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Independent Stave Company - Kentucky Cooperage

712 Danville Highway, Lebanon, KY 40033-1700
(270) 692-4674
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Ranked #3 of 5 attractions in Lebanon
Type: Factory Tours
Most recent review
- Aug 16, 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We saw a sign for this place when we were leaving the Maker's Mark property so we decided to take a detour to check it out. About halfway there, we had to stop to ask for directions because there were no signs along the way. Unfortunately, once we arrived it was closed with a note on the door indicating it... More

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Port Charlotte FL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Loved walking in the factory and watching how they make the barrels, very interesting. First you see a movie on how they are made, then you go thru the factory to see how it is actually made.

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Fort Smith, AR
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place and one in Lebanon, Missouri are the only places that make barrels for bourbon distillers in America. There are two tours each day, at 9:30am and 1:00pm. The tour is free and takes less than an hour. Tourists must wear closed-toed shoes and sign a release. We were given headsets and safety glasses. Most parts of the tour... More

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Southaven, Mississippi
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We took the morning tour a few days ago. Lisa was our tour guide, Eric and Jacob also helped out. Everyone was friendly and helpful. It's not quite what I expected. Loud, hot, and chaotic. Where I once thought barrel-making was kind of romantic and historic, after seeing this facility, I saw that the men who work here are tough... More

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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is definitely the place to start the KY Bourbon Trail. This tour shows how it all begins. Our Tour Guide Lisa, could not have been better. She took time with us and answered all of our questions. It was great being so close to the charred barrels that we even left with a slight smell of oak on our... More

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Marion, Indiana
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

we had Lisa as a tour guide.. and she was rude the moment we met up and continued to be rude and quick with the tour.. my wife tried asking questions and she just blew her off..

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Shelby, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

A good tour to see barrels being made a lot of pride goes in each. Line employees were helpful in answering questions. You get so close you will smell like wood. This is good.

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Lebanon, Kentucky
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Interesting tour. The labor involved and skill exhibited in construction is pretty cool. The charring is not cool-cool, but it is 'cool'. To see the work going into the barrels and knowing the relevance of them makes the tour worth the time.

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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Very informative tour on how the barrels that the bourbon ages in are made. Recommend you visit if you have the time. You will learn about the barrel making process and get to see it in action. Tours are offered twice daily (9:30 am and 1:00 pm) and are free. You need to have closed toe shoes. The only unfortunate... More

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Salt Lick, Kentucky, United States
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23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

When we first arrived the tour area was not defined. Confusing. We were at the employee break room so we did not know if it was the right place or not. Our guide was great, very informative. It is free. No cameras and must wear close toe shoes. No large purses allowed as well. They cover the whole process. Would... More

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