What are the tours like?
Sour Mash Tours offers a fun and educational experience in the best neighborhoods for bourbon drinking in Louisville, Kentucky. You'll start by getting a quick brush-up on the basics of bourbon, but most of the time will be spent tasting various brands and styles of bourbon and other American whiskeys. Tours can vary, but a typical afternoon is spread across three of a neighborhood's bars, where you'll try three half-ounce samples at each stop. Every tasting is carefully curated to ensure that you get a wide array of interesting expressions -- some of which you won't be able to find anywhere outside of Kentucky.
When do tours start?
Tours are currently offered on Saturdays afternoons at 2pm, but we hope to add more days and times very soon.
How long do tours last?
Typically, each tour will last 1.5 to 2 hours.
What brands will I get to taste?
It's a surprise! The whiskeys that we select range from mid- to top-shelf, so you can be sure that you won't be drinking swill. We stand behind each sample as a prime example of its style.
How much will I drink?
Over the course of the tour, you'll be served the equivalent of about 3 "bar-sized" pours of bourbon in total. We encourage you to know your limits and not feel compelled to finish every sample. Be sure to arrange for transportation to your next destination following the experience. Or, better yet, stick around for dinner!
Yes, all tour participants must be at least 21 years old. All participants will be required to show verification of age in the form of a government-issued ID such as a driver's license, state ID card, or passport.
Do I need to be 21 to go on a tour?
You will be walking less than a half mile total for both experiences
How far will we be walking?
What's the food situation?
All tours are scheduled between normal meal times. During the tastings, you may be offered some light snacks to cleanse your palette and enhance the tasting experience. However, all tours will wrap up at or near a restaurant that has food available for purchase.
Will new neighborhood tours be added?
Today we offer tours in the Nulu and Butchertown neighborhoods. We have a few other areas we'd like to expand to, but nothing official just yet.
What is the refund policy?
We get it -- plans change. As long as you give us at least 72 hours' notice, we'll refund 100% of your purchase. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 24 hours prior to the tour.