Sazerac Company

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Sazerac Company
Industry Alcoholic beverages
Founded 1850 (1850)
Founder Thomas H. Handy
Headquarters Metairie, Louisiana, United States
Key people
William Goldring, Chairman of its Board of Directors[1][2]
Products Spirits

The Sazerac Company is a private American alcoholic beverage company headquartered in Metairie in the metropolitan area of New Orleans, Louisiana, but with its principal office in Louisville, Kentucky.[3] Its distilleries include the Barton Brands distillery (in Bardstown, Kentucky), the Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort, Kentucky), the former Glenmore Distillery (now a bottling plant in Owensboro, Kentucky), and the A. Smith Bowman Distillery (a microdistillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia).[3] The products of the company and its subsidiaries include various types of whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cocktails, liqueurs, "shooters", and wine.[3]


The company was founded after the purchase of a bar known as the Sazerac Coffee House in 1869 by Thomas H. Handy,[3] after this purchase, Handy's company began to acquire and market brands of liquor. According to the company, the Sazerac Coffee House itself was named after a cocktail called the Sazerac that was created in the mid-1800s by the Creole immigrant Antoine Amédée Peychaud, who operated a pharmacy on the French Quarter's Royal Street in 1838.[3] The company publishes a Sazerac recipe and produces a Peychaud's Bitters named after Peychaud, which is an ingredient in the traditional Sazerac cocktail.[4][5]

In 1991, Sazerac purchased the George T. Stagg Distillery (now known as Buffalo Trace Distillery) in Frankfort, Kentucky, at which time the company's primary focus became the production of bourbon whiskey (a product that is primarily distilled, aged, and bottled in Kentucky), and in 2009 the company's principal office was moved to Louisville, Kentucky. However, the Sazerac Company still maintains an active presence in the New Orleans, and also has operations in Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Bardstown and Owensboro, Kentucky; Montreal, Canada; Lewiston, Maine; and Londonderry, New Hampshire.[citation needed]

In 2016 Sazerac completed the purchase of the Southern Comfort brand of whiskey-based liqueur from Brown-Forman, Inc.[citation needed]


As of January 2017 the company sells 33 different brands of alcoholic beverages, these include various types of whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cognac, cocktails, cordials, liqueurs, "shooters", and wine.[3]

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  1. ^ Clancy DuBos, New Orleanian of the Year Bill Goldring, Gambit Weekly: Best of New Orleans, January 6, 2004. (Access date December 6, 2010.)
  2. ^ Forman, Jay, Lifting a Glass – Bill Goldring: Recipient of the 2012 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award, New Orleans Magazine, May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f The Sazerac Company Web Site. (Access date December 6, 2010.)
  4. ^ New Orleans Declares Sazerac Its Cocktail of Choice, National Public Radio All Things Considered, June 26, 2008. (Access date December 6, 2010.)
  5. ^ "The Sazerac – Official Cocktail of New Orleans: How the Sazerac Cocktail Came to Be", on the Sazerac Company web site. (Access date December 6, 2010.)

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