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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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Do this before the Bourbon Trail

Everyone does the Bourbon Trail, but not many do the Cooperage tour seeing how all those Bourbon barrels are made. This tour is only given a few times a week and very limited in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everyone does the Bourbon Trail, but not many do the Cooperage tour seeing how all those Bourbon barrels are made. This tour is only given a few times a week and very limited in space. Book a tour you wont be sorry seeing something very rare. Watching them "fire" the barrels is cool.

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new orleans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by to check out the oak barrel making. They showed us how to put the barrels together. Than how they charred the inside of the barrels. We were also showed how they repair barrels. It was an excellent tour well worth the stop. The only thing that would have been nicer is to show us the milling of... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We recently toured 10 bourbon distilleries during a 4 day trip to Kentucky. Some were on the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail and some were not. On Wednesday morning we enjoyed a tour of the ISC to learn about the process for making bourbon barrels. It was awesome. The tour includes videos, a walk through of the facility, and a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 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 June 28, 2016 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 June 22, 2016

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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Louisville, Kentucky
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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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