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Tourism up 18 percent at Frankfort’s Buffalo Trace Distillery

Kentucky bourbon distillers had a banner year in 2015, with a near record 5.7 million barrels aging in warehouses, such as this one at Buffalo Trace distillery, shown in 2009.
Kentucky bourbon distillers had a banner year in 2015, with a near record 5.7 million barrels aging in warehouses, such as this one at Buffalo Trace distillery, shown in 2009. teblen@herald-leader.com

Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort had a record 145,849 visitors in 2015, according to the distillery. That was an increase of 18 percent over the visits in 2014. Visits are up 190 percent since in five years.

The 243-year-old distillery, which makes some of the most popular and award-winning bourbons including Pappy Van Winkle and William Larue Weller, completed a $2.2 million expansion of the visitors center last spring to help ride the wave of bourbon tourism in Kentucky.

“Between the expansion, the opening of our Old Taylor House, the completion of our new technologically advanced 83,000-square-foot distribution center, and the additional 282 acres of land we purchased to start our own farm-to-table bourbon, we’ve had very eventful year at Buffalo Trace Distillery,” said Meredith Moody, marketing services director.

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