Old Forester Distillery - The Sleepeasy, Master Taster Melissa Rift

Did you ever want to spend the night on Louisville’s Whiskey Row? Well now you can in Old Forester Distillery’s exclusive Sleepeasy loft. Old Forester has been part of the Louisville landscape since its founding in 1870 and many of the early years were spent on Whiskey Row. The distillery returned to its historic site at 119 W. Main Street with a brand-new distillery in June 2018.

Old Forester Bourbon fans can now reserve a three night stay at this exclusive loft right next to the distillery for a limited time. Proceeds for the month of March will benefit the Center for Women and Families, a non-profit that helps women and families in Louisville in crisis by providing housing, support and safety from domestic violence.

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Old Forester Distillery - 119 W. Main Street
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Old Forester Distillery on Historic Whiskey Row.

“The Sleepeasy is the ultimate experience for bourbon lovers,” said Master Taster Melissa Rift. “People will receive an insider look at the world’s first bottled bourbon – and this experience will take guests through Old Forester’s unique history. And the best part – it’s all for charity.” 

Consumers nationwide can book a stay in the prohibition-themed one-bedroom apartment from March 1 to April 2, 2023. The Old Forester Sleepeasy will transport guests to a simpler era with timeless classics including expertly crafted chess boards, vinyl records and memorabilia from the brand’s rich 152-year history.

Each booking at the Old Forester Sleepeasy includes:

  • A personalized meet and greet with Master Taster Melissa Rift
  • A tour and tasting at Old Forester Distillery
  • And the rare opportunity to purchase limited-edition whiskies including the 117 entire Series, President’s Choice 2023, and Birthday Bourbon 2022. For some, it will be worth the booking fee just to have access to these limited-edition bourbons.
Old Forester Distillery - Master Taster Melissa Rift with The 117 Series, Birthday Bourbon and Presidents Bourbon
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Master Taster Melissa Rift with The 117 Series, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon and Old Forester’s President’s Choice bourbon.

“We are so grateful to Old Forester for this generous donation and the strong message it sends about the importance of the community supporting the critical work The Center is doing every day to help individuals and families in situations that threaten their safety and well-being,” said Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, President and CEO of The Center for Women and Families.

“Domestic violence deaths have been increasing in our area, and there is a greater need for our services than ever,” she said. “The funding raised through this unique opportunity will help us continue to raise awareness about this crime and how to seek help, answer our crisis line 24/7, and provide safe housing and vital resources to aid our clients on their journey from victims to courageous survivors.”

Bookings for the Sleepeasy are $500 per night for up to two people and require a minimum three-night stay. Bookings for reservations between March 1 – April 2, 2023 start at noon, Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023 here.

Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure and consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged, “There is nothing better in the market.”

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