BARDSTOWN, KY – Big news just splashed in the Bourbon Capital of The World. Sazerac owned 1792 Barton Distillery just announced yesterday via social media that effective June 30th, 2022, it will NO longer offer public tours.
Noted in their Facebook post,”If you’ve ALREADY booked a tour prior to June 30th, it will be honored.“
Here is the entire passage from yesterday’s FB post:
Today we’re sharing an important update regarding tour operations at Barton 1792 Distillery: after careful review of our brand needs, plant capacity, safety, and practicality we have made the decision to no longer offer public tours at the Distillery effective June 30. Instead, we’ll concentrate Barton 1792 Distillery on what it does best: producing the world’s best whiskey. If you’ve already booked a tour or visit prior to June 30, 2022, it will happen as planned.
We thank you for your support over the years and hope to welcome you to one of our other homeplaces in the future.
Can’t help to note we’re a bit sad to see this from the public view. Barton 1792 was a gritty “real” tour experience. Not the country club scene. No fancy horse farms in sight. As they noted for reasons of shutting down the public tours, just a core focus on making damn good whiskey. Hard to argue against that at the end of the day.
Now, if Buffalo Trace Distillery decided to follow suit, well, that would be a different story:)