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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
- Sep 20, 2014
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Brunswick, Ohio
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98 reviews 98 reviews
40 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

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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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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34 reviews 34 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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