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Maker’s Mark bottle, in partnership with Keeneland, benefits Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

With the Nov. 6-7 return of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Keeneland Race Course, a unique commemorative item available to race fans and bourbon lovers alike will also be a great way to benefit a worthy cause. Maker’s Mark, the official bourbon of the Breeders’ Cup, has partnered with Keeneland for the second time in 2020 to create a uniquely designed, limited-edition bottle with proceeds...

James B. Beam Institute prioritizes environmental stewardship in UK study of water sustainability

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Water is essential to bourbon. Fresh, clean water is what allows the starch in the grains to reach their full potential. As a result, many distilleries were built near natural water sources. Kentucky has plentiful, naturally filtered limestone water in many parts of the state, and stewarding those watersheds is a key priority for the James B. Beam Institute for...

Keeneland, Maker’s Mark partner to help disabled jockeys fund with commemorative bottle

Keeneland and Maker’s Mark have a rich history of working hand-in-hand to benefit the community and the horse industry. This year is no exception as the two iconic Kentucky brands have announced the 2020 Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle, with all proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys...

Sun-powered rickhouses reflect partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark

A new 560-panel solar array is now online in Loretto, marking a milestone in the partnership between Kentucky Utilities Company and Maker’s Mark to produce electricity using the sun. The new array stands just east of the distillery’s rickhouses on its property in Loretto along Highway 52. Without compromising any part of the unique Maker’s Mark production process that makes its bourbon so distinctive,...

KCTCS preparing students for the high-tech world of manufacturing (not your grandfather’s factory work)

In today’s world of work, manufacturing requires workers to be tech-savvy. This is no longer your grandfather’s dirty, dark and dangerous factory work. Today’s manufacturing facilities are bright, clean and high tech. You’re more likely to see employees using consoles to direct the work of robots, instead of doing back-breaking manual labor. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and...

Kentucky Distillers move toward next-generation hospitality with third annual ‘Mocktober’ campaign

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) and The Mocktail Project have announced their third annual “Mocktober” campaign, designed to celebrate the role of low and no-ABV cocktails in creating a safer, more inclusive drinking culture. From Oct. 14-20, Kentuckians are encouraged to enjoy a mocktail – often referred to as a zero-proof or alcohol-free cocktail – at one of the more than 40...

Keeneland’s spring meet meant great racing — and special events supported its philanthropic mission

As a complement to the spectacular racing, Keeneland offered a full slate of special events that benefited the horse industry and the Central Kentucky community. Keeneland hosted three fundraising events in support of jockeys. Current and retired riders participated in a jockey autograph session on opening day that raised $6,740 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). RunHappy scholarships Keeneland...

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...

Ky Distillers’ Association designates Bardstown as “Official Gateway to Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour”

Known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is the newest Official Gateway sponsor to the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today. With its robust mix of iconic brand destinations and smaller craft distilleries, Bardstown is a bustling hub for thousands of Bourbon visitors looking to sample the Commonwealth’s signature spirit,...

Partnership with Maker’s Mark, Keeneland makes impact for CATS, UK student-athletes’ success

The Center for Academic Tutorial Services (CATS) is the first center of its kind in America. Now in its fifth and final year, the partnership that has helped CATS ensure University of Kentucky student-athletes have the resources necessary for success in the classroom continues to make an impact. “Education is at the heart of everything we do as an athletics department,” UK athletics director Mitch...

Tickets for 48th running of Turfway Park’s Jeff Ruby Steaks go on sale online to general public Thursday

Tickets for the 48th running of the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park, a designated points race for the legendary Kentucky Derby, will be released online to the general public on Thursday. Links to the ticketing site are found at www.turfway.com. Scheduled for March 9, the Jeff Ruby Steaks is the centerpiