Four Roses Distillery Opens Newly Constructed Visitor Center

, | December 9, 2021

Four Roses recently celebrated the opening of its new visitor center to offer new tasting and educational opportunities to enhance the guest experience at the Kentucky distillery.

The new visitor center project is part of Four Roses’ investment to accommodate the growing demand in the bourbon industry. The distillery also expanded its bottling lines and warehouses at Four Roses’ facility in Cox’s Creek, Kentucky.

The visitor center is nearly 15,000 square feet and is designed to inform and educate guests about the distillery’s different bourbons, its distilling process, and its unique history in an enjoyable, immersive experience.

Four Roses Visitor Center 2021

Inside the updated Four Roses Visitor Center (image via Four Roses)

Four Roses partnered with Louisville-based architecture firm Joseph & Joseph + Bravura, the same firm that in 1910 designed the distillery itself. The new building is modeled after the existing Spanish mission-style structures unique to Four Roses and this part of the country.  

The interior space has an accompanying 3,850 square-foot outdoor covered patio and cocktail area.

“This new visitor’s center is another exciting accomplishment for Four Roses, the Anderson County community and Kentucky’s $8.9 billion tourism industry,” said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear in a prepared statement. “Guests will be able to experience our world-famous, signature spirit with this historic distiller, a founding member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. I want to thank the Four Roses team for their investment in this community and commitment to the Kentuckians and visitors from around the world who will walk through the doors here.”

The new visitor center specifically includes the following: 

  • Bar 1888 – named for the year the Four Roses name was first trademarked, with offerings from Four Roses’ current bourbon portfolio and specialty cocktails. In addition, Bar 1888 will offer selections from Four Roses’ highly acclaimed annual releases from the Limited Edition Small Batch series;
  • The Al Young Archive Collection – an interactive display showcasing the range of Four Roses bottlings from throughout its 133-year history. The display is named for the beloved Al Young, who spent more than five decades in various roles at the distillery, including recording and sharing the rich history of Four Roses through years of research into archives and artifacts;
  • Four seated tasting rooms offering a space for enhanced educational experiences;
  • Enhanced tasting experiences, including an exclusive opportunity to taste individual selections from Four Roses’ ten bourbon recipes that are used to create its core product line;
  • Expanded retail gift shop with Four Roses’ Bourbon products and other branded merchandise for sale;
  • Outdoor patio space where visitors can enjoy the beautiful distillery grounds.
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“It’s an exciting time at Four Roses and we are proud to take this next step in our effort to provide an enhanced experience to our visitors, while maintaining our commitment to producing top-quality Bourbon,” said Kelli Wright, Guest Experience Manager at Four Roses. “The new visitor center provides our guests with more opportunities to learn about and experience Four Roses in some very welcoming and comfortable new spaces.”

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Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.