Bourbon + Water

For more than 150 years, two of Louisville’s most iconic industries have created great drinks. 

1780

City of Louisville chartered

1783

Distillers already making whiskey

1803
Louisiana Purchase opens markets for trade

Whiskey can now be shipped downriver from KY

1830
Opening of Louisville & Portland Canal

Shipping of whiskey made easier and cheaper

1830

Tavernkeeper Augustus Bulleit creates own bourbons

1860
Louisville Water Company pumps first water

Distillers charged $.10 per barrel tariff

1870

Water connected to first distillery for fire protection

1909

Louisville Water began filtering water

1935

Stitzel-Weller Distillery opened on Derby Day

1937

Louisville Water installs 12" mains to Dixie Highway for fire protection

1938

Water connected to Stitzel-Weller Distillery for fire service

1944

Water service installed to Stitzel-Weller Distillery

1987

Thomas E. Bulleit revives old family recipe

1992

Stitzel-Weller ceased distilling operations

2014

Steitzel-Weller Distillery re-opens to the public featuring the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience

2017

Louisville Water and Stitzel-Weller unveil Bourbon + Water graphic, which highlights importance of water in the entire distilling process