Dexter Three Wood Bourbon

Now Available on a Limited Basis at the Brain Brew Distillery or Select Liquor Stores

  1. DISCOVER Luxury Bourbon
  2. EXPLORE a Top 100 Spirit
  3. CREATE Memories with True Value
Top 100 Spirits Award
Ultimate Spirits Award Paddle Wheel

Dexter Straight Bourbon is one of the BEST BOURBONS IN THE WORLD!   

It’s the product we would bring to a “shoot-out at high noon” versus any bourbon in the world. It’s also our first product to win the coveted “Top 100 Spirits” award (one of just 20 bourbons and ryes on the list in 2020).  Most folks enjoy it neat or over ice.  That said –  it also makes for true luxury cocktails – if that’s how you prefer your bourbon. 

Dexter Fun Facts

  • The brand name was an easy decision. The best spirit in the world deserved a branding that is equally epic. In the 1800s, Edmund Dexter was a world famous American whiskey maker. Guests at his home on fourth street in Cincinnati included the Prince of Wales (future King George VII) and Charles Dickens.
  • Importantly, Edmund Dexter was an EXPERT whiskey maker not a distiller. He would buy special barrels from farmers and distillers. Then, he’d use his expertise, like brands such as Pappy Van Winkle did, to create world-class whiskey.
  • Our first bottling of Dexter was released on January 2, 2021.  It sold out in 57 minutes!
  • Dexter is crafted from a 36% rye straight bourbon
  • Dexter was a Covid project. When the world shutdown and our bottling moved from whiskey to hand sanitizer (we ended up giving away over 500,000 bottles worth of hand sanitizer), we challenged ourselves to create the ultimate bourbon – the result was Dexter.
Watching my son and spouse blend their custom bourbon has been fascinating. Such fun watching them create… and evaluate their creations. Great experience.

Shout out to the EXCELLENT BBCW host.
Katrina Stipe B.
23:07 14 Oct 22
We had a great experience. Might possibly have found my new favorite brand of bourbon! I love high end expensive bourbons, and this place goes head to head with the big brand names for a much better value. Most importantly, my wife only drinks seltzers, and this experience converted her to really enjoy whiskey. Big win for me, thank you!!!
Joe F.
14:19 23 Jul 22
So much fun to make our own craft bottle! Great experience!
Amber P.
00:37 10 Apr 22
Had a great experience make my own custom whiskey. Staff was friendly and very helpful.
David V.
21:01 01 Apr 22
went here for our company Christmas party and it was absolutely amazing! the atmosphere and people are great! I'm not a big bourbon fan but I think the fact you can get a custom made bottle is really cool and worth it.
Chelsea R.
02:29 10 Dec 21
Great Experience!!! Highly recommended!!! Great people!!!
Cayla Beckett A.
23:36 12 Nov 21
This place is amazing! A must do!
Steve C.
21:39 28 Aug 21
Great experience! We will be back!
Debbie Norris B.
00:03 22 Aug 21
The crew at Brain Brew are out of this world. They are knowledgeable and have some much advice to give. They are friendly and out going. This is a true place to take any bourbon drinker, bachelor party kick off, or if your just looking for something different. 10/10 in my book. I will be back to make another bottle!
Devon M.
22:13 17 Jul 21
Best gift ever!!Nephew's 60th Birthday! 1for him and 3 more to share!Everyone loved it. Planning a visit to Brain Brew to let everyone experiencethe fun and Whiskey made for each person.Thanks!
Steph H.
18:58 29 Jun 21
We did the online questionnaire to create a custom blend of whiskey. it tastes fantastic. Exactly as described. We are looking forward to do the experience in person!
Jeanne S.
22:38 27 Jun 21
Had an amazing time talking with Doug. Showed us the process and we made a special bourbon to bring home. Their Dexter bourbon is amazing! Took some as gifts out of state and everyone LOVED it! It is my husbands absolute favorite. We will definitely be back soon!
Jan R.
20:28 26 Jun 21
Loved the experience, something totally different from the regular distillery tour and a neat way to craft your own!!
Garald A.
19:18 26 Jun 21
Very cool craft bourbon concept - definitely worth checking out. The bourbon blending experience is novel & very fun and the base bourbon they use in the process is absolutely delicious. Just picked up my bottle of Dexter and it is very tasty.
Joe P.
13:53 19 Jun 21
The Brain Brew experience is one of the best I’ve ever had with whiskey. They not only treat you well from the first step in the door, they tear you like an old friend that they glad came to see them! We are like long customers! Oh did I mention the whiskeys are AMAZING!! I’m of huge fan of Dexter and my wife love Tall Stacks! Go visit, have a sip or take home a tasting package to find out what you like (because you will like some or all of their offerings)!
Ray L.
20:48 18 Jun 21
Love this place ...also Go UMaine!
Scott S.
18:35 29 May 21
My wife and I went to Brain Brew for a sampling on our anniversary. The facility was nice and the drinks were excellent. The process of trying different finishes and combining them to create your own was very interesting. I would recommend giving them a try if you're looking for something unique to celebrate!
Joseph H.
01:31 17 May 21
What an awesome, unique experience!! If you like whiskey this is a “can’t miss!” must-do experience!
Eric L.
21:40 15 May 21
fun, friendly, informative
Deb M.
23:35 11 May 21
It was a great experience
Joe K.
22:01 17 Apr 21
This place is fantastic! They will customize whiskey to your taste. We had an amazing time sampling all the varieties. My favorite is the 200 year old oak and maple wood samples. In the end you walk out with a bottle that’s hand and taste selected by you! Oh yeah- and you get to create your own label and customized name. So cool.
Corinne G.
23:15 10 Apr 21
awesome experience created my own online when I picked up had the pleasure of talking to one of the owners, and learned a lot can't wait to go back and do a tasting with friends.
James D.
00:10 06 Apr 21
This was a very fun and interesting experience. Very intriguing how they create the flavors and it was really an experience blending your own personal taste. Highly recommended.
Michael D.
22:49 03 Apr 21
OM GOODNESS!! I had the experience of my life blending my own custom whiskey, and OH, BOY is it good!! The best whiskey in Cincinnati!!
Timothy S.
21:32 21 Mar 21
I loved being able to "create" my own whiskey. It is mighty tasty, too!
Wendy Hart B.
00:50 04 Mar 21
The testing and blending of the bourbons was so much fun. It was packed with a bit of history too. Very much enjoyed myself and I am not a bourbon drinker. I think whether you drink bourbon or not, this is an exceptional experience to have.
Barbara B.
19:29 24 Feb 21
Had an awesome tome learning more about the entire process. Sitting down and watching the intuitive video while making and sampling your own bourbon was awesome. Great for team building or just a fun night out with friends. Highly recommend and definitely will be back.
Brian H.
00:32 21 Feb 21
I took the survey and was pleasantly surprised that everything I wanted was crafted perfectly. Great job.

