2018 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Release Map

Please Read: Each state is highlighted when one bottle is reported in that state. There’s a good chance that means that store, and a lot of times that city, is already sold out. This map isn’t an official release tracker from Buffalo Trace. This is a network of bourbon drinkers looking to help each other. Stores are dealing with smaller allocations and greatly increased demand. Please be understanding of this fact. Happy Hunting!

Bourbon season is upon us! This is the 6th annual Bourbon Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Release Map! If you’re unfamiliar with the map, here’s how it works. I highlight each state when the antique collection is released in that state. Remember, distribution can be tricky. Because it was released in part of the state doesn’t mean you’ve missed out. The release map is another tool to help in your BTAC hunt.

For more info and to find other bourbon hunters join the Bourbonr Facebook group. I try to add the city which was reported if you hover over each state. If you’re new to bourbon hunting red this: “How to Hunt Bourbon” This is a community-driven map. If you find a bottle please shoot me an email at Blake @ Bourbonr.com. Make sure to include your state as well as a picture of the bottle. I welcome any tips about state releases as well (bonus points for information about Florida 🙂 )!

Considerations of the BTAC release map:

  • Not everyone likes it or finds it helpful. It’s not perfect. Flippers may use the map.
  • It may not find a bottle of George T Stagg for you. Understand the odds of getting bottles are slim. There are tons of other great bourbons on the market.
  • This is another tool to help you with your bourbon hunt. Bourbon hunting gets more difficult every year.
  • I still believe the release maps provide useful information. And, I enjoy the community that they help build. Because of that, I continue to, dedicate time to them every fall. With that said, Happy Hunting!

2018 BTAC

Release Dates:

10/9 – First release of the year is in North Carolina!

10/15 – BTAC hits Wisconsin and Maine

10/17 – Illinois sees its first BTAC of the year. Now it’s in Georgia.

10/24 – BTAC lands in Minnesota and Indiana

10/26 – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection arrives in Mississippi

10/31 – Nebraska now has BTAC

11/1 – BTAC hits West Virginia and Montana

11/2 – Arizona sees its first BTAC

11/7 – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection makes its way to Kentucky, Kansas, New York.

I apologize for the delay in updates. I’ve added everything with their original report date. Thank you all who have kept the conversation going in the comments!

11/12 – BTAC in Arkansas

11/17 – BTAC in Alabama and Tennessee

11/19 – BTAC in Maryland

11/23 Washington releases Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

11/26 – Texas and Colorado see their first bottles of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

11/27 – Oregon releases BTAC

11/28 – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection lands in Utah

 

276 comments

    Grew up in Louisville and live in Columbus Ohio. I am stalking about 8 different sites between those 2 metro areas – and not even bothering with the big chains.
    Will post if I see or hear anything

    I’m in Columbus as well. Keeping an eye on various sites and stores. Don’t expect to get anything but it’s fun to hunt. Cheers.

    I’m in Columbus too. Where does everyone generally look for harder to find bourbons? I usually go to Weilands, but they don’t seem to have the selection they used to.

    Liquor Barn in Beaumont Kentucky is doing their lottery this Saturday 10/18/2018, first 1000 ppl in line get wrist bands to the lottery. Wristbands handed out from 7:30am-9am. drawing at 9:05am. Wrists bands do not guarantee a btl. Happy hunting! I’m in cbus as well, Go Bucks!!!

    I emailed the DOLC and they said:
    “We unfortunately have no information when this product will arrive in Ohio. When the product arrives, it will be distributed to customers via lottery. For up to date information on Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and other products, please register for the Insiders Bulletin”

    George T Stagg is in the Mountain State (West Virginia if you aren’t cool)!!! This years may have a lower proof, but the juice is phenomenal. Happy Hunting!

    Spent the last 5 years in Columbus and wasted a lot of time hunting for the stuff. The state sequesters it and runs a lottery. The best thing to do is ask your local liquor counters if they expect to receive lottery tickets because it’s not well publicized. They get a limited amount so check frequently in the fall and early winter. You will never see the stuff on the shelf in Ohio, unfortunately.

