Independent Blender’s First Non-Cask Strength Offering is an Easy-drinking, Full-flavored Bourbon at 100 Proof

Louisville, KY (April 4, 2024) – Barrell Craft Spirits® (BCS) today announced that Barrell Foundation, the original independent blender’s first non-cask strength bourbon, was awarded a Platinum Medal at the 2024 L.A. Spirits Awards. The competition employs a blind tasting system to ensure that judges focus on the quality of each entry and are uninfluenced by information that might invoke favoritism or prejudices. 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.

“We’re thrilled that Barrell Foundation, our first non-cask strength bourbon, won a Platinum Medal from the L.A. Spirits Awards,” said BCS Founder Joe Beatrice. “We applied the same meticulous, scientific approach to blending this 100-proof release that we put behind all our products. We welcomed the challenge to show that we can produce great bourbon whiskey at a more approachable strength and price for all occasions.”

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

  • Whisky Advocate rating of 91 points
  • World Whiskies Awards 2024 Best Blended Bourbon
  • Whiskey Raiders 2023 Best Whiskey Awards

Barrell Foundation tastes great 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., has a suggested retail price of $59.99 per 750ml bottle.

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. Our cask-strength small-batch and single-barrel releases have quickly become an influencing force in American whiskey, winning awards from the world’s most prestigious distilled spirits publications and competitions. Barrell Craft Spirits®, Barrell®, Barrell Bourbon® and Barrell Rye® are registered trademarks owned by Barrell Craft Spirits LLC.

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