While Many Distillers Offer Hand Sanitizer Buffalo Trace Distillery is Offering 190 Proof Grain Alcohol

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When many distillers zig, Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky tends to zag. During these days of distillers producing hand sanitizer Buffalo Trace has taken a slight different tack (for now) of providing 190 proof grain alcohol. For this particular release it is only good in the distilleries home state of Kentucky.

Here’s a statement released by the distillery.


“Buffalo Trace Distillery cares deeply about those affected by the Covid-19. We are especially concerned about the lack of supplies to eliminate pathogens for our first responders and others in essential industries who may be affected by Covid-19 in the state of Kentucky.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Buffalo Trace Distillery will donate 1 case (12 bottles each) of its Clear Spring 190 proof grain alcohol to any of the following approved Kentucky based businesses/non profits:

  1. First responders
  2. Government agencies
  3. Law enforcement
  4. 501 c3 charitable entity
  5. Health care

In order to be considered, the above organizations will apply through this online form. Once approved, a confirmation email will be sent when the product is ready for pick up.

It is important to note, our supply of Clear Spring is limited. For state law reasons at this time, only individuals and organizations based in Kentucky will be offered the case of Clear Spring alcohol.

If an individual/organization is approved, the confirmation email will include pickup instructions at Buffalo Trace Distillery, located at 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY, between noon and 2 pm each day Monday through Friday.

Pick ups will be self service to minimize person to person interaction.

A copy of their Tax-ID number or confirmation email along with photo ID will be required for pickup, and individuals picking up must be 21 years of age or older.

Clear Springs Grain Alcohol is Not a Hand Sanitizer

Clear Spring is not a hand sanitizer. It is a high proof potable spirit which can be used on non-porous surfaces for eliminating pathogens. Instructions from the World Health Organization (WHO) for the proper mixture for a medical grade formula will be included with each case.

For 1st Responders and Essential Industries (for Now)

At this time, priority is being given to first responders and others in essential industries. There may be a possibility consumers not in those categories may purchase Clear Spring for their own use in the near future. Buffalo Trace Distillery will notify consumers via this platform if the opportunity arises.


We will keep you posted here if these instructions change or the program expands.

View full list of distilleries offering free hand sanitizer is here.
View all Kentucky Distilleries.

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Buffalo Trace Distillery - Clear Spring Grain Alcohol 190 Proof, Bottled by Brass Bull Company

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