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.

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!

 

Vendome Copper & Brass Works – Crafting Custom Copper Stills for over 100 Years

Vendome Copper & Brass Works – Crafting custom copper stills for over 100 years

The smiling tour guide at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience stopped walking and gestured to a shining structure displayed prominently on the other side of the glass. “And this is our copper pot still,” she beamed proudly. “This critical component of our artisanal distillery can produce around a barrel of bourbon a day.” Her smile widened as her cheery tone took on just a hint of bragging. “And it was custom made just for us by the Vendome Company.” Similar scenes play out countless times across The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ® and beyond. One common name that you’ll find at more and more bourbon distilleries is the one that’s imprinted on the face of their stills, tanks and other distilling equipment: Louisville’s own Vendome Copper and Brass Works.

Vendome Copper & Brass WorksVendome’s headquarters and manufacturing facility is a sprawling urban set up that is surprisingly easy to miss. Located just two blocks off busy Main Street and less than 300 feet from Thomas Edison’s 1866 Kentucky residence, Vendome Corp’s five buildings sit snugly between a city skate park and an imposing Ohio River Flood Wall. The manufacturer is almost always bustling with activity these days. The sound of constant hammering, pounding, and grinding of various components echoes across the street, while workers sporting shirts with the logo “The Power of Our Stills” move swiftly from one building to another. Beneath the downtown skyline, an open garage offers a sneak peek to half a dozen gorgeous, new copper stills of various sizes that are in various stages of completion. Business at Vendome is indeed good.

Vendome StillBuilding in-demand gear is nothing new to Vendome. The company was formed by W. Elmore Sherman, Sr. at the turn of the last century and has been family owned and operated for well over a hundred years. Vendome has had their share of challenges over their long history including significant downturns in whiskey production, The Great Flood of 1937, and even Prohibition. Over time and with some perseverance, the Sherman family name has become just as familiar among Bourbon aficionados as other industry lineages like the Beams, Samuels, and Boswells of the Independent Stave Company. Vendome’s prolonged success can be attributed to their craftsmanship, flexibility and service. Every single still is custom designed; no job is too big and no craft distillery’s needs are too small. Customers can even choose one of three different finishes for their still including an acid clean, satin finish or a labor-intensive high-polished mirror finish for that perfect distillery tour shine. Beyond visual appeal, copper has been the preferred metal since the time of even the earliest whiskey distillers. The copper generates a chemical reaction between the mash and the metal which pulls out unwanted sulfates and Sulfur. Today, new stills are regularly being installed at distilleries across the country. When The Old Taylor Distillery outside of Versailles, KY needed new equipment last summer as part of its ongoing complete restoration, Master Distiller Marianne Barnes commissioned Vendome. The result? A massive 24-inch copper column still coupled with a 375-gallon copper doubler. Today, far beyond The Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Vendome’s copper stills can be found in Guatemala, Canada, Ireland and even Romania. And while Vendome may be best known for their stunning stills, the company also produces stainless steel fermenters, cookers, condensers, coolers, receiving tanks and more. It could be argued that Vendome can build just about everything you might need to start a distillery except the corn, rye, barley and yeast.

Vendome workerVendome’s roster of clients over the years reads like a who’s who in the world of Bourbon and American Whiskey: Michter’s, Evan Williams, Jim Beam, Angel’s Envy, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace just to name a few. Vendome’s customers further extend beyond alcohol to pharmaceutical companies, confectionary businesses and dairy operators. Today, the waiting list for a custom still may be close to a year. All of this has made Vendome one of the most in-demand brass and copper fabrication plants in the nation.

Next time you visit a bourbon distillery, be on the lookout for Vendome’s signature plaque on new and old gear. Beyond Kentucky’s beloved limestone filtered water and the charred oak barrels, one common element that an increasing number of distilleries are sharing is custom gear from Vendome Copper and Brass Works. And, just maybe, the robust copper construction and a century of craftsmanship could make the bourbon that ends up in the bottle taste a little bit better than others.

 

Vendome Brass and Copper Works is located at 729 East Franklin Street Louisville, KY 40202 and currently does not offer tours to the public. A visit to the exterior building of Vendome may be requested on a personalized, custom tour with Mint Julep Tours. Many of Vendome’s stills and other equipment can been viewed at distilleries on and off The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ®. Call 502-583-1433 or visit us online for more information and to book a tour today!

Maker’s Mark After Dark – June 12

Maker’s Mark® After Dark: A Perfect Father’s Day Gift and An Unforgettable Experience

Next Experience: June 12

Father’s Day is just around the corner, what better way to treat dad than a Maker’s Mark After Dark Exclusive Experience with Mint Julep Tours! Reserve your spot now by clicking here or give us a call at 502-583-1433!

