Louisville, KY., founded by George Rogers Clark.
Whiskey Row developed on Main Street, the center of Louisville’s whiskey economy through the early 20th century.
Old Forester bourbon introduced by George Garvin Brown on Whiskey Row at 322 W. Main St. America’s First Bottled Bourbon® was the first bourbon to be sold in sealed glass bottles to ensure quality, made according to Brown’s 1870 Original Batch process of batching barrels from three distilleries to create a consistent flavor profile. The firm was named J.T.S. Brown and Bro.
Old Forester was named for Dr. William Forrester, a contemporary and customer of George Garvin Brown when he was working as a pharmaceutical salesman. When Dr. Forrester retired, Brown dropped the second “r” in the name.
First running of the Kentucky Derby®.
Bottled in Bond Old Forester was presented at 100 proof in sealed bottles to comply with the legal regulations specified by the U.S. Bottled in Bond Act of 1897.
Old Forester Old Fine Whisky robust small batch created on Whiskey Row.
Prohibition begins. Many distilleries are closed, but the company, now named Brown-Forman, applies for and receives a federal license to continue producing Old Forester for medicinal purposes.
Old Forester operation moves from Whiskey Row to 18th and Howard streets in Louisville.
Prohibition is repealed. Old Forester production is increased. Today, Old Forester is the only bourbon continually distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition.
The Old Forester barrel entry proof is established at 125 proof to comply with new post-Prohibition federal standards for distilled spirits.
An Old Forester plant begins producing industrial alcohol to help World War II efforts.
Bluegrass Cooperage, which today is known as the Brown-Forman Cooperage, is purchased to make Old Forester whisky barrels; today it’s the only cooperage owned by a major distiller.
Old Forester celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Old Forester celebrates the 156th birthday of founder George Garvin Brown with a limited-edition Old Forester Birthday Bourbon™ on his birthday, Sept 2.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon receives the title of American Whisky of the Year at WhiskyFest New York.
Old Forester thrives in America’s second bourbon boom, with sales increasing by double digits
Old Forester Mint Julep is named Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®.
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style awarded a Double Gold Medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.