country just got better! Mint Julep Tours has expanded options for full-day public bourbon tours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Public Bourbon Tours

Jim Beam TourStarting July 21, additional routes are open to explore the Bourbon Country with Mint Julep Tours. Each day trip includes stops at three fine Kentucky distilleries, lunch at a locally-owned restaurant, all admissions and planning, and comfortable transportation with an enthusiastic tour leader. 

  • Thursday guests tour Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Heaven Hill.
  • Friday guests can chose to tour distilleries on one of two routes: Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey; or Maker’s Mark, Limestone Branch and Heaven Hill.
  • Saturday guests can chose to tour distilleries on one of two routes: Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Barton 1792; or Bulleit Frontier Experience, Town Branch and Barrel House.

On a Mint Julep Tours public bourbon tour, guests visit two distilleries for tours with tastings and one distillery for a tasting-only experience. Every stop includes a visit to the gift shop for your Kentucky souvenirs.

Your Mint Julep tour leader will guide your way giving insight into Kentucky’s rich distillery history, bourbon traditions and whiskey wisdom throughout the day. Each 8+ hour bourbon tour departs from the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. You’ll meet your Mint Julep Tours bus there and ride comfortably to each distillery and then returning to the Galt House that evening. Guests are welcome to bring their own coolers with snacks and beverages on the bus. Mint Julep Tours encourages you to drink responsibly.

3-Day Bourbon Country Adventures

You can even make it a three-day adventure to 9 different distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® in three consecutive days.

To book your next Kentucky bourbon tour, shop online or call us at 502-583-1433.

Chihuly at Maker's Mark

Maker’s Mark unveils stunning installations by artist Dale Chihuly

Massive glass art pieces by Dale Chihuly are now part of the distillery tour at Maker’s Mark. Unveiled this month at the Loretto, Kentucky distillery, six new pieces give an added bonus to the whisky maker’s popular bourbon tour.

Chihuly InstallationsChihuly at Maker's Mark

Six new brilliantly-colored glass formations are now on display at Maker’s Mark distillery. The exhibition lasts through October 2017. Inspired by “the Spirit of the Maker,” the new outdoor glass installations are mingled among the various warehouses and production facilities on the Maker’s Mark grounds.

The awe-inspiring combination of crafts – bourbon and art – is a must-see for anyone traveling to Kentucky between July and October 2017. 

Dale Chihuly is an American artist, designer and craftsman known for his site-specific architectural installations displayed around the world in museums, gardens, and now, distilleries. In the past 25 years, his work has been included in more than 250 museum collections.

SHOP PUBLIC TOURS TO MAKER’S MARK

Night Illuminations and Special Events

Maker’s Mark is also offering night tours where tour guests can see each Chihuly art work illuminated with light from 6 to 10 p.m. For an elevated evening, dinners at Star Hill Provisions are available Saturday evenings pairing a farm-to-table experience from chef Newman Miller with cocktails. 

Getting to Maker’s Mark

Guests should keep in mind that Maker’s Mark is about 90 minutes outside of Louisville. Tucked down winding country roads, it’s suggested that guests coordinate a safe ride to attend night events.

Mint Julep Tours can coordinate your trip for comfortable transportation without the hassle. To start your customized tour, contact us at 502-583-1433 or fill out our contact form and an experience coordinator will reach out to plan your Kentucky bourbon adventure!

CONTACT US TO CUSTOMIZE A TOUR TO MAKER’S MARK

 

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.