2015 Maker's Mark After DarkThe “Maker’s Mark After Dark” is a unique opportunity for a private and exclusive behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the distillery. It’s the perfect complement to bachelor parties during this upcoming wedding season, a thoughtful Father’s Day present, or simply an escape from everyday life that anyone can enjoy. The only reason you need for attending is a thirst for Kentucky’s signature beverage!

Bourbon experts will explain and show your small group the bourbon making process from grain to bottle on your guided tour of the picturesque distillery. Then, you’ll enjoy specialized bourbon tastings before dipping your very own bottle in their signature red wax. The tour culminates with Maker’s Mark® inspired cocktails and southern style appetizers inside a barrel warehouse, underneath the stunning, hand-blown glass ceiling by world renowned artist Dale Chihuly.

The best part is, all you have to do is sit back and relax! Your friendly Mint Julep Tours driver and guide will await you at The Galt House Hotel Rivue Tower, 3rd Floor 140 N. 4th St. in Louisville, Kentucky 40202. The tours begin at 1:15pm and return back at 7:30pm, just in time for dinner.

Remaining 2015 dates: June 12, July 16, August 7, September 3, October 9, November 6.

ABOUT MINT JULEP TOURS – Mint Julep Tours is the only dedicated tour company focused on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Based in Louisville, Kentucky they offer Custom and Public Bourbon Distillery Tours as well as unique Exclusive Experiences, Horse Farm Tours, Culinary Tours, and Louisville City Tours. As a truly one-of-a-kind tour company, Mint Julep Tours also offers transportation and event planning services with a focus on Special Events, Corporate Outings and Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties. Specialty horse and bourbon-related gifts are available at the Mint Julep Tours retail store inside the Galt House on the third floor of the Rivue Tower at 140 North 4th Street Suite 326, Louisville, KY 40202. For more information, visit www.mintjuleptours.com, call 502-583-1433 or email info@mintjuleptours.com

Maker’s Mark® After Dark: May 21

Maker’s Mark® After Dark: An Unforgettable Experience for the Bourbon Lover
Next Experience: May 21

Louisville, KY, April 15, 2015 – Rising and falling temperatures are a key component of making bourbon, so there’s no better time to visit a distillery than during the changing of the seasons. Plan your goodbye to spring and make the most of the long summer days ahead by scheduling an exclusive experience at Makers Mark® for you and your fellow bourbon lovers.

The “Maker’s Mark After Dark” is a unique opportunity for a private and exclusive behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the distillery. It’s the perfect complement to bachelor parties during this upcoming wedding season, a thoughtful Father’s Day present, or simply an escape from everyday life that anyone can enjoy. The only reason you need for attending is a thirst for Kentucky’s signature beverage!

Bourbon experts will explain and show your small group the bourbon making process from grain to bottle on your guided tour of the picturesque distillery. Then, you’ll enjoy specialized bourbon tastings before dipping your very own bottle in their signature red wax. The tour culminates with Maker’s Mark® inspired cocktails and southern style appetizers inside a barrel warehouse, underneath the stunning, hand-blown glass ceiling by world renowned artist Dale Chihuly.

2015 dates are as follows: May 21, June 12, July 16, August 7, September 3, October 9 and November 6.

The best part is, all you have to do is sit back and relax! Your friendly Mint Julep Tours driver and guide will await you at The Galt House Hotel Rivue Tower, 3rd Floor 140 N. 4th St. in Louisville, Kentucky 40202. The tours begin at 1:15pm and return back at 7:30pm, just in time for dinner. Reserve your spot now, exclusively through Mint Julep Tours at http://bourbontrailtours.com/Makers-Mark:–After-Dark-Experience.html.

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ABOUT MINT JULEP TOURS – Mint Julep Tours is the only dedicated tour company focused on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.  Based in Louisville, Kentucky they offer Custom and Public Bourbon Distillery Tours as well as unique Exclusive Experiences, Horse Farm Tours, Culinary Tours, and Louisville City Tours. As a truly one-of-a-kind tour company, Mint Julep Tours also offers transportation and event planning services with a focus on Special Events, Corporate Outings and Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties. Specialty horse and bourbon-related gifts are available at the Mint Julep Tours retail store inside the Galt House on the third floor of the Rivue Tower at 140 North 4th Street Suite 326, Louisville, KY 40202.

For more information, visit www.mintjuleptours.com, call 502-583-1433 or email info@mintjuleptours.com