Buffalo Trace Distillery
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, 40601
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, owned by the Sazerac Company. Its namesake bourbon brand, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, was introduced in August 1999.
Records indicate that distilling started on the site that is now the Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1775 by Hancock Lee. In 1870 the distillery was purchased by Edmund H. Taylor and given its first name, the Old Fire Copper Distillery.
Taylor sold the distillery eight years later to George T. Stagg along with the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery. This second distillery was sold within the year to James Graham, in order to add more land to the O.F.C. Distillery. In 1886, Stagg installed steam heating in the storage warehouses, the first climate controlled warehouse for aging whiskey in the nation.
During Prohibition, the distillery was allowed to remain operational, in order to make whiskey for "medicinal purposes".
In October 2016, during renovations to convert a building to a meeting and event space, workers discovered the foundation of the original 1873 distillery building, which burned down in 1882, along with the remains of fermenters from that same year. The original distillery foundation was left in place after the fire and an expanded distillery building was built as a replacement.
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