Old Forester Celebrates Founder George Garvin Brown’s Birthday with 20th Iteration of Birthday Bourbon

George Garvin Brown was a pharmaceutical salesman and became the first to seal his whiskey, Old Forester, in a glass bottle – an innovation the spirit industry still uses today. As the brand behind the First Bottled Bourbon™, Old Forester has had its share of historical milestones in its 150-year history, with quality and consistency remaining at the forefront.

The 2020 Birthday Bourbon will be bottled at 98 proof and is made up of 95 barrels, aged 10 years and barreled on June 5, 2010. After showing exceptionally unique character during a tasting panel, the 10-year-old barrels were chosen specifically for this year’s Birthday Bourbon. The full allotment of the product represents one day’s production of Old Forester.

“Being part of the Birthday Bourbon selection process is one of my favorite parts of my job because of the legacy and tradition this expression represents,” said Jackie Zykan, Old Forester Master Taster. “We’re really proud of what we’ve produced this year and think it’s a great way to celebrate George’s birthday and Old Forester’s historic anniversary.”

This is the third Birthday Bourbon to be bottled at the Old Forester Distilling Co. on Louisville’s Historic Whiskey Row. Hand-selected by Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Taster Jackie Zykan, this small batch bourbon offers a unique character and flavor profile that will never be replicated.

“Founded by my great-great-grandfather, Old Forester the only bourbon brand with an uninterrupted ­150-year history, sold by the same family company before, during and after Prohibition,” said Campbell Brown, Old Forester President. “Birthday Bourbon is the perfect way to celebrate his birthday and this milestone year makes it even more special. Its annual release has become something that bourbon lovers anticipate, and we really believe that the 2020 version is one of our best yet.”

Since 2002, Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon has been a favorite amongst whiskey enthusiasts, receiving a multitude of awards and recognition throughout the years.

The 2020 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is offered at a suggested retail price of $129.99. Birthday Bourbon will be available for purchase nationwide on an extremely limited basis. To find where you can purchase this year’s exclusive Birthday Bourbon, check out OldForester.com for a retailer near you.


Color: Dusty Topaz

Aroma: A nuanced balance of white floral notes, magnolia and citrus, spiced with vanilla, buttery leather, and cocoa powder. Countering the spice are sprinkles of brown sugar, white chocolate shavings, caramel drizzle, and hints of tropical fruit.

Taste: Caramel and brittle toffee lead as the tropical character blooms into a banana, mango, coconut flakes, and macadamia nut.

Finish: Long and delicately drying with a hint of anise.