LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky’s bourbon tourism scene continues to grow, with the latest addition coming on line June 14 when the Old Forester Distilling Co. opened a $45 million, 70,000-square-foot distillery in a historic downtown Louisville building along what is known as Whiskey Row.
An immersive experience takes visitors through the bourbon-making process, from fermentation and distillation to an on-site cooperage where handcrafted barrels are made and fired. There also is an on-site warehouse where the bourbon will be aged.
A glass elevator provides a close look at the 44-foot tall copper column still in the middle of the building.
The stretch of historic buildings where the new distillery is located once housed 89 bourbon-related businesses, including the former headquarters of Old Forester in the early 1900s.