Brown-Forman Old Forester Distillery

Louisville, KY

Brown-Forman wanted to create an experience for the public that is unmatched in the bourbon market. The Old Forester Distillery and Homeplace allows visitors to tour both distilling operations and learn about the history of Brown-Foreman and Old Forester. Messer was selected due to our experience delivering complex facilities in urban settings, as well as our success on recent Brown-Forman work.

Museum-quality displays and finishes throughout the building enhance the visitor experience. There is also a three-story barrel aging room with wrap around catwalk, event space and roof terrace.


  • Six-story, 70,308 sf working distillery that is open to the public
  • Forty-foot tall still, retail store, bourbon tasting rooms, fully-functioning bottle line and cooperage (barrel making), and bourbon barrel elevator lifts