Buzzard's Roost Opens Micro-Distillery, Tasting Room in Louisville

Buzzard’s Roost Sipping Whiskeys will expand with its own micro-distillery and tasting room this spring in downtown Louisville, at 624 W. Main Street. The space is 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 Co. 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/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  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.