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Distillery’s Golf Team also wins 1st Place

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Sept. 21, 2018) – It was a warm day on Saturday, September 15th in Bardstown, Kentucky for the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, but the temps weren’t the only thing that were hot that day – employees from Buffalo Trace Distillery had strong showings in the World Champion Bourbon Barrel Relays and the Golf Tournament.

The men’s Barrel Rolling Team defended their 2017 Championship and set a new world record in the process, completing the course in -46.9 seconds.

The object of the contest is speed and accuracy and the team with the lowest time wins. It a test to see which team can get the most barrels bung-up, and 10 seconds is subtracted for each bung-up barrel in its final resting place.  The distillery brand name must also be on the correct side once it is in the rick.

The “Bung Up” position is measured with a “Bung and a Half” measure that the judges use. The distance of three and one fourth (3 ¼) inches from the straight up position on either side will count as a bung up measure and credit will be given as bung up. This replicates acceptable practices in warehouse storage, keeping the barrel leaking from the bung hole and also the brand on the correct side inside the barrel rick for inventory purposes.

The women’s barrel rolling team at Buffalo Trace Distillery also did well, finishing in second place with a time of 5.1 seconds.

In the individual barrel rolling competition, Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Cody Bowen finished second in the men’s competition with a time of -11.4 seconds, and Krista Hill finished second in the women’s event with a time of 11.3 seconds – this was the first time Krista had ever competed!  Jacob Routt also competed in the men’s individual category, as did Carolyn Paul in the women’s individual.

Buffalo Trace’s Barrel Rolling Teams includes Cody Bowen, Chad Castle, Travis Eddins, Ryan Farrar, Brad Goodlett, Derrick Hull, Jacob Routt, David Stacey, Connie Brey, Leslie Glazer, Krista Hill, Carolyn Paul, and Lori Sargent.  Team coaches are Kelly Larkin and Tony Roberts. Independent Stave Company, who also supplies the new, 500 lb barrels used for the competition, oversees the World Champion Bourbon Barrel Relays and its employees act at judges.

Meanwhile, on the golf course at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, a foursome from Buffalo Trace Distillery took advantage of the great weather to win the event. The winning score of 16 under par was achieved by the foursome of Steve Poole, Monty Owens, Bennie Thurman and Eric Braden.

Congratulations to all Buffalo Trace Distillery employees who competed in events at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. 

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.  To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/media