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KACIE GOODE/The Kentucky Standard
A bourbon barrel is loaded into the back of a Falls City van for transport Monday morning. Willett Distillery invited dozens of Kentucky craft brewers out to pick up barrels, which will be used for a brewing experiment.
‘Bourbon and beer’

Willett Distillery and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers are collaborating on an experiment, which will recycle charred oak barrels for a special beer showcase to be released in Louisville this summer.

A mix of bourbon and beer experts gathered Monday morning inside the Bardstown distillery’s newly finished visitor’s center to kick off the collaboration, which was attended by 25 craft brewers from around the state. The event allowed the brewers to pick up the used barrels, which will be recycled for the purpose of creating barrel-aged beer.