Barrell Craft Spirits, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is an independent blender and bottler 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. This affords us access to some of the most interesting and delicious spirits in the world.


Our goal is to select and blend products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottle them at cask strength. Every batch is produced as a limited release and has an intentionally distinct flavor profile.

Barrell Craft Spirits has been highly rated by Whisky Advocate, including Editor’s Choice, and was named Best American Whiskey of 2018 in Forbes by whiskey authority Fred Minnick. We’ve been awarded Best Bourbon twice at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), once in 2017 and again in 2020. Other SFWSC awards include Best Small Batch Bourbon, Best Small Batch Bourbon over 11 years, Best Small Batch Bourbon 6-10 years and Best Overproof Rum, as well as nine Double Gold medals and seven Gold medals. Our award-winning line of products is currently sold in 43 states throughout the United States.

Joe Beatrice, Founder


GOLF.COM  Barrell included on's "List of 11 delicious American craft whiskies I tried for the first time this year."

MEN'S HEALTH  BCS Bourbon included in Men's Health "Top 50 Best Gifts for Whiskey Lovers"

FOOD & WINE -  Dovetail featured in the 2020 Food and Wine's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

FORBES  - BCS Bourbon makes the Forbes list of the World’s Best Bourbon Whiskey: 2020 New Releases

WHISKY ADVOCATE  Fall 2020 ratings: Our Private Release Whiskeys AH02, AH08, and AH10 all scored a 94. Additionally, Bourbon Batch 024 earned a 93, and Private Release AH05 and AH14 both scored a 92

THRILLIST - Barrell included on Holiday Gift Guide, "The Best Gifts for Whiskey Drinkers, According to a Master Distiller"

MAXIM - Barrell Armida included on Maxim’s list of The Best New American Whiskeys of 2020

BUSINESS WIRE Announcing Barrell Craft Spirits' New Product Line: Private Release Whiskeys

WALL STREET JOURNAL -  Barrell Craft Spirits' Private Release Program Featured in the Wall Street Journal

WHISKY ADVOCATE  - Whisky Advocate Lists Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 as One of its 7 Barrel Proof Bourbons to Try Now

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

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

MENS JOURNAL - The Best Bourbons of 2020 (So Far)