COVID-19: What to expect when Visiting Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Buffalo Trace Distillery has been following the global spread of COVID-19 which has allowed us to refine and progressively implement new protocol.

After months of careful planning, we are thrilled to announce we will be reopening to visitors on July 1. We are implementing many new procedures to address safety for our visitors and staff.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present, and these policies follow expert guidance to maximize visitors’ health and safety.  As with other organizations, Buffalo Trace Distillery has a phased approach.  You can check out the video above and find our policies for Phase 1 below.  

Visiting Buffalo Trace Distillery:

  • Please check the Visit Us page to determine operating days and hours.
  • The Buffalo Trace Distillery Visitor Center / Gift Shop will have limited capacity based on social distancing requirements.
  • All visitors must have a temperature screen onsite.  The screening process will include a series of questions that must be answered.  The questions are related to whether you have had potential exposure to COVID-19 and currently have symptoms related to COVID-19.  Based on your answers to the questions, you may be asked to leave along with your travel companions.  Those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to leave along with their travel companions.
  • All visitors must wear masks while on property.  This policy applies to everyone except children under the age of 2 years old.  We can provide a mask if you forget yours.
  • All visitors must be registered for an activity (tour, tasting, event) or be onsite to visit our Gift Shop.  You will have a band to indicate you have completed a temperature screen.
  • No visitors may be on the Buffalo Trace Distillery campus without a wristband which indicates you have completed our steps for entry.  Any visitor onsite without a wristband will be asked to complete the check in process or exit the property if they are not intending to register with the Visitor Center.
  • No cash transactions in the Gift Shop.
  • Playground and photography around the grounds will be available for those who have registered for an activity only.
  • All visitors will be required to give contact information for any activity or Gift Shop access.  This information is for contact tracing only.

Tours:

  • All tours are complimentary, but reservations must be pre-registered through our website.  You can access the reservation system through our website.  Our tour selection may be limited due to restrictions for social distancing.
  • During our first phase of reopening we will not offer the Hard Hat or Ghost Tours.  We will offer the Trace Tour, Bourbon Barrel Tour, Old Taylor Tour and Expansion Tour.
  • Tour visitors may enter the Visitor Center no more than 10 minutes in advance of their tour.
  • A text message with Visitor Center entrance instructions will come to the registrant 10 minutes prior to their tour departure.
  • If tour visitors arrive earlier, they may wait in their vehicle, or queue to enter the Gift Shop.
  • Tour size is strictly enforced, and we cannot guarantee tour availability.
  • All visitors must wear masks during their tour unless the tour guide indicates it is safe to remove them.
  • Tour routes will not include extended access to confined spaces.  Where possible, tour stops will have social distancing markers to assist with proper visitor spacing.
  • Tour routes will not include areas where staff are actively working, including Blanton’s Bottling Hall. 
  • Tour stops will be sanitized in between tours.

Tastings:

  • All tastings are complimentary, but reservations must be pre-registered through our system.  You can access the reservation system through our website.
  • Tasting visitors may enter the Visitor Center no more than 10 minutes in advance of their tour.
  • A text message with Visitor Center entrance instructions will come to the registrant 10 minutes prior to their tour departure.
  • If tasting visitors arrive earlier, they may wait in their vehicle, or queue to enter the Gift Shop.
  • Tasting size is strictly enforced, and we cannot guarantee tour availability.
  • Visitors may remove their mask during the tasting.
  • Tasting rooms will be set to accommodate social distancing.
  • All tasting equipment will be single use and all surfaces will be sanitized in between uses.

Events:

  • Event capacities and seating arrangements will be dictated by safety standards and strictly enforced.
  • In order to attend an event at Buffalo Trace Distillery, our guests must have an onsite temperature check.  The screening process will include a series of questions that must be answered.  The questions are related to whether you have had potential exposure to COVID-19 and currently have symptoms related to COVID-19.  Based on your answers to the questions, you may be asked to leave along with your travel companions.  
  • All guests will be required to wear masks during their visit.
  • Event guests will be required to give their contact information during check in for contact tracing.
  • Event vendors such as caterers, furniture rental companies, etc. will follow strict safety protocol and PPE requirements.
  • Event tour sizes will be strictly enforced and coordinated by the onsite event manager.
  • Regular tour and tasting safety protocol will apply to event tour guests.
  • During business hours, event guests may queue to enter the Gift Shop.
  • After-hours access to the Gift Shop will be determined based on staff availability.