History

Kelvin Cooperage has been family run since it was founded in 1963 on the banks of the River Kelvin in Glasgow, Scotland. Kelvin has served the major distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and worldwide continuously since its formation.

In 1991, Kelvin relocated to Louisville, Kentucky in order to take advantage of Louisville’s proximity to Bourbon Country and to the supply of the finest American oak for barrel production. Kelvin now supplies new and used barrels to leading craft distilleries throughout the world. Today, brothers Kevin McLaughlin and Paul McLaughlin own and operate Kelvin Cooperage.

To best meet our clients’ needs, we constantly strive to obtain the best oak and utilize the most current machinery while remaining true to time-tested traditional cooperage techniques. Our dedication to maintaining the highest level of quality and service is evident in the care taken at every step of the coopering process. This ensures that every distillery receives a highly crafted, subtly flavored, American oak barrel at an exceptional value.