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Address: 712 Danville Highway, Lebanon, KY 40033-1700
Phone Number: (270) 692-4674
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A must-see on the Bourbon Trail!

See barrels being made, charred, and repaired! Excellent tour, they used a sound system so that everyone could hear over the noise. This small tour was a nice break from all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Holland, Michigan
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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

See barrels being made, charred, and repaired! Excellent tour, they used a sound system so that everyone could hear over the noise. This small tour was a nice break from all the distillery tours :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately the facility was closed as there was a snowstorm heading in on the day we planned our visit. The ladies at the front desk were very nice and the deacon (yep, you heard me, they actually have a deacon) ended up showing us the intro video and gave us some added narrative which was interesting. We will have to... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dang, the tour was closed due to snowy conditions and I got up early to make it there for the 9:30 tour! This was on my husbands bucket list while we were here. At least they had a big window and we got to see some of the making from the break room area window. This means we have to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The Kentucky Cooperage makes American oak barrels used by most distilleries on the Bourbon Trail. It shows the implementation of decisions made by each distiller to create his bourbon. It also is a great way to complete your knowledge of the bourbon making process. Specifics: There are two tours a day at 9:30 and 1. This is a factory tour.... More 

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Sylva, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

This factory produces most of the white oak barrels for the bourbon industry, but the operation is still very local and traditional. The tour includes a demonstration of "raising the barrel" which takes one man about 11 minutes, a view of the entire process and a demonstration of a highly-skilled repair job to barrels that don't meet the usual standards.... More 

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This is a free tour that takes you right into the middle of the barrel-making effort. It's clearly hard work, but visitors are provided ear and eye protection to allow them to see how it's done. A different look at what the distillers must have!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Luckily, we found out about this tour from a fellow tourist on the Bourbon Trail. The tour is well done and informative. We enjoyed the interaction with the workers showing us their trade. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Touring the cooperage really compliments the Bourbon Trail Experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

This is a fantastic compliment to any trip along the Bourbon Trail. After seeing countless ricks full of barrels at the distilleries, it was a treat to see where the barrels were born. The tour was a mix of seeing actual operations and close up demonstrations. There were a few technical difficulties with their video system, but it did not... More 

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Loudon, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

After finally completing the Bourbon Trail this year, we finally made sure to add the Cooperage on this visit. You will not be disappointed. Our guide was very thorough and knowledgeable. They walked through every step of the process. They make barrels for many of the top distilleries in Kentucky.

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Niles, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I've been to Brown-Forman's Blue Grass Cooperage in Louisville, but that place only make barrels for their own brands. So this is where all the major brand distillery's in Kentucky get their barrels from. Thia is a working facility, and safety is paramount during their tour. Got to see a video on the working areas that are off limits to... More 

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