|Founder||Thomas H. Handy|
|William Goldring, Chairman of its Board of Directors|
The Sazerac Company is a privately held alcoholic beverages company with headquarters in Metairie, Louisiana. It is the largest distilling company in the United States. 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). The products of the company and its subsidiaries include various types of whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cognac, cocktails, cordials, liqueurs, "shooters," and wine.
In June 2009, the company stated that the main focus of its business is bourbon (a product that is primarily distilled, aged, and bottled in Kentucky), and its activities in New Orleans are mostly administrative. Sazerac also has offices/operations in Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; Montreal, Canada; Lewiston, Maine; and Londonderry, New Hampshire.
The company was founded after the purchase of a bar known as the Sazerac Coffee House in 1869 by Thomas H. Handy. 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 a Creole immigrant named Antoine Peychaud, who operated a pharmacy on the French Quarter's Royal Street in 1838. The company publishes a Sazerac recipe and produces a Peychaud's Bitters named after Peychaud, which is an essential ingredient in the Sazerac cocktail.
The International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) named Sazerac Company "Distiller of the Year," in London in November of 2014.
- Clancy DuBos, New Orleanian of the Year Bill Goldring, Gambit Weekly: Best of New Orleans, January 6, 2004. (Access date December 6, 2010.)
- Forman, Jay, Lifting a Glass – Bill Goldring: Recipient of the 2012 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award, New Orleans Magazine, May 2012.
- The Sazerac Company Web Site. (Access date December 6, 2010.)
- Goldring to Receive Lifetime Leadership Award at WSWA Annual Convention, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, December 21, 2010.
- Kimberly Quillen, Sazerac Company to expand operations, work force in Kentucky, The Times-Picayune blog, June 21, 2010. (Access date December 6, 2010.)
- New Orleans Declares Sazerac Its Cocktail of Choice, National Public Radio All Things Considered, June 26, 2008. (Access date December 6, 2010.)
- The Sazerac — Official Cocktail of New Orleans: How the Sazerac Cocktail Came to Be, on Sazerac Company web site. (Access date December 6, 2010.)