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Bill Samuels Jr. to speak during ‘Bourbon, Beef and Bill’ event at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on May 18

Bourbon enthusiasts and anyone interested in bourbon history are invited to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on May 18 for a special event with Bill Samuels Jr. Samuels, president emeritus of Maker’s Mark, will speak during “Bourbon, Beef and Bill.” The event starts at 7 p.m. inside May Lodge and includes a dinner featuring roasted beef tenderloin with bourbon diablo sauce and three sample drinks...

Commentary: Non-political stance focuses Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels on service to needy

By Pat Day, Bill Samuels, Jr. and Sherry Crose As politics can get in the way of doing good things, we would like to bring attention to an historic Kentucky organization that remains a non-political, charitable group dedicated to helping the neediest – the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC). Pat Day First let’s clarify a few things. Many, even some appointed Colonels, think the title is...

Rob Samuels named 2018 chairman of Kentucky Distillers’ Association Board of Directors

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Rob Samuels, Chief Operating Officer at Maker’s Mark Distillery, has been named Chairman of the historic group’s Board of Directors for 2018. Samuels, 43, is the fourth generation of his legendary family to serve as Chairman of the non-profit trade group that unites, promotes, protects and elevates the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled...

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inducts three, presents Samuels with lifetime achievement award

The esteemed Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Wednesday inducted three individuals into its hallowed ranks and bestowed its prestigious Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on one of the most monumental icons in the modern era of Bourbon. “This year’s inductees are joined by the fact that they’re all leading figures behind the growing global renaissance of Kentucky Bourbon,” said Eric Gregory,...

Bourbon, beef and BS: Samuels featured speaker at fundraising event to support Lake Barkley

Bourbon enthusiasts and anyone interested in bourbon history are invited to Lake Barkley State Resort Park on March 31 for a special event that will help support the park. Bill Samuels Jr., president emeritus of Maker’s Mark, will speak during “Bourbon, Beef and BS,” sponsored by the Friends of Lake Barkley. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the park conference center and includes a meal, with beef...

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inducts late Margie Samuels who made mark with Maker’s

Performance painter Arron Kizer, with back to camera, and cellist Adam Rafery created a unique portrait of Margie Mattingly Samuels at her induction into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. (Photo provided)   Margie Mattingly Samuels, who created the distinctive name, cutting-edge design and iconic red wax of her family’s Maker’s Mark distillery, was inducted this month as the newest member...

Louisville chefs featured at Maker's Mark Delectable Distillery Tour to benefit Apron

A Sept. 18 event at Maker’s Mark Distillery will benefit Apron Inc., a nonprofit emergency relief fund for restaurant workers in the Louisville area.   The second annual Delectable Distillery Tour, a bourbon-inspired dinner and drinks walking tour through the entire distillery, will be hosted by Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark chief operating officer, and Bill Samuels Jr., Maker’s Mark chairman...