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Evan Williams Bourbon Experience shows Williams' perspective

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Visitors will be able to see the distillery. Visitors will be able to see the distillery.
Period based videos of Evan Williams will be show at the Evans Williams Experience. Period based videos of Evan Williams will be show at the Evans Williams Experience.
Evan Williams, Kentucky's first commercial distiller, was a strong force in Louisville. Evan Williams, Kentucky's first commercial distiller, was a strong force in Louisville.
The Evan Williams Experience features a recreation of Louisville's town hall. The Evan Williams Experience features a recreation of Louisville's town hall.
Larry Kass Larry Kass

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you love bourbon, history, Louisville or all of the above you'll be very happy Friday morning.  

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Main Street opens to the public at 10 a.m.

Visitors will be able to see the distillery, taste Evan Williams and also get the unique opportunity to walk through recreations of colonial times and watch period-based video clips of Williams.

A recreation of Louisville's town hall shows Evan Williams, Kentucky's first commercial distiller, was a strong force in the city.

"A re-creation of the Louisville town hall as it would have been in 1790 on the stormy night when Evan Williams was elected as wharf master of Louisville," Heaven Hill Director of Corporate Communications Larry Kass said.

The next stop on the tour is a video of actors portraying Williams and his colleagues down by the Ohio River.

Actors from Walden and Actor's Theater of Louisville transport visitors to Williams' time.

"We've got Broadhead's store which was the first general store here in Louisville," Kass said. "On this side you've got a vista of what the river and the wharf would have looked like in 1790."

Next to the view of the river is video of the replicated homes and tasks of colonial Louisville.

Visitors will then walk through a distillery that was like the one Williams used. Video of an actor portraying Williams will play against the brick wall.

"It's going to be Evan instructing his new apprentice, because he's in the distillery now, how the distillery works," Kass said.

Those practices are still used today, where people can observe just a few rooms over where bourbon is actually distilled.

"Because bourbon is distilled twice, we have two pot stills, the first is called the beer still that's where the first will go in for the first distillation," Kass said.

It will be collected and then run through the second still which is called the whiskey still.

After the tour, visitors can taste the bourbon in two tasting rooms along a replicated main street through Louisville's history of alcohol.

For a full glass, there is a speakeasy in the basement.

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is the first downtown Louisville distillery in Bourbon Trail.

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