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Barrell Craft Spirits, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is an independent blender of unique, aged, cask strength sourced whiskey and rum, recognized for its blending expertise. We design, produce, and launch Spirits with a focus on what people want now and not what has been successful in the past. 


Our goal is to select and blend products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottle them at cask strength.

Barrell Craft Spirits was awarded Best Bourbon twice at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) - in 2017 and again in 2020. Other SFWSC awards include Best Small Batch Bourbon and Best Overproof Rum, as well as 21 Double Gold medals and 15 Gold medals. We’ve received high honors at the NY International Spirits Competition, LA Spirits Competition, and Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), including Chairman’s Trophy for Barrell Dovetail. Barrell Craft Spirits is highly rated by Whisky Advocate and was named Best American Whiskey of 2018 in Forbes. Our award-winning line of products is currently sold in 48 states throughout the U.S.

Joe Beatrice, Founder


VINEPAIR - BCS Founder Joe Beatrice shares his thoughts on the changing role of tech in the spirits industry

L.A. SPIRITS AWARDS - Bourbon Batch 030 wins a Platinum Medal and Armida wins Best Unique Barrel-Finished Bourbon

JOHN BARLEYCORN AWARDS - Barrell Bourbon Batch 031 wins Double Gold while Seagrass, Bourbon Batch 032, Private Release Whiskey DJA1, Private Release Whiskey DJX1, and Private Release Whiskey DSX2 win Gold.

NEW YORK SPIRITS COMPETITION - Barrell Whiskey Private Release DJX1 and Barrell Whiskey Private Release DSX2 win Double Gold medals.

ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE - Barrell Whiskey Private Release DJA1 wins prestigious Chairman’s Trophy and Barrell Whiskey Private Release DJX1 is recognized as a Finalist.

MARTHA STEWART LIVING - Martha Stewart Living includes Batch 032 in The 6 Best Bourbons to Gift Dad This Father's Day

INSIDEHOOK - InsideHook picks Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 as “Something Great”

ASCOT AWARDS - Batch 030 receives Double Platinum award, while Batch 031 and Batch 032 receive Platinum awards

Barrell Craft Spirits receives top awards once again at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Barrell Craft Spirits partners with National Women's Soccer League’s Racing Louisville Football Club

WINE ENTHUSIAST -  Kara Newman gives high ratings to Barrell Armida (95), Batch 031 (97), and Batch 032 (95)

DRINKHACKER - Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 031 and Batch 032.

ROBB REPORT - Robb Report reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 032, giving it a score of 96.

BUSINESS WIRE - Barrell Craft Spirits Unveils BCS Gold Label Seagrass

GEAR PATROL - Gear Patrol states “Barrell is, at this moment, the best blender of American whiskey there is.” 

INSIDEHOOK - InsideHook includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 032 as one of The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This May

WHISKY ADVOCATE - Whisky Advocate selects Barrell Bourbon New Year 2022 as Editors' Choice for Spring 2022

WINE ENTHUSIAST - Barrell Seagrass rated 90 points and included in a roundup of their favorite rye whiskeys 

VINEPAIR -  Barrell Seagrass named as Best Cask Finished Whiskey in 15 Best Whiskeys to Drink in 2022 

BROBIBLE - BCS Gold Label listed in 50 Things We Want

WINE ENTHUSIAST – Barrell Private Release A01A Bourbon picked as one of the Best 13 Bourbons of 2021

GQ -  Barrell listed as one of the The Best Bourbons to Stock at Home

INSIDE HOOK - The Story Behind Barrell, the Year’s Best, Most Untraditional Bourbon

WHISKY ADVOCATE - Whisky Advocate highlights BCS Founder Joe Beatrice

WALL STREET JOURNAL -  Barrell Craft Spirits' Private Release Program Featured

BUSINESS WIRE Batch 021 Named “Best Bourbon” at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

FORBES - Bourbon’s Rule Breaker: How Barrell Craft Spirits Upblended The Whiskey Industry