    VA has already released William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy earlier this month (September) via a statewide lottery. According to the VA ABC web-site, there were 8,115 entries for 31 bottles of Weller and 5,374 entries for 70 bottles of Handy. That lottery is closed and winners have already been notified. I was not among the “lucky few”!

    That would have been from the 2017 release that they held back. Probably because BT wouldn’t send them more with bottles sitting in the warehouse

    Correct. BTAC in VA was waitlisted. A couple bottles finally fulfilled the list. Weller, handy and GTS. The remaining bottles finally went to lotto to get them out of the warehouse. VA ABC sucks

    thank you. I manage a bev program in Philly and have been checking every monday for the opening of the lottery, that guy almost gave me a heart attack. FYI Pa usually does Pappy in November and last year there were 78000 people in that lottery. My bar won one bottle of the 20 year. Sigh.

    Just to update, I actually personally won a bottle of the George Stagg! The Jr is one of my favorite bourbons so this is a big deal for me, but given the immediate resale value I am having a hard time justifying opening it. The crazy secondary market makes me not able to enjoy it as much as the sell price is just going to get crazier over time. Sigh.

    @Seth

    Drink it. You’ll enjoy it plenty, trust me. If you ever do try it at a bar, your regret will be having to pay $400 for a bottle of your own.

    I thought it was interesting that they did not give the number of bottles this year for most of the BTAC. Sounds like there will be fewer of everything except the ER 17 (where there was almost none of it last year), but that is just a supposition on my part.

    Unfortunately, MA always gets it after most other states, so we have to watch (enviously) while you all start enjoying it. Happy Hunting!

    Per another site I follow, here are the 2018 estimates:
    WLW – 17,179
    Handy – 14,548
    Sazerac – 2,532
    GTS – 37,111
    ER – 1,627

    There is a Liquor store in Newport Rhode Island that has at least 5 or 6 bottles of each (not this years release) and when I say they are over priced that is putting it nicely. I could not believe what I saw when I was in there and I dont know how they continue to get bottles from their distributor. Such a shame.
    Vickers Liquors, Bellevue Ave

    Interesting…I bought a bottle from them a couple years ago (not a highly allocated bourbon) and though steep it was not that overpriced for what it was (a shelf-sitter not likely to have attracted much demand or attention). But I agree, looking at their price list just about everything’s inflated. Newport is and always has been a very rich town so I guess they can charge what they think the market will pay :-/

    Pay attention to your stores delivery dates. I got lucky last year. Same day got a Handy first time ever and then a GTS at another store. At reasonable prices. I’m in stalking position.

    I happened to be in a liquor store in Frankfort when their weekly BT delivery came in – regular Eagle Rare and Blanton’s. So not this week in Kentucky.

    It’s all bullshit.
    The only people getting this stuff is the owners of the distributors, friends of the people at the liquor store, or rich people who can afford to pay $1000 for a bottle of this stuff.
    Those of us who love the Buffalo Trace whiskeys are fucked.

    Don’t give up hope… miracles do happen! I scored a Pappy 23 2 years ago from a local store lottery – I was contacted while boarding my flight back to Dallas, Texas from Las Vegas after losing half my ass gambling.

    What store was that? I’m in Dallas, and am always looking to at least find a way in that doesn’t involve buying $10,000 worth of booze from the store.

    You do realize how much it’s changed in 2 years don’t you? Two years ago I won a WLW in a store lottery but fat chance that’s happening again any year soon. The guy above who said this is all B.S. is pretty spot on.

    I don’t disagree. Privately owned stores in my metropolitan area are consistently marking up BTAC by 5x (if the bottles hit the shelf at all). lottos are a better avenue, but with 8000+ entries for maybe 100 BTAC bottles total, odds aren’t great.

    Headed to rural Kansas next week, maybe I’ll luck out with something but not counting on it.

    I was at a store in Illinois that had a bottle of Thomas Handy. It was last years with a price tag of $499. Wonder why it’s still there! Haha!

