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Independent Stave Company - Kentucky Cooperage

Address: 712 Danville Highway, Lebanon, KY 40033-1700
Phone Number: (270) 692-4674
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Lebanon
Type: Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours

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Libertyville, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

As a DIY woodworker this might have been a little more interesting to me than most people, however my wife enjoyed it thoroughly also. We had a one on one tour although most tours might have up to 10 people on them. Took about 45 minutes as I recall. Stops at many stations with very good narrative. They encourage questions.... More 

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Franklin, Kentucky, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Enjoyed getting an up close view of how whiskey barrels are made. Very interesting. Guided tour of plant and use of headsets.

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Brunswick, Ohio
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104 reviews 104 reviews
43 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We only found out about this tour from the head distiller at Marker's Mark. He told us this is where they get their barrels. After our morning Maker's tour, we would have just enough time to take the 1pm tour. They had directions in the gift shop. I cannot remember the last time I have seen a group of people... More 

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Debary
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This tour is so well-done, hard to believe it's free. It really adds to the experience of touring some of the distilleries. Tours are twice a day, M - Fri. and last about 45 minutes. After viewing a short video, you're given safety glasses and headphones and follow a guide out into the factory. You make 3 or 4 stops,... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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