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Buffalo Trace Dedicates New Stillhouse, Debuts Expanded Tours

Buffalo Trace Distillery can now brag that its whiskey making will be at an all-time high, thanks to the new still house they recently officially commissioned.

According to a statement from Buffalo Trace, the new still is 40 feet tall and can make 60,000 gallons of whiskey a day.

In fact, it’s a duplicate of Buffalo Trace’s existing still, allowing the distillery to double production on their current brands in the portfolio such as Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Weller, Blanton’s, and E.H. Taylor Jr.

Buffalo Trace New Stillhouse
Buffalo Trace Distillery can now brag that its whiskey making will be at an all-time high, thanks to the new still house they recently officially commissioned. (image via Buffalo Trace)

“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 … and we will be in full production with both stills in the coming days.”

Whiskey enthusiasts can 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 distiller noted that the Hard Hat tour was always a fan favorite, but due to the Distillery’s on-going construction of the still house and other key elements of the tour, it’s been unavailable since 2019.

Now, guests can see the new still house and other Buffalo Trace’s additions as part of its $1.2-billion expansion, including the new 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 lasts about 90 minutes and includes a tasting after the tour. There is no charge for the tour or tasting.

Buffalo Trace’s “Trace Tour” is also expanding 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 free and start and end in Buffalo Trace’s Visitor Center, which was expanded in 2020 and now encompasses 33,000-square-feet total.

“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, Homeplace general manager. “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.”

Those who want to visit Buffalo Trace can get more information and make tour reservations at www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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