    I called Buffalo Trace today and was told nothing in the antique collection has been released yet this year,it’s possible it could ship to some states this week but once it gets in the pipeline it will still take about a week to get to stores.hope this saves somebody some wasted time this week looking for them.

    I’ll be at the distillery next week and will get all the information I can. I know they don’t sell the Antique Collection there, but hopefully Louisville will get some stock. Will post again next week when I find out more.

    Apparently GTS and William Larue Weller are in KY based on an email I got for a new Liquor Barn location opening up this weekend- Springhurst Grand Opening Celebration
    Saturday, October 13, 2018-

    Wristbands for this lottery-style release will be handed out from 7:30 am until 9 am. At 9:05 am the drawing will begin!
    Wristbands will be distributed to the first 1,000 people in line. Must be 21+ to receive a wristband. A wristband does not guarantee a bottle. Limit one bottle per person.
    Angels Envy Cask
    Blade & Bow 22 Year
    E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof
    E.H. Taylor Single Barrel
    Four Roses 130th Anniversary
    George T. Stagg
    Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof
    King of Kentucky
    O.K.I. 12 Year Liquor Barn Select
    Larceny Barrel Proof Single Barrel
    Makers Mark Bu 1-3 (375ml)
    Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel
    Old Fitzgerald 11 Year BIB
    Old Fitzgerald 14 Year BIB
    Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year
    Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year
    Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year
    Rip Van Winkle 10 Year
    Rip Van Winkle 12yr Lot B
    Rhetoric 24 Year Bourbon
    Rock Hill Farms
    Russell’s Reserve 2002 114.6 Proof
    Weller 107
    Weller 12 Year (1.75L)
    Weller 12 Year
    William Larue Weller
    Woodford Reserve Batch Proof

    I didn’t think these were Antique Collection bottles from BT. I wanted to go, but had to work. No matter, this was an excellent opportunity for getting hands on some rare finds!

    Liquor Barn does a lottery. You can sign up for their newsletter to get notified.
    There’s a Pappy release at Beaumont this Saturday.

    Unless you’re a valued customer at many of these stores, they will always say that, knowing very well if they are getting any. Not for just anybody, of course!

    BTAC has already come and gone from NC. I’m friends with a store manager and their board got 9 bottles. They didn’t sell a single one to any customers. It all got set aside for restaurants/board members/managers.

    I live in GA and my usual liquors stores that I have developed a relationship with are getting squeezed by their distributors to buy a certain amount of what-ever or do private barrel picks in order to get a few bottles of allocated stuff. These are smaller stores and do not markup their allocated bottles that they do get which is why I give them my business over larger stores that do get hard to find bottles. Still hopeful I’m lucky to get something on smaller raffles or store lotterys

    Except when you go there the following morning, as their opening their doors and ask the main liquor guy, his response of “haven’t seen it yet”, is what 99% of people will hear! And I shop here regularly. Well, I did…

    Called today and they said they haven’t received anything yet or have anything from last year. Can you validate it was Discount Liquor in Waukesha?

    Well Jeff was who I talked to. He looked me in the eye and flat out lied to my face. I said yeah ok bud. This is a prime example of why these lists are mostly irrelevant. If you’re not tight with the owner, you’re wasting your time!

    I have a chance to buy a bottle of WLW(2018) and GTS(2017) for $600 total. Is that a good price? Seems high to me, but I am new to the hunt!

    Blake, Jonathan brought up a good point. His $600 sounds like a steal! You should do a survey for ROI on the bourbon “dysfunctional” hunt. How many hours does an average 40 YO guy put in annually. How much do you lose in lost productivity and related costs. How much do you actually gain over aftermarket? Is it better to pay the aftermarket rates like we do ticket scalpers, or do we save $$$ and the shame of meeting with a therapist because we have something to do? When the economy retreats, there will be great bourbon in the street again!

    BTAC available in NC ABC stores but you better have a good relationship with the managers. GTS, THS, WLW and ER17. Haven’t heard of any Sazarac 18 in the state.

