Barrell Vantage



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Louisville-based Barrell Craft Spirits is the original, pre-eminent independent blender of unique, aged, cask strength whiskey and rum. Recognized for our blending expertise since 2013, we skillfully design, produce, and launch leading, unique products that surprise and delight whiskey aficionados and novices alike.

As the most innovative, forward-thinking, and progressive whiskey blenders in the nation, we have an unrelenting drive to break the status quo by selecting and blending products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottle them at cask strength. All blends are not created equal – experience matters. We don’t simply follow a recipe or blend by consensus. Rather, we blend based on years of expertise and experimentation. We personally taste and blend hundreds of products each year and have experimented with thousands of unique blends over the past 10 years. We are passionate perfectionists fueled by curiosity.

As industry trailblazers, we’re passionate about continually pushing the boundaries of blending and exploring opportunities to source and blend outside the box. Our ultimate goal is to elevate barrels of whisky into something greater than the sum of their parts and to showcase the world’s most exciting spirits. In the process, we’re flattered to have inspired many others to begin blending with whiskey. 

We were awarded Best Bourbon twice at the internationally acclaimed 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 also received high honors at the NY International Spirits Competition, LA Spirits Competition, and Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), including Chairman’s Trophy for Barrell Dovetail and our Private Release Whiskey. Barrell Craft Spirits is consistently 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 49 U.S. states as well as in Puerto Rico, Canada, the UK and Australia.

Joe Beatrice, Founder


NASHVILLE SCENE features Barrell Vantage, calling it "a remarkable bourbon, deeply complex and dimensional thanks to the combinations of woods and char levels."

SEVENFIFTY DAILY features Barrell Craft Spirits as “one of the first of the new breed of indies” in the article, “Meet the New Breed of Independent American Whiskey Bottlers.”

MEN'S JOURNAL includes BCS Gray Label Bourbon in the article, "These are the Allocated Whiskies You Should be Looking For."

UPROXX calls Gold Label Seagrass "lush and bold" in the article, "Special Barrel-Finished Whiskeys For Fall, Blind Tasted And Ranked.

FRED MINNICK talks about blending, saying that BCS is "the best blending house out there." Find out how this trend is changing the bourbon industry.

INSIDE HOOK includes BCS Gray Label Bourbon in “The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This October.”

UPROXX includes Barrell Vantage in a blind tasting of ‘Special Finished’ Bourbons.

MEN'S HEALTH includes BCS Gray Label Bourbon in “The 55 Best Gifts for Whiskey Lovers This Holiday Season.”

IMBIBE features Barrell Vantage in their “Drink of the Week” article, describing it as "rich and bold." 

PASTE MAGAZINE reviews Vantage, stating, "If there’s one blender out there in the bourbon space that can always be relied upon to keep pushing the boundaries of experimentation, it’s Barrell Craft Spirits."

WHISKY ADVOCATE features Barrell Vantage, saying, "Barrell is showcasing both its mastery as a blender and a cask finisher."

ROBB REPORT includes Gold Label Seagrass in their article, “The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now.”

ESQUIRE includes Barrell Craft Spirits in their list of The 12 Best Bourbon Whiskey Brands to Drink in 2022.

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

GQ lists Barrell as one of the The Best Bourbons to Stock at Home.

WALL STREET JOURNAL features Barrell Craft Spirits' Private Release Program.

2020 SAN FRNCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION names Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 “Best Bourbon.”

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