FAQ

What are you doing in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, and what changes can I expect to my visit?

Your health and safety are our primary concern at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Please see a detailed list of policies and procedures related to visiting Buffalo Trace Distillery here.

How can I keep up to date with all the changes and news at Buffalo Trace Distillery?

We’d love to include you in our quarterly newsletter, Happenings at the Trace. Sign up here.

How much do the tours cost?

Our tours and tastings are complimentary but require reservations.

Do I need a reservation to take a tour?

Yes. Our Visit Us page will describe the tour opportunities and allow you to reserve a spot. Please note, due to our COVID-19 response, tour sizes are limited and strictly enforced. If you have a group, they may need to split up on multiple tours for safety reasons.

Is Buffalo Trace family friendly?

Yes. The Trace Tour is open to visitors of all ages. All other tours are open to guests that are 12 years of age and older and accompanied by an adult. Registered guests may also utilize our playground facilities.

Is the distillery ADA accessible?

The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are ADA accessible. The Trace Tour is ADA accessible.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes! We are dog friendly. Based on your tour, some buildings are not open to pets. Your tour guide will inform you if that is the case.

Where can I park?

There is a large parking lot on our grounds for comfortable, complimentary parking. Access our parking map here.

Is there RV and/or camper parking?

There are areas for parking RVs, large vehicles, and campers on the grounds.

What if I do not have time to take a tour? Can I just do a tasting or browse the Gift Shop?

You can register for a tasting here. We would love for you to come to our expanded gift shop. Due to social distancing guidelines, you may have to wait to enter the building.

What products do you have available to taste?

Due to our unique liquor license, we can allow limited products for tasting. We can offer 1 and ¾ ounces of tastings per visitor, per day. Our tastings are included at the conclusion of your tour or available as a stand-alone experience. All tours and tastings are complimentary and require registration.

We offer the following items for sample after the conclusion of our tours: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Eagle Rare Bourbon, Wheatley Vodka, Buffalo Trace Cream, Freddie’s Root Beer and Rebecca Ruth bourbon balls.

What spirits do you have available to purchase at the Gift Shop?

The following spirits are available for purchase on a limited basis:

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Eagle Rare Bourbon

White Dog Mash Bill #1

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon

E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch

Wheatley Vodka

Do you ship your spirits?

No, our spirits are only available in our Gift Shop. You can order them online for curbside pick up!  

What is your address?

Buffalo Trace Distillery

113 Great Buffalo Trace

Frankfort, KY 40601

How do I get there?

From Lexington

Take I-64 West toward Louisville. Get off at Exit 58 and turn right off the exit ramp onto US-60 West. Go straight for 5 miles and do not make any turns. This road becomes 421-North/and US 127 South and Wilkinson Blvd. The entrance to Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on your right. Look for our green plank fence and turn right through the big stone gates onto Great Buffalo Trace.

Travel Time: 30 minutes

From Louisville

Take I-64 East towards Frankfort. Get off interstate at Exit #53B/US 127 North. Go North on US 127 North for 5 miles. Turn left onto 421 SOUTH (still 127 North/ also Wilkinson Blvd) directly after you cross the Kentucky River and see the Capital Plaza Hotel directly in front of you. *NOTE: Do not turn left until you have completely crossed over the entire bridge. Ensure you do not turn onto 421 NORTH which is directly before you cross the Kentucky River. The Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on the left in one mile. Look for our green plank fence and turn left through the big stone gates onto Great Buffalo Trace.

Travel Time: 60 minutes

From Cincinnati

Take I-75 South to I-64 West. Take I-64 West toward Louisville. Get off at Exit 58 and turn right off the exit ramp onto US-60 West. Go straight for 5 miles and do not make any turns. This road becomes 421-North/and US 127 South and Wilkinson Blvd. The entrance to Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on your right. Look for our green plank fence and turn right through the big stone gates onto Great Buffalo Trace.

Travel Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

From Nashville

Take I-65 North towards Louisville. Take Exit 93 for Martha Layne Collins/ Bluegrass Parkway towards Bardstown/Lexington. Merge onto Martha Layne Collins/ Bluegrass Parkway. Take Exit 59B to merge into 127 N toward Lawrenceburg/Frankfort. Turn left onto 421 SOUTH (still 127 North/ also Wilkinson Blvd) directly after you cross the Kentucky River and see the Capital Plaza Hotel directly in front of you. *NOTE: Do not turn left until you have completely crossed over the entire bridge. Ensure you do not turn onto 421 NORTH which is directly before you cross the Kentucky River. The Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on the left in one mile. Look for our green plank fence and turn left through the big stone gates onto Great Buffalo Trace.

Travel Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

I don’t want to drive to the Distillery, can I get an Uber or Lyft?

Options for a taxi, Uber, or Lyft etc. are limited in Frankfort. We recommend using a car service if you do not want to drive to and from the Distillery.

Where should I spend the night?

For out-of-town guests or business associates, overnight accommodations are available at several nearby hotels. Click here for local maps and information for Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville.

Are there restaurants close to Buffalo Trace?

Downtown Frankfort has restaurant options. Check the Visit Frankfort website for details.

Does Buffalo trace have food options?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not have dining options onsite at Buffalo Trace.  

Are there other bourbon distilleries within driving distance of Buffalo Trace?

Kentucky is the bourbon capital of the world! We’re partial to Buffalo Trace but there are many great options to learn about the history, science and art of bourbon distillation. You can see more details about Kentucky distilleries here.

What else can I do while I’m in Kentucky?

Kentucky offers many fantastic experiences for all ages. Check out the KY Tourism Site for ideas while you’re in the Bluegrass State!