    What county are you referring to in NC? I can only speak to Forsyth and there is no BTAC in those stores yet regardless of any relationship.

    They have been shipping weller 12 this year along with the BTAC stuff so if you strikeout with the antique collection make sure to ask for the weller 12 as it is a really really good bourbon.

    PA ran a lottery for individual bottles and sets of the entire collection, I’ve been notified that I was selected for a bottle of the George T. Stagg 2018 and that they’re processing orders to send to the store I selected for pickup starting today (October 22nd.)

    That likely means they will be shipping to retailers this week so start watching the shelves!

    Won a lottery for the third year in a row for my choice of three of the BTAC releases. Won the Pappy lottery two years in a row from the third story so hoping I win again.

    Received my third bottle of BTAC antique this week from a IL lottery. Third year in a row. Also received two bottles of Pappy the past two years, and suspect I will win again this year. I just keep winning them.

    Has anyone on Binny’s list in Chicago area heard from them on BTAC? Surprised that most stores in Chicago are already out of BTAC but there are no news from Binny’s.

    Glad to hear you ask this Neil; thought I might be getting stiffed. They told me they don’t know when it will ship a few days ago once other IL stores already had it, and I’m trying not to hound them too much.

    Binnys is the worst with stuff like this. If you dont know the Manager or General Manager personally you are not going to get a bottle. They always act like they dont have anything or say “we might get 2 bottles!” Oh really!?? You are the biggest liquor store in Illinois and you only get 2 bottles. Come on now. Only thing good about binnys is if you get lucky and find a bottle you pay msrp.

    I picked up a Russell’s reserve 2002 from binnys and payed 299.99. that was quite a bit over retail.they sell lower than most but they still inflate.

    As with any major store, “loyal” means spending 5 figures a year at a minimum. We have to remember that these are businesses and not non-profit whiskey distribution centers

    As an individual buyer, if I am spending 5 figures a year with Binny’s, my chances of dying from liver cirrhosis before seeing any BTAC or Pappy are way higher. Basically you are saying that Binny’s only sells these to corporate or business buyers.

    Do we know how Binny’s releases BTAC and Pappy? Is it one long prioritized list with folk top-down getting a chance to pick either one item from BTAC or from Pappy until the whole stock is gone? Am I just over simplifying and it is more complex than that?

    Loyal means talking to a mgr, giving him your card rewards number, checking your loyalty – wine, liquor, beer overall spend etc. they are not going to search you out by your spend.

    A restaurant in MN instagrammed their Van Winkle line so I have to assume that BTAC has hit as well. I do know that most stores have not received their allocation yet.

    Walked in there to see for myself because I couldn’t believe they would have anything remotely limited, but there they were. And there they will collect dust.

    Yeah. They have it at 700 for WLW and 450 for Stagg. It might be the right secondary price, but I don’t think these are worth that much to me.

    They sell it as a 4 to 7 bottle package vs just buying the one bottle of BTAC, unfortunately they don’t let you pick the bottles that are combined to make it a package deal.

    2018 BTAC is not released in Texas yet. I get them every year from a friend that owns 9 liquor stores. Typically ranges from this weekend, to next weekend. And pappy will be about the same time, possibly a week behind BTAC.

    Got a bottle of BTAC Stagg in dyer Indiana today (Kennan liquors) – they still have 2 bottles of handy for $299ea. Also picked up 2 bottles of BTAC Stagg in portage. They all came in this morning. Looks like Indiana has opened for business.
    I stopped looking, I’ve got enough to last me the year, someone else enjoy.

    Buffalo Trace Antique Collection arrives in Lincoln, Nebraska! Just got my call (lottery) for a bottle of Thomas Handy Rye. Would love to get my hands on a William LaRue Weller. Haven’t seen one of those since I picked up 3 bottles in 2011 (still have 2) and 3 bottles in 2012 (still have 2) … AND ALL CAME OFF THE SHELF! Miss those days. Then the secondary market went into a frenzy. #@%&!!!

