Buffalo Trace will welcome guests back to the National Historic Landmark Distillery on July 1, with a distinct focus on offering visitors the safest possible environment for their bourbon experience.
Visitors can expect to be immersed in the same rich history and to see the oldest continually operating distillery in action, but alongside new measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and government recommendations.
Guests will be required to register for a tour or event in advance of their visit in order for the distillery to efficiently manage tour and group sizes and ensure social distancing. The distillery grounds and playground will only be available to guests who have registered and checked-in, and this includes use of the grounds for photography.
Arriving guests will need to check in, where their individual contact information will be recorded in the event that contact tracing needs to be performed, and have their temperature taken. Guests will also be asked to wear a face mask, with the distillery providing them for anyone who forgets theirs. Visitors can take comfort in knowing that all employees at the distillery will also be wearing face masks and will have had their temperatures taken upon entrance.
Tours and events will be kept to small, comfortable groups to allow for social distancing, and protective shields have been installed at the bars and cash registers. Gift shop capacity will also be limited to allow for safe, enjoyable shopping experiences.
To make social distancing a little easier, Buffalo Trace will be reopening with a newly expanded visitor center which is three times the size of the original, and which will allow ample space and comfort for guests exploring the gift shop or the new expansive tasting rooms.
These safeguards, in addition to the expanded visitor center, will allow guests to explore decades of bourbon-making history, sample award-winning products, and experience the charm of this National Historic Landmark, while ensuring their safety. All tours and tastings remain complimentary.
“We are taking every step we can to address the health, safety and comfort of our guests to ensure the best experience possible,” Homeplace Development Director Meredith Moody said. “Our goal is to create a safe haven for all visitors while providing the same rich history and experiences for which we’re known. We can’t wait to reopen to the public and show guests our expanded visitor center and tasting rooms.”
Operating hours for Buffalo Trace Distillery will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Registrations for the Trace Tour, Old Taylor Tour, Bourbon Barrel Tour and Expansion Tour can be made at www.tours.buffalotracedistillery.com. Curbside sales will also continue, and to place an order visit www,buffalotracegiftshop.com.
A complete list of new safety procedures, along with information about enacted sanitation measures and protective equipment in use can be found here. Full details about what to expect will be provided to guests upon registration.