From Bark to Barrel to Bourbon
COOPERS’ CRAFT WAS CREATED TO HONOR THE BROWN-FORMAN BARREL MAKERS.
Since 1945, we have remained the only major distiller to own a new barrel cooperage and raise our own barrels, allowing us complete control of the bourbon-making process from start to finish. Our master coopers rely on a proprietary toasting and barrel-making process to deliver unique and award-winning bourbons ranging from light and gentle to bold and complex.
Coopering is a highly skilled tradecraft, passed down from one generation of master coopers to the next. Because the barrel contributes over 50% of our bourbon’s flavor and 100% of its color, making quality barrels—what coopers call “raising”—is essential to crafting quality bourbon.