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Think You Have What it Takes to Make Whiskey? Blend-Your-Own-Bourbon Experience Opens in Kentucky

Louisville is filled with places to drink a wide range of bourbons, from distilleries to bars and restaurants. But now, a new downtown experience has found a way to set itself apart.

Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the company that makes Louisville Slugger bats, is offering patrons the opportunity to blend their own bourbons, creating what Hillerich & Bradsby Marketing Director Andrew Soliday said is the only custom bourbon experience in Louisville, according to WDRB.

Barrels & Billets will open Feb. 23 at Hillerich & Bradsby Co.’s headquarters at 800 W. Main St. Tickets already are available for booking online. Tickets are priced at $35 for a 45-minute session. Barrels & Billets is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

At Barrels & Billets, guests will learn about bourbon blending and then will choose from six different types of WoodCraft bourbons: a 200 Year Oak, European Oak, American Oak, Cherry Wood, Maple Wood or Smoked Oak.

After the recipe is complete, guests will have the option of having their blends bottled in a 750-milliliter container, which they can take home for $45.

Other experiences at Barrels and Billets include a bourbon cocktail flight and a 13-question survey to create a personalized bourbon for visitors’ palettes.

Designer Dram and Black Button Bourbon both offer customizable bourbons, but those aren’t in-person like Barrels & Billets.

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.