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1900

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1900

The Gilded Age ends and Albert B. Blanton is appointed as Still House, Warehouse and Bottling Superintendent

1904

The Distillery is re-christened as the George T. Stagg Distillery

1919

The 18th Amendment establishing Prohibition in Jan. 1920 is ratified and the Volstead Act is passed to guide its enforcement. Distillery is one of very few to receive permit to bottle medicinal whiskey and even fewer permitted to produce new whiskey from 1930 to 1933

1921

Albert B. Blanton becomes President of the George T. Stagg Distillery

1929 The Distillery is purchased by Schenley Distillers Corporation

1933

Schenley begins a massive expansion program that culminates in 1935-1937 with a new state-of-the-art distillery complex

1933

Prohibition ends with only four distilleries in Kentucky capable of producing whiskey

1935

Warehouse H, the Distillery’s only “metal-clad” warehouse, is the first of seven massive new warehouses built before World War II

1937

The great flood inundates the distillery, cresting at 17 feet above the power plant, four feet above Warehouse H

1942 The Distillery produces its one millionth barrel after Prohibition

1949

Elmer T. Lee joins the Distillery
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1953

Warehouse "V," the world's only "single barrel" warehouse, is built in celebration of the two millionth barrel

1984

The Distillery introduces Blanton's, the world's first single-barrel bourbon

1992

The Distillery is finally returned to a family-owned business, being purchased by the Sazerac Company

1999

Distillery renovations are completed and rechristened as THE BUFFALO TRACE Distillery. The Distillery's new flagship brand - BUFFALO TRACE - is launched

2000

The Buffalo Trace Distillery is awarded Whisky Advocate's "Distillery of the Year" - the first American distillery to win this prestigious international award

2005

Harlen Wheatley becomes Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace

2008

The Distillery produces the six millionth barrel after Prohibition

2010

Distillery is named Whisky Magazine's "Visitor Attraction of the Year"

2011 Recognized as "Brand Innovator of the Year" by Whisky Magazine

2013

Buffalo Trace Distillery named a National Historic Landmark

2013

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye is named World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

2014

Distillery is named Whiskey Magazine's "Whiskey Distiller of the Year, America"

2015 Distillery purchases land and expands to over 400 acres

As the next chapter of Buffalo Trace Distillery unfolds, we remain proud of our heritage as well as excited to boldly blaze new trails.