Buffalo Trace creates micro distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making a name for itself in the past several years, with a trio of “Distillery of the Year” awards and a pair of “Distiller of the Year” honors twice since 2000. It also has collected more than 150 awards for its various premium whiskies.

Not content to rest on his laurels, master distiller Harlen Wheatley (right) has announced creation of a micro distillery that will go on line in the fall.

The project is targeted at speeding up the pace of Buffalo Trace's experimental whiskey program, the distillation of new ultra premium vodkas, and further development of the company's organic spirits line.

"Our yeast room, sitting between the fermentation building and still house, is of a size to easily accommodate the new micro distillery. It is also perfectly located for connection to our existing systems," Wheatley said.

"We are very excited about the flexibility the micro will give us. We will now have the ability to run very small batches of experiments. Fundamentally, we will be able to distill anything."

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Franklin County, KY, dating back to 1787. The distillery is listed on the National Historic Register.

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