This morning, I looked at the calendar and realized that our two year anniversary of being in business came and went last week without me even noticing. I’m going to blame it on the pandemic, and the fact that I rarely know what day of the week it is at this point! To be honest, if times were normal, I probably would have missed the date anyway because life is a blur in April and early May when you work in the bourbon industry. The weeks of Keeneland’s spring meet, followed by the Derby, are some of the most hectic weeks of the year for us.
There’s so much excitement in Kentucky in the spring, and it’s easy to take it for granted when you experience it every year. The past few months have made me realize more than ever that Kentucky is such a special place, and I truly can’t wait to get back to doing what I love! I never realized how much I would miss the sights, sounds, and smells of the distilleries, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I teared up when I watched old Derby footage and heard the crowd sing “My Old Kentucky Home.”
While we’d love to welcome our guests back as soon as possible, we are very aware during this time that safety needs to be the top priority. The future is still a little hazy for those of us in the tourism industry, and we definitely don’t have all of the answers. The distilleries are working really hard right now to come up with ways to open their visitor facilities in the safest possible manner, and we plan to follow their lead! We’ll keep you posted as we figure out what experiences will look like in the future, and we want to start sharing some of the methods we’ll use to keep our guests safe when we are able to start touring again!
One way we plan to keep our guests and guides safe is to keep plenty of hand sanitizer in each of our vehicles. So many of our favorite local distilleries have been using their equipment to create hand sanitizer, and they’ve donated it to front line workers and first responders. Some distilleries are also now selling their sanitizer to the public, so we’re stocking up! While I’m sure we’ll have to make many other alterations as part of our “new normal,” we’re more than happy to do whatever it takes to keep ourselves and our guests safe and healthy- with the help of bourbon, of course!
We’ll keep you posted as the distilleries get a better idea of their procedures for re-opening! In the meantime, if you’re in need of hand sanitizer (for yourself or in bulk), be sure to check distillery websites! The following are just a few of the distilleries producing hand sanitizer: Castle & Key Distillery, Barrel House Distillers, Bluegrass Distillers, Jeptha Creed Distillery, Wilderness Trail Distillery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and James E. Pepper Distillery. We’re so proud to be part of such a generous industry! Our first round of hand sanitizer came from Bluegrass Distillers, but we promise we'll try to purchase from all of our friends!
We can't wait to see our favorites bourbon distilleries again!