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Independent Stave Company - Kentucky Cooperage

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Address: 712 Danville Highway, Lebanon, KY 40033-1700
Phone Number: (270) 692-4674
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Wow, what a interesting tour of how they make the barrels for the distillerys. You get to see everything from the very start to finish and all the history that goes along with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what a interesting tour of how they make the barrels for the distillerys. You get to see everything from the very start to finish and all the history that goes along with it. Tour guide was great, very informative, and took time to answer questions. Start your bourbon trail tour with this first. Excellent!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting tour. I would like to see more hands on of the process instead of videos but the actual processes we saw were very interesting. It is a working factory that does not seem that it was initially set up for tours. For one of the tour stops they actually have to stop production and move equipment for us to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great tour! We missed out on the charring as the line was down and being worked on but we did see the furnace line not in operation. It is a working factory. Loved meeting the guys from the line. They bring a guy off the line to build a barrel while behind you can see the guys riveting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see if you like bourbon. We had a great tour. They use headphones to ensure you hear all the great information. The tour guide explained the processes and there were staff to demonstrate the various steps in making a barrel. Plan ahead as they only do two tours a day but well worth the visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

I enjoy going to bourbon distilleries as it is my favorite drink. It was interesting to watch the movies and to witness an employee construct a barrel for the first time. Watching a barrel being repaired was educational. My only suddestion would be to witness more of the barrel making process in person, not a movie.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

This is the place to visit if you want to enhance your knowledge about how Bourbon is made and what importance the barrel has on the quality. The tours they conduct of the Cooperage are only given Mon. to Fri. There are two tours a day at 9:30am and 1:00pm and each lasts about 30 to 40 mins. Make sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Visiting a barrel manufacturing plant adds to the knowledge about bourbon. Excellent tour. Well designed with multiple videos and demonstrations of work processes. Much more than just watching the manufacturing process.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

This tour is easy and short, and is a GREAT way to round out the distillery tours on the Bourbon Trail! They offer tours twice a day on weekdays only, so plan accordingly. I believe they cap the number of guests to 15, and you can call ahead and put your name down (no online reservations). There were only 4... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Such an important part of bourbon and super interesting! Saw up close and personal how much of an art/craft barrel making really is! Was so excited to take home a stave, and the tour was FREE!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

This was one of our 2 favorite tours on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail - don't miss it ! You walk through the factory with the guide and stop at various stations in the manufacturing process, where craftsman demonstrate their skills in building the barrels that store and flavor bourbon. We saw the process to manually fit the staves of various... More 

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