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Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience

3860 Fitzgerald Rd, Shively, Kentucky 40216 USA

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“Experience the past, celebrate the future”

Originally opened on Derby Day in 1935 and reopened to the public in 2014, the Stitzel-Weller Distillery is one of the true cathedrals of the American whiskey industry. Located only five miles from downtown Louisville, the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience is one of the most convenient and impressive along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. WE CAN’T WAIT to HOST YOU Tours and whiskey tastings are $10 for adults over 21. Tours are free for those under 21. Small Group? Great, please drop by! Individuals or groups of less than 10 people are welcome to come by any time during normal operating hours, without an appointment. Scheduling a Group of 10 or More? Great, we encourage it! Please get in touch with the front office to schedule your tour and tasting session. You can reach our reception at (502) 475-3325.

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Lesli Peterson

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March 03, 2020
Rated 5.0

Stitzel-Weller is in Louisville, but about 5 miles outside the Downtown area and worth the trip. Bullet Rye is one of my favorite spirits so we had to make the trip. We didn’t have time for a tour, but we enjoyed a tasting while we were here. If you want to do the same, be sure to call before showing up. The bar will not always do tastings; when they don’t you’ll find that sometimes the front desk people will assist you. We got lucky – don’t risk it! Call ahead.

Kid friendly notes: there are bottled sodas (Birch Beer, Creme Soda, etc) and a few snacks for the kids you can let them enjoy on a large sofa while you muscle up to the bar or enjoy a tasting.

If you’re without the kids, opt for one of their specialty tours.

Pro tip: This facility was originally built by Julian ‘Pappy’ Van Winkle and opened on Derby Day in 1935. When Van Winkle dies, the ownership transferred to United Distillers (Buffalo Trace.)

They also store the product here longer than other distilleries (sometimes over 10 years.) Still trying to get my hands on the Bulleit Rye 12, which they were out of when we visited.

Blade & Bow is another brand made here which originated from a pre-prohibition distillate found in an old building on the property.

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Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience

3860 Fitzgerald Rd
Shively, Kentucky
40216 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun, Wed - Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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