After surviving Prohibition, the Great Depression, floods and two World Wars while never ceasing to produce whiskey, Buffalo Trace Distillery is now working its way through a global pandemic.
The Frankfort-based distillery is in the middle of a US$1.2 billion infrastructural investment, and despite the current uncertainty it has continued to make great strides during the past year. However, Buffalo Trace does predict it will be a few more years before their supply catches up with the demand from consumers.
During the past 12 months, the Distillery has undergone the installation of four new cookers, four fermenters, a new high-speed bottling hall, as well as completing the construction of another three barrel warehouses.
Tours of Buffalo Trace Distillery resumed July 1, allowing guests to see the expanded visitor centre. The space backs up to the recently completed fermenter expansion and includes additional tasting rooms with more retail space, allowing the distillery to accommodate for the ever-increasing interest in Bourbon.
“Although we’ve been increasing production on all of our Bourbons for the past several years, the consumer demand also continues to increase,” said Kris Comstock, senior marketing director. “We understand fans are frustrated when they can’t find our brands on liquor store shelves. While we are bottling and shipping record amounts, overall demand outstrips supply, and as a result our brands will continue to remain allocated to ensure every state receives some each month.”
Allocations of favorite brands like Eagle Rare, Weller, Blanton’s and E.H. Taylor are increasing faster with each passing year and at the same time BuffaloTrace has been able to unveil several new whiskeys, such as Weller Full Proof and Weller Single Barrel, Double Eagle Very Rare, Blanton’s Gold in the United States, Old Charter Oak, and several others.
“We promise we are doing everything we can to make more, as evidenced by our progress we’ve made in the past year with our expansion,” said master distiller Harlen Wheatley. “But great Bourbon does take time to age, and we won’t comprise age, taste, or proof just to fill more bottles. We’re just asking our fans to remain patient as we wait for our stocks to mature.”
To see a video of the progress Buffalo Trace has made on its $1.2 billion expansion in the past year, click here.