Old Forester Distilling Co. 

Bourbon returned to historic Whiskey Row in 2018 with the opening of Old Forester Distilling Co. This bourbon tour experience offers a look inside the Louisville brand, its hometown and history of bottled bourbon. Created by George Garvin Brown, the Old Forester label has been a popular spirit across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation for many years.

The Distillery Tour

Your trip through the Old Forester Distillery includes all aspects of bourbon making — even the barrel! Learn about George G. Brown, see vintage bourbon bottles and get some local whiskey history. Then see bubbling tubs of mash before traveling up the elevator to see the span of Old Forester’s stories-tall copper still. Get a quick science lesson before heading to the barrel-making portion of the tour. Watch as coopers raise a barrel from start to finish, including charring the inside with live flames! 

Mint Julep partners with Old Forester for several unique bourbon experiences. On custom tours, a before-hours tour of the urban distillery is available and includes an upgraded tasting experience.

The Bourbon Tastings

Your bourbon tasting at Old Forester may include several iterations of the brand across different proofs and expressions. Sorry, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon will not be part of your tasting and is not often available for sale at the distillery.

Old Forester Distilling Co. Sign on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®

Things to know about Old Forester

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Old Forester made?

Old Forester is made at 119 W. Main St. in Louisville, Ky., and a nearby larger facility that is not open for tours in the Shively neighborhood.

Who owns Old Forester?

Old Forester is owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation. Sister brands include Woodford Reserve, Coopers Craft, Early Times and Jack Daniel’s.

What bourbons and whiskeys does Old Forester produce?

Old Forester expressions include the annual Birthday Bourbon, Statesman, President’s Choice, Signature, Classic, Single Barrel, Rye, Mint Julep Mix, and the Whiskey Row Series.

Is Old Forester on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

Yes, Old Forester is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.

Which distilleries are near Old Forester?

Downtown Louisville bourbon tours include Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Angel’s Envy, Rabbit Hole, Michter’s and Kentucky Peerless.

Where can I find out more about Old Forester?

Learn about Old Forester at oldforester.com.

Start Planning Your Kentucky Bourbon Distillery Tour

Let’s start planning your ultimate Kentucky bourbon distillery tour today! We offer a variety of public tours as well as custom-made experiences that are tailored to your every bourbon desire.

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