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Marc J.
16:29 29 Jan 21
If you’re looking for a fun gift for someone or even yourself definitely give their custom bottle a try. Answer thirteen quick questions and they’ll create a whiskey equation made just for you. Bonus! You get to name your bottle too. Flavor profile was great. Bottle was cute. I gifted it to myself because hey it was Christmastime.
Amanda M.
22:53 21 Jan 21
Great experience. I have done many Bourbon tastings with master distillers. All were good. But this one, even when using a video guide, was fun. It was interesting to play with flavors and mix them. Can’t wait to drink the custom crafted bottle. Unlike anything I had done previously.
Matt S
14:41 10 Jan 21
great experience allowing you to personalize your "brew".... and their house brands are great too!
Theresa Meiser O.
22:55 26 Dec 20
What an amazing experience!! Learning more information on blending and the process was very well designed!! I will be back!!
Rich K.
11:39 25 Dec 20
very good experience, teaches you a new way, like distillery masters, on how to custom blend your tasre.
Jeff B.
22:45 12 Dec 20
Great experience! Loved learning about, sampling and creating our bourbon! Highly recommend to any bourbon enthusiasts or first timers. Staff was excellent and atmosphere was inviting!
Dennis Michael H.
00:29 22 Nov 20
Had a great time mixing and creating a personal bourbon blend. Was a wonderful way to spend a couple hours!
Becky Massie H.
01:56 11 Oct 20
They give back to community and are a true hidden gem I. The Queen City
Tiffany Niehaus E.
23:25 02 May 20


Bitter Chocolate, Orange Peel, and Vanilla nose. A Palate of Earthy, Peppery Rye combines with Cherry, Caramel and Cocoa gives way to a long and supple finish


Dexter is a product that is most often drank neat or over ice. That said, it also makes for luxurious cocktails. Here are three of our favorites. 

Charles Dickens Bourbon Smash

In 1842, Charles Dickens stayed with Edmund Dexter at his home in Cincinnati. Dickens was a fan of mint juleps. The recipe below is a modernized version of a recipe he shared with fellow writer Washington Irving. The drink is a cross between a mint julep and a sour (using orange instead of the classic lemon).


  • 1 Orange Wedge 
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 oz of Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz of Dexter


Combine the orange, mint leaves and simple syrup in a shaker and muddle together. Next, add 2 oz of Dexter and shake for 12 seconds. Serve in a chilled coupe glass or in an old fashioned glass with fresh ice.

Prince of Wales Cocktail

In 1860, the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII) stayed with Edmund Dexter at his home in Cincinnati. He is credited with this cocktail in a book written by a member of the royal household. We’ve modernized it to the tastes of today. 


  • 2 oz of Dexter
  • 1 tsp. of Simple Syrup 
  • 1 tsp. of Pineapple Juice
  • Dash of Angostura or Brain Brew 1862 bitters
  • 1 oz Sparkling Water or Champagne


Combine Dexter, syrup, juice and bitters in shaker. Shake the ingredients with ice for 12 seconds. Pour in glass with ice and finish with 1 oz of sparkling wine or champagne.

Paper Plane Cocktail 

This is a modern classic invented in 2008 by Sam Ross of New York City.  It strikes a beautiful balance between bitter, sour and herbal notes. 


  • 3/4 ounce of Aperol
  • 3/4 ounce of Dexter 
  • 3/4 ounce of Amaro Nonimo
  • 3/4 ounce of lemon juice.


Combine ingredients in shaker and shake with ice for 12 seconds. Serve in a chilled coupe glass over fresh ice.