New Still will Double Whiskey Production and be part of Hard Hat Tour
FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Feb. 9, 2023) – Whiskey making will be at an all-time high at Buffalo Trace Distillery now that its new still house has officially been
commissioned. The new still stands 40 feet tall and can produce 60,000 gallons a day. It is a duplicate of Buffalo Trace’s existing still, allowing the Distillery to double production on fan favorites such as Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Weller, Blanton’s, E.H. Taylor Jr., and the rest of the whiskies in its portfolio.
“We are really looking forward to starting up our new still so we can make more bourbon
whiskey for our fans,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller. “The new stillhouse is adjacent to
the existing stillhouse. We put a lot of work into matching our existing still to ensure the whiskey
we produce remains consistent. We will be in full production with both stills in the coming days.”
Fans will be able to see the new stillhouse up close when they take Buffalo Trace’s new
Hard Hat tour, expanded with a new tour route and new sites. The Hard Hat tour has always been
a “must see” when visiting Buffalo Trace, but due to the Distillery’s on-going construction of the
still house and other key elements of the tour, it has been unavailable since 2019. Now guests will
not only get to see the new still house, but some of Buffalo Trace’s other additions as part of its
$1.2 billion expansion, including its new awe-inspiring cookers, which span three floors at 22 feet
tall, peek inside the Distillery’s 93,000 gallon fermenters, and explore the new dry house, which
can produce 12,000 pounds of dried grain per hour. The new Hard Hat tour will last approximately
90 minutes and includes a tasting after the tour. There is no charge for the tour or tasting.
Buffalo Trace’s Trace Tour, long the stalwart of bourbon tour offerings, has also been
expanded, and will include more insight into the bourbon process and production through a mix
of technology and new tour stops in the barrel filling and dumping areas. The Trace Tour and
Hard Hat Tour join Buffalo Trace’s Old Taylor Tour. All tours and tastings are complimentary
and start and end in Buffalo Trace’s Visitor Center, which was expanded in 2020 and now
encompasses 33,000 square feet total, which has come in handy as Buffalo Trace welcomed
470,507 guests in 2022 to its Distillery!
“We are so excited to welcome new and repeat guests to come see our new stillhouse and
experience our new tour offerings, said Tyler Adams, general manager, homeplace. “The major
expansion projects are now complete, so we have lots of new areas visitors can see on both our
Hard Hat Tour and our expanded Trace Tour. Plus, we’re really looking forward to having more
bourbon for our thirsty fans in a few years, now that we’re doubling production.”
Guests who would like to visit Buffalo Trace are encouraged to visit its FAQ page on its
website to learn about its product offerings for tasting and purchasing, recommendations on tour
companies, and other tips and tricks. Tour reservations are recommended and can be made here.
Reservations for each of the tours, including the newly expanded Trace and Hard Hat Tours, are
currently being accepted through March. Visitors interested in any tour should join the waitlist on
the reservation site if they do not see availability.
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes
such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its George T. Stagg was named World Whiskey of the Year for 2022 and its Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye was named 2nd Finest Whiskey in the World for 2022. Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.