The Colonel


24” x 48”

Made-to-Order Item


The Colonel is the perfect addition to any home or business. In the creation process, every other bourbon barrel stave is flipped, showing the charred inside of the barrel to create the stripes. Between the grain of the wood, the uniqueness of the rustic white oak, and raised elements that are featured on the flag, this hand-crafted beauty will truly be a conversation piece wherever it hangs.

  • Hand-crafted by US Veterans
  • Veteran owned and operated
  • Made from bourbon barrels
  • Polyurethane finishing coat
  • Made in the USA
  • Dimensions: 24” x 48”
  • Weight: 33 lbs.
  • Felted back
  • Hanging rings attached

IMPORTANT: Please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery. All our flags are handcrafted by veterans, and The Colonel is made-to-order.

Larger sizes available upon request, please email for more information and quotes.

Cruise Customs Flags are more than a beautiful piece of art.  Each flag is totally handcrafted from repurposed Kentucky bourbon barrel staves by owner Chris Cruise and his wife Amber who create them in their workshop, after their regular day jobs.

Chris was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and returned to Kentucky where bourbon and horseracing are popular. Chris found bourbon barrels available to create, with the help of some donated tools, design and make the flags. But perhaps more importantly, he wanted to build a small business that would assist other returning veterans to transition back into civilian life.

“The bourbon barrels once served a good purpose, aging the fine Kentucky bourbon, so we wanted to provide veterans with the opportunity to seek a new purpose once they got out of the military.”  said Chris.

Chris has shipped the bourbon flags all across the country and has drawn the interest of a variety of folks including the Huffington Post and WDRB TV and WAVE3 TV in Louisville.


Check the story on WDRB 41 Louisville News

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