Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Heads

We are privileged to be working with the Van Winkle family for the past few months on a special project for Pappy & Co. run by the daughters of Julian Van Winkle. 

We took 20 Pappy Van Winkle 15 year barrels apart and made custom barrel heads hand wood burned with Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery Family Reserve and a famous Pappy saying “Asleep many years in the wood.”  Each came with a Certificate of Authenticity, wood burned with the barrel number, fill date and the dump date. Each Certificate and barrel head were also signed by Julian Van Winkle.  

These first 40 barrel heads sold out quickly but we are looking forward to the next barrels to be dumped early next year.  For more information and to get your own Pappy merchandise go to www.pappyco.com!

Some comments from www.pappyco.com about the barrel heads:
  1. Truly a unique piece! Posted by Matt S. on 22nd Nov 2013  I am extremely pleased with this barrel head. It smells of sweet pappy bourbon and will be a conversation piece for years to come .
  2. Finishing touch to my Pappy collection! Posted by David Sorensen on 14th Nov 2013

    Received my barrel head today and could not be happier. A quality product and great addition to any bourbon bar.

  3. Can’t wait to see the look on his face! Posted by Julie VanWinkle on 15th Dec 2013

    This is a Christmas gift for the biggest Pappy lover. I can’t wait to see the reaction when he opens it. The lid is truly hand crafted and beautiful. So nice to have Julian’s signature as well. A great collector’s item!

What sets us apart

We started this business 3 years ago and there were only a handful of people making art out of barrels.  Now there are bunches of people making things left and right.  A few of them even dog us on their websites and pages. That’s fine with us. The quality of our work, attention to detail and passion for bourbon, barrels, art and integrity is what matters.  

We use each and every part of the barrel down to the sawdust.  We make each and every piece by hand.  Design, hand sanding, nailing, wood burning, everything.  That is what sets us apart.  No one does what we do, how we do it.

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  We are flattered to death.  Thank you to all of our loyal customers for standing behind us. 

Forecastle Festival 2013

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Wow!  That’s all I can say.  What a fantastic weekend of music and bourbon.  If you haven’t heard of Forecastle you may very well have been living under a rock . Rolling Stone Magazine has named the fest one of the 33 coolest festivals.  (“Forecastle Festival Success”Rolling Stone Magazine. July 2012)  Click here to find out a little more about the Forecastle Foundation.  http://forecastlefest.com/foundation/

According to Fred Minnick, author, photographer and journalist, Forecastle just became bourbon’s most important festival, beating out the Kentucky Bourbon Festival because it’s hitting a whole new target market.  http://fredminnick.com/forecastle-just-became-the-worlds-most-important-bourbon-festival/  And we are proud to have contributed a small part to the effort.  Big thanks to Stephanie Lindsay of Green Lady Studio for having faith that we could create her vision for this years Bourbon Lodge.


Frosted Pink Weddings by Kelly Blog Post

Rocky Mountain wedding planner, Kelly Karli – Frosted Pink Weddings, has a blog and she featured Bourbon Barrel Rehab! Check it out here. 

http://frostedpinkweddings.com/colorado-wedding-planners-blog

Runway for the Roses

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Our Logo on the Big Screen!

We had a great night at the NFocus Runway for the Roses Fashion Show at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage benefiting Horses and Hope!  http://www.horsesandhope.org/

Gunnar Deatherage from Project Runway Season 10 and Louisville native put the show together with clothing from Dillard’s.  

More on the show from a real writer, Cameron Miquelon. 
http://33avenuemiquelon.com/2013/03/27/runway-for-the-roses-2013-preview-edition/

Sponsors included Lenihan/Sotheby’s as well as Glass Label, Bourbon Barrel Rehab, Korbel, Old 502 Winery and and Lite 106.9. 

Bourbon Barrel Rehab provided 4 used bourbon barrel bars, 10 used bourbon barrels and 2 half barrels to use as part of the decor.  

If you have an event coming up, please give us a call!


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Our VIP Table! Thanks to Joshua Miller and NFocus Louisville Magazine for use of the photos.

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Bar provided by Bourbon Barrel Rehab. Thanks to Joshua Miller and NFocus Louisville Magazine for use of the photos.

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After the show, the only things left standing are our bourbon barrels.

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Before the show

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10′ Bourbon Barrel Bar

Runway for the Roses 2013

The Runway for the Roses is one of the first events kicking off Kentucky Derby season in Louisville.  Such an exciting time in this little town!  We’re even more excited because we are a sponsor of the event this year!  The event benefits Horses for Hope,  who provides training in horsemanship and therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities (physical, mental, emotional, speech, and learning) and for persons diagnosed with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses. Tickets are still available for the event.  Go to www.nfocusmagazine.com for ticket information.  Please also go to www.horsesforhope.org to help this great non-profit.

Bourbon vs. Whisk(e)y

So what’s the difference?   Do we also use whiskey barrels?  What’s the difference between whiskey and whisky?

Here are some answers.  These links are both to wikipedia so take some of the info with a grain of salt but they are generally on the money.  And yes, we have whisky (or whiskey) barrels at times and even some wine barrels!  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourbon_whiskey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisky

http://grammarist.com/usage/whiskey-whisky/

Louisville Palace Wedding Show 

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Thank you so much to Sydney O’Bryan for all the work to put together the Louisville Palace Wedding Show!  We had a great time and there were TONS of brides and reluctant grooms.  It’s so funny to watch the guys hang back, standing a half step behind their bride-to-be.

Here are a few photos.  It was an amazing show in such a beautiful, historic place.  Lucky to have been asked to join in.


We are International!

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We just sent 20 barrels to a distillery in Sweden!  Thank you Tommy!  We are starting to get inquiries from all over the world!  Couldn’t be happier about going global!

Bourbon Barrel Rehab on the Radio!

Looks like we are gonna be on the radio!  The Down and Dirty radio/video hybrid show — hosted by Frank Fontana formerly of HGTV’s Design on a Dime is going to interview us on Wednesday morning.  They stream every week on blogtalkradio.com/diy and bit.ly/ddradio (with video) online, and archive the show on YouTube after the broadcasts. Tune in!