Evan Williams has visitors waiting in line for bourbon experience


by Doug Proffitt


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 12:16 AM

LOUSIVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- People were waiting in line before the doors opened to the newly opened Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville.

Officials with Heaven Hill Distilleries said the first visitors arrived nearly 30 minutes before the attraction opened today at 10 a.m.

The Experience is located at 6th and Main and is operated by Heaven Hill Distilleries.

The first three visitors were brothers from Chicago.  They drove through the night to visit the recreation of historic Whiskey Row.

The bourbon attraction is housed in a 143 year-old building that was renovated into a working mini-distillery and interactive showcase of the historical days of Evan Williams.

Williams was the first licensed distiller in Kentucky and he also built the first jail in Louisville and City Hall.  He also served as the Wharf Master. 

At the end of the tour, visitors are served free samples of Heaven Hill bourbon in two distinctive tasting rooms.

Lynne Grant, the director of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, said there were “several hundred visitors” from, at least, eight states and three countries on the opening day.

“Whiskey Row” is a term used to describe the area of Main and Market Streets in downtown Louisville when it was the center of bourbon production during the 1830s.  Nearly 150 different whiskey and bourbon businesses encompassed the 13 blocks between the two streets.

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Ticket prices vary. For more information you can visit the website at evanwilliamsbourbonexperience.com.