Videos of bourbon distillery visits and bourbon distillery tours.
Please enjoy our one minute long Grand Traverse Distillery Tour video! Grand Traverse is pretty much an old-timer in the craft distilling world. Owner and first distiller Kent Rabish started Grand Traverse Distillery way back in 2005, when he got the idea to open Northern Michigan’s first craft distillery. They use local grains and distill, age and bottle every spirit that carries the Grand Traverse name.
The Green River Distilling Co.’s story began when J.W. McCulloch began making Green River Whiskey back in 1885. Interestingly, his slogan was “The Whiskey Without A Headache”. For obvious reasons, the use of that slogan was not allowed to endure, and the current version is “Whiskey without Regrets”. Although one could dispute that one as well (sort of reminds me of “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”) that’s the slogan that is used today. Let’s hope it’s true!
The T.W. Samuels distillery originally started in 1844, then closed during prohibition, and then was rebuilt nearby in 1933. They distilled until 1952, and subsequently the distillery was used as the Samuels Springs Water Co, producing bottled water. The grounds are now being restored and will be turned into the new Old Steelhouse Distillery (formerly Old Samuels Distillery), which will house a restaurant, bar, guest cottages, and a small distillery, amongst other facilities.
Heaven Hill Distillery TourBourbon Heritage Center1311 Gilkey Run Rd.Bardstown, KY Heaven Hill Distillery has been family owned and operated since 1935, and Heaven Hill Brands is America’s largest independent family-owned & operated distilled spirits company. Unlike many of the other large distilleries, visitors are not able to tour Heaven Hill’s distillery. The main distillery, the …
The Woodford Double Double Oaked Bourbon is a recurring limited release bourbon that is part of Woodford Reserve’s Distillery series. First appearing in 2015, this bourbon has been released a few times since then, the most recent release being now, January 2021. I have really enjoyed this bourbon in the past, so I had to get a couple of bottles of this latest release, which states on its label a bottling date of 2020.
Last Friday we stopped by Limestone Branch Distillery. It had been a while since I was last there. The last time I had seen Stephen Fante, their Whiskey Ambassador Extraordinaire, he had told me that they had doubled their capacity, so I was eager to see what was going on. Limestone branch is a small operation, so by doubling their capacity they went from producing one barrel of whiskey a day to two, but that’s still cool!
We recently visited the Barton 1792 Distillery. Like Buffalo Trace, this Sazarac owned distillery also does not charge for their tours, which is very cool. It’s a great place to visit, and although they, like the Buffalo Trace Distillery, are not technically on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Barton 1792 Distillery Tour should definitely be included in everyone’s itinerary.