    Myrtle Beach has 100% not gotten it’s BTAC yet. It gets released every year with Pappy Van Winkle and it is most likely coming out next week. It certainly wasn’t out on Halloween.

    Saw this on another site:

    NYC folks. Amsterdam Wine Co has Thomas Handy, William Larue Weller, Hibiki, Yamazaki and Blanton’s all in stock right now.

    It should be released at the same time as Pappy. Last year I purchased it on Nov 16th.

    So we should be getting pretty close to the release.

    Something peculiar is going on at binnys this year I know of several stores in northern Illinois that got its BTAC allocation a couple of weeks ago but every binnys I tried said they didn’t receive any.

    This has been going on since 2013. There used to be a time I could call on their delivery days and get an honest answer whether or not they got their delivery. If you came in and asked for it, they’d sell it to you. But back in 2013 I remember knowing for a fact that Binny’s was getting their BTAC that day and going in to my local Binny’s to see if they got it yet. The lady told me straight up that store wasn’t getting any at all – with a really nasty attitude. I felt very uneasy about that answer. I returned two hours later to have the same lady tell me they sold out. And it’s been the same shady behavior ever since then at all the Binny’s I’ve frequented. They either lie or give you false hope by taking your name and number. I know it’s harder and harder to get these days, but if you’re selling to your biggest spenders or just giving them to employees to sell on the secondary, then tell me. I don’t like being toyed with, especially by liquor store employees on a power trip. That’s why I don’t shop there anymore. Other stores do raffles and such and are much more transparent.

    I am a new convert to Bourbon – having tasted WLW, Pappy for the first time early this year. With a super busy job, I have barely found time to visit one Binny’s every now and then. Seems my chances are almost nil – especially since I couldn’t make the store by store run asking if they had BTAC couple of week ago. Oh well…

    Finally got a good answer from Binny’s. This, year, corporate is handling all allocated bourbons, not just Pappy and BTAC. General managers are being asked to submit lists of which customer gets what.

    I was told they were submitting those lists of “requests” to corporate weeks ago. I have spent 4k or so at my local binnys this year, and was told I am “good to go” and “on the list” but I have still gotten nothing yet. Hoping this comes in soon, as it was as very calculated move to move all my spend to one store.

    Looking at the states that have bottles reported thus far (as of Nov. 4th), there seems to be a pattern: most sightings are in more rural states and not in or near the metroplexes on either coast (and geez, nothing in Kentucky yet?!)…anything to this? -Or am I just seeing something that’s not there?

    Blake, you may want to unhighlight South Carolina because BTAC hasn’t been released there yet. I don’t know what the person on Oct. 31st was talking about…..maybe he/she ran across somewhere that had a 2017 bottle or something. Unlike some states, BTAC and Pappy are always released together in SC, and no where in Myrtle Beach or anywhere else has gotten it….I know that for a 100% fact.

    Just figured I’d let you know that a mistake was made.

    BTAC is confirmed in NY. Just saw 3 bottles (2 stagg and one larue) in Yonkers. was delivered friday. Priced at the low low price of $500 for stagg and $700 for Larue. Needless to say, i left the bottles in the store

    This sort of behavior from sales people occurs here in New Mexico as well. Stop the madness and stop buying BTAC, Van Winkle, and the rest, until supply catches up. You are contributing to this. Forget Binnys and Total Wine. Go to the local stores that are not gouging us. There are plenty of excellent bourbons out there.

    binny’s and total wine? they, by their very nature don’t gouge..that’s the exact reason why people choose to buy there. in fact, it’s overwhelmingly the local shops that gouge.

    I got a bottle of Weller 12 in Michigan this weekend. He also had a small allocation of Elmer and Taylor, but no BTAC. Does anyone know if Weller/Elmer/EHT are released along with BTAC, or on a different schedule?

    Totally lucked into a bottle of GTS this weekend in Arkansas for RETAIL ($119!!!!!) This definitely makes my bourbon season this year, gonna be a great Christmas celebration this year!

