Crafted to be Enjoyed Neat and in Cocktails, 100-Proof Expression is Barrell Craft Spirits® First Non-Cask Strength Bourbon

Louisville, KY (April 30, 2024) – Barrell Craft Spirits® (BCS) first non-cask strength bourbon, Barrell Foundation, struck Double Gold at the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), the largest international spirits competition in the United States. With two decades of experience, the SFWSC is one of the most respected competitions in the world. Judging is blind and done by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized distilled spirits judges, each selected for their distinct and trusted palate.

“We’re ecstatic that Barrell Foundation, our first non-cask strength bourbon, has been recognized by the esteemed San Francisco World Spirits Competition,” said BCS Founder Joe Beatrice. “For 10 years we’ve led the blending movement in the U.S. and welcomed this exciting opportunity to be a trailblazer of an entirely different style of bourbon whiskey. Barrell Foundation showcases our ability to blend complex flavors with bourbon whiskey from a variety of different distillery partners across the world at a lower ABV and for all occasions.”

Barrell Foundation is a blend of Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Maryland bourbon whiskeys all ranging from five to nine years and bottled at 100-proof (50% ABV). The expression features a derived mashbill of 73% corn, 23% rye, and 4% malted barley. It can be enjoyed neat and works well in classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned. The new ongoing release, which is available at fine retailers throughout the U.S. and online, has a suggested retail price of $59.99 per 750ml bottle.

Since launching last October, Barrell Foundation has also won the following awards:

  • L.A. Spirits Awards 2024 Platinum Medal
  • Whisky Advocate rating of 91 points
  • World Whiskies Awards 2024 Best Blended Bourbon
  • Whiskey Raiders 2023 Best Whiskey Awards

Collectively, Barrell Craft Spirits has won 26 Double Gold and 20 Gold medals at the SFWSC, including “Best Small Batch Bourbon Up to Five Years” and “Best Over-Proof Rum” in 2021, “Best Bourbon and Best Small Batch Bourbon” – both overall and within the 6–10-year category for Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 in 2020; “Best Small Batch Bourbon over 11 years old” (Batch 018) in 2019, and “Best Bourbon” (Batch 011), “Best Small Batch Bourbon,” and “Best Over Proof Rum” (Batch 001) in 2017.

Founded in 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, BCS selects and blends products that explore different distillation methods, barrels, and aging environments. BCS’s extensive stocks of high-quality casks mean it can craft extraordinary blends that maximize the nuances of each ingredient. Creative finishes and a liberated approach to blending guides every product release.

The award-winning line of BCS releases are now sold in 49 US states, Australia, Canada, and the UK. Follow Barrell Craft Spirits on FacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram or visit

Barrell Craft Spirits®

Louisville-based Barrell Craft Spirits® is the original, pre-eminent independent blender of unique, aged, cask strength whiskey and rum. Recognized for our blending expertise since 2013, we skillfully design, produce, and launch leading, unique products that surprise and delight whiskey aficionados and novices alike.

Barrell Craft Spirits®, Barrell®, Barrell Bourbon® and Barrell Rye® are registered trademarks owned by Barrell Craft Spirits LLC.

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