Tuesday, December 2, 2008

BT Launches Repeal Day Tour.

More Repeal Day news is coming in as Friday approaches and you can take advantage of this one if you are or will be anywhere near Frankfort, Kentucky.

On Friday, December 5, the Buffalo Trace Distillery raises a glass to the Repeal of Prohibition with a new tour, called the "Post-Prohibition Bourbon Boom Tour."

Buffalo Trace was one of four distilleries that remained open legally during Prohibition, to sell whiskey for "medicinal purposes." Known at the time as the George T. Stagg Distillery, it began an expansion of its facilities as Prohibition was ending that started the Post-Prohibition Bourbon Boom. That "Bourbon Boom" lasted from 1933 (the end of Prohibition) to 1951 (the onset of the Korean War).

This architecturally-focused tour will take visitors through the great building expansion of the distillery during that period and will highlight the development happening today. The new tour will launch Friday, December 5th with tours scheduled for 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The tour is complimentary but reservations are requested. Following the tour guests can enjoy refreshments in the George T. Stagg Gift Shop and Gallery.

This new tour will be available as part of the Distillery’s regular tour offerings. Call 502-696-5926 for reservations and tour times.

Buffalo Trace is a family-owned company based in Franklin County, Kentucky. Its rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787. In addition to its namesake Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the company makes other venerable brands such as Blanton's Single Barrel, Van Winkle, Ancient Age, W. L. Weller, Old Charter, Eagle Rare, Benchmark, Virginia Gentleman, Sazerac Rye, and others.


antiquebourbon said...

I am a bourbon lover in Tokyo.
What distillery was made a whiskey in prohibition?
please teach me another 3distilleries.
In prohibition, 6 distilleries was made a medicinal whiskey.
what 2 distilleries was made ?

Chuck Cowdery said...

These numbers came from Buffalo Trace. There were a certain number of licenses authorized but only some were granted. They didn't really keep operating as distilleries but the licensed companies were able to sell whiskey that had been made before Prohibition started. By the end, that supply was running low and some new distilling was done, but that was also in anticipation of Repeal. Brown-Forman had one of the licenses too.