    I am sure they already have the good given BTAC and Pappy’s were released in Chicagoland a while ago. Just waiting for the green light from corporate on who to sell these to. My chances are pretty dismal but still hopeful and keeping the fingers crossed.

    Anxiously waiting. Radio silence. I am starting to feel like my chances are dismal as well, but I feel like if that is true they should at least be honest with me about it considering how much I’ve spent.

    That’s true. As a new bourbon enthusiast I haven’t spent tons (may be 1K) so I don’t even have much hope. I hope you hear from them soon.

    Anyone knows if everyone on Binny’s list gets a chance to buy something? Wondering if being on the list is a guarantee or not?

    It’s all based on your spend over the year – and that’s very competitive. I know I dropped $10K+ this year and I’m not even at the top of the list.

    Damn.. $10K+ in a year? That’s a lot of alcohol. Guessing it was more of a large event or corporate buying. I would be really concerned if it was for one person’s consumption. 🙂

    Any news? I stopped by at Binny’s this weekend and the associates looked meaner than before so didn’t even ask them about BTAC or pappys. 🙂

    I stopped in today and the general manager was guessing, but he said late November or even early December. On a side note, if anyone needs MWND Downer’s Grove is flush

    I am still extremely confused as to why South Carolina is highlighted when BTAC most certainly has NOT been released here. It’s beginning to make me question the validity of the map honestly.

    That’s the rumor now but the fact remains that in S.C. the Pappy and BTAC are ALWAYS released together on the same day. That’s why I have no idea why someone tried to tell Blake it happened on Halloween. It most certainly hasn’t happened yet.

    I can confirm wichita, ks has btac and pappy. Like most places if you don’t know someone they will say still waiting but it’s behind the counter

    Some Weller 12 released today a Total Wine, i wonder if it’ll trickle down to the San Antonio area or is it just random release? I’ve reached out to a number of places about BTAC but nothing concrete.

    Apparently it has already came and went in East TN. Called a few places in Knoxville that said they got their shipment in 1-2 weeks ago and it’s already gone.

    This has hit Washington State. I’ve seen bottles in Sedro Wolley for $500 a piece. They had Stagg, Handy and Old Rip for $500 each. I passed at those prices. What a joke! Anyways, it’s out and about. Good luck to all.

    Yeah. Very frustrating. Keeping fingers crossed for this week. Hope they are not just calling the high rollers like someone who said they have spent $10K+ with Binny’s.

    I am seeing that some VW is out and about lot B and 10yr…. no btac posted etc… my Binns says they dont have it yet…

    The BTAC has made it to TEXAS. I visited my neighborhood package store on the evening of 11/21/18 and the owner asked me if I wanted a GTS, WLW, THH, VW12, or RIP10. He thanked me for my loyalty as he handed me my tissue-wrapped bottle of WLW for $129.99 + tax. He said he’d just got them in on 11/20. Perfect timing on my part. I’ve been going there for years and he rewards me every year for my patronage. Relationships count!

    Rob,
    Can I come visit your liquor guy? Blindfold me. I just want to high-5 a retailer that knows how to earn their clients business. If you hoard and/or let your managers steal and sell for profit on the CL markets, you are just sending your clients to Total
    Wine, Costco and Sam’s Club. Make it about the money and so will your clients.

    Hit East TN 2-3 weeks ago according to multiple stores in the area. Was told that it hadn’t hit Middle TN yet last week and that it likely wouldn’t arrive until after Thanksgiving. Maybe it has now.

    BTAC hit the Utah state liquor stores today, alongside the Pappy collection. Only one bottle allowed per customer, so I had to choose on the spot between 10 and 12 year Pappy, or THH, WLW, SR and GTS. I took the GTS 🙂

    Any of you guys suffering from BES? I heard it is going around. Bourbon Eye Strain. Some sort of virus hitting middle-aged men. Symptoms include but not limited to, strange behavior in liqour stores, asking the clerk strange questions like, “seen any pappy”? Daddy issue stuff.

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