Our Company


Family Owned & Operated

Barrel 53 is a family-owned and operated whiskey barrel cooperage and stave manufacturer. Surrounded by Missouri White Oak, our landscape provides the perfect materials for our barrels. We take pride in our craftsmanship, handling each barrel with purpose and care. Using our stave mill and cooperage, each barrel is handmade by a Barrel 53 master craftsman. Every barrel is aged and refined using premium Missouri White Oak. Our unique charring process uses oak chips, not propane, and results in the perfect vessel to age bourbon.

Let our family build the perfect whiskey barrel for you.


Barrel 53’s story begins with a deeply-rooted family history in mill and wood work. For generations, the Berendzen family has loved the art of craftsmanship and handmade, one-of-a-kind, whiskey barrel construction. The Midwest Stave Exchange in Missouri opened in the fall of 2012. Just under two years later, in the spring of 2014, the Midwest Stave Exchange in Arkansas opened. Barrel 53 Cooperage opened it’s doors in the fall of 2014 with a specific skillset to provide top quality White Oak, hand graded staves and crafted barrels.