Buzzard’s Roost Eyes Spring Opening of New Louisville Facility


February 8, 2023

Buzzard's Roost three bottles sales

Buzzard’s Roost Sipping Whiskeys will expand with its own micro-distillery and tasting room in downtown Louisville, at 624 W. Main Street. The space is currently in the final stages of completion and is estimated to open this spring.

The 6,000-square foot space will offer a full 360-degree Buzzard’s Roost experience. The space will house a micro-distillery that will produce from five to seven barrels of new-make bourbon or rye per week, complementing Buzzard’s Roost’s sourced whiskies, which are currently re-barreled and bottled at Bardstown Bourbon Company in Bardstown, KY. There will also be a large bar, tasting room and retail space to welcome visitors.

“This is an important next step for us,” says Buzzard’s Roost CEO and co-founder Judy Hollis Jones. “We’ve had significant success expanding our distribution into 10 states plus Canada in the last three years, and we launched our online shop in late 2022. The new micro-distillery and tasting room will let even more people – including the growing number of visitors to Louisville – experience Buzzard’s Roost bourbons and rye whiskeys in fun and creative ways.”

The new Buzzard’s Roost space will offer whiskey education classes designed by acclaimed expert and author Susan Reigler and cocktail classes developed by mixologist and author of “Bourbon is My Comfort Food” Heather Wibbels (aka “The Cocktail Contessa”). The space was conceived and designed by Work Architecture + Design, led by Mitchell Kersting and Kathryn Curtis.

Visitors to the Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience also will be able to sample from Buzzard’s Roost’s growing portfolio of bourbons and ryes in guided tastings, and full-size cocktails also will be available. “We anticipate offering some special limited release bourbons and ryes that will only be available in the tasting room,” adds Hollis Jones.

Since launching in Kentucky in 2019, Buzzard’s Roost Sipping Whiskey has expanded into Massachusetts, Ohio (SGWS), New Mexico, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia and Victoria, Canada. Suggested retail prices range from $45 to $85 per 750ml bottle. Select products are also available online. All Buzzard’s Roost whiskies are second-barrel aged and bottled at Bardstown Bourbon Company.