Where to Find Us: Getting to the Distillery & Parking
Where is Old Forester Distilling Co. located?
Old Forester Distilling Co. is located at 119 West Main St in Louisville, Kentucky.
Where is the main entrance?
Please enter Old Forester Distilling Co. at 119 West Main St.
The doors on Washington Street are for deliveries only.
Where should I park?
Many parking meters are located around the Old Forester Distillery, and there several parking garages nearby.
Some nearby parking garages are located at the KFC Yum! Center (1 Arena Plaza), the 1st & Main Garage (100 E Main St), as well as East Washington Street Garage (131-299 E Washington St).
Ride sharing services such as CityScoot, Uber, Lyft are available in the Louisville metro area. Please see an associate if you would like to coordinate a safe ride.
Distillery & Tours
Are guests under the age of 21 allowed to visit?
Yes! Guests of all ages are allowed to attend, but children must be supervised by an adult, and only guests over 21 years old are allowed to participate in the optional tasting at the end of the tour.
A government-issued photo ID is required to sample beverage alcohol.
How long do the tours last?
The Old Forester Distillery Tour is approximately 60 minutes and includes a tasting at the end.
If I purchase a bottle of Bourbon at the gift shop, can I have it shipped to me?
At this time, recent changes in legislation allow us to legally ship beverage alcohol to only a handful of U.S. states, and no international shipping from Old Forester Distilling Co. is permitted.
Please check with a retail associate for details on where bottles may be shipped legally.
Can I engrave a bottle onsite?
Yes, bottles can be engraved onsite. There may be an additional fee for engraving, and engraving is limited only to the bottles purchased in the Old Forester Distilling Co. retail shop.
Are purses, diaper bags, etc. allowed on tours?
Purses and bags are allowed at Old Forester Distillery and can be brought on tours.
A limited number of lockers will be available onsite if you want to store your belongings during your tour.
Can I take pictures while I'm on a tour at the Distillery?
Of course! Photography may be limited to certain areas of the tour experience, however. Professional photography may not be conducted without prior written permission.
Is the Old Forester Distillery ADA compliant?
Yes, the Old Forester Distillery offers an ADA-compliant touring experience for guests in wheelchairs.
Do you allow pets on tours?
We do not allow pets at the Old Forester Distillery. Service animals are permitted on tours.
Is there a dress code?
We recommend that guests wear closed-toe shoes for safety purposes, as the Old Forester distillery is home to a fully-functioning distillery operation.
Open-toe shoes are permitted, but not recommended.
What is your smoking policy?
Old Forester Distilling Co. is a non-smoking facility.
No smoking, vaping, or e-cigarettes of any kind are permitted in and around Old Forester distillery property.
Louisville Metro maintains a smoking ordinance which prohibits smoking within 15 feet from the outside entrance of any building.
Can I host my wedding or special event at the Distillery?
The Old Forester Distillery is available for private events during daytime and evening hours.
Submit an event space booking request by completing this form. You must be of legal drinking age (21+) in order to rent any area in the Old Forester Distillery. Venue rental is not available until after August 1, 2018. Please note that responses to all event inquiries may be delayed as we finalize event accommodations.
Why are tickets discounted on Sunday and Monday?
Old Forester Distilling Co. is open for tours on Sundays and Mondays, however production in our distillery will be suspended.
For the full experience of our distillery operations including fermenting, distilling, aging, and bottling, we encourage guests to visit us between Tuesday and Saturday.
Other General Questions
How often do you have Distillery tours?
Tours begin every 15 minutes. Please arrive and check in 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin.
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 p.m. The last distillery tour begins at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The first tour on Sunday begins at 12:15 p.m.
Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 p.m. The last distillery tour begins at 4:00 p.m.
All times are Eastern Time.
Please note that the Old Forester Distillery is a fully functioning distillery operation. Tours may be delayed or the tour experience may be altered unexpectedly due to changes in planned distillery operations.
What is included in the Distillery Tour?
Your tour will comprise of a close interaction with the core areas of an active distillery. You will have the opportunity to see a running distillery operation, smell fermentation, maturation, charring, and toasting, touch finished barrels, hear real machinery at work in all areas of production, and guests of legal drinking age (21+) can finally taste fine, matured bourbon.
Please note that production is fully operational from Tuesday to Saturday. Tours on Sunday and Monday will have access to view all elements of the Old Forester Distillery, but active production operations will not be underway.
Do you offer a military discount? Group discount, student?
We currently offer a military discount of $4 off the regular price of $16 for general admission. For more details on Military, group, or student discounts, call us at: (502) 779-2222.
Look for the "Veteran/Active Duty" option when booking your tour online.
What is your tour refund / cancellation policy?
A full refund will be provided for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled tour time. For cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the start of the scheduled tour, no refund will be given. A full refund will be issued for large group bookings of 11 or more provided the cancellation is made at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled tour. No refund will be awarded for cancellations made within 2 weeks of the scheduled activity.
What will I be tasting at the end of my tour?
Guests of legal drinking age (21+) are able to participate in a bourbon tasting as part of the tour experience. Select expressions are typically: Old Forester 86 Proof, Old Forester 100 Proof, and a rotating Old Forester expression.
Is the Old Forester Distillery closed on holidays?
The Old Forester Distillery is closed for tours on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Tours may be also be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather. Please check OldForester.com for updates.