Kentucky distilleries prep for July 1 reopening

It’s been an interesting couple of years at the Barton 1792 distillery in Bardstown.

In 2018, one of its warehouses collapsed and destroyed 18,000 bottles of bourbon. Last year, three mash tanks were damaged, releasing 120,000 gallons of mash into nearby streams.

Warehouse H at Barton 1792
Warehouse H at Barton 1792

And this year, the coronavirus crisis has kept its doors closed to visitors for several months now. But July 1, Barton 1792 is scheduled to reopen for business.

The distillery will open with what it’s calling “enhanced accommodations for offering the safest possible distillery experience.”

Barton 1792 has expanded its gift shop and visitor center, in order to create more space to allow for social distancing. “New safety and sanitation protocols” also are in place, and all guests will be required to wear face masks, according to a statement from the distillery.

All visitors must register at

Buffalo Trace, in Frankort, also is planning for the July 1 reopening. It, too, has expanded its visitor center to allow for social distancing.

Guests will be required to wear face masks, and they will also need to share some personal information in the event that contact tracing is necessary. Click here to register your visit.

Curbside sales are continuing at both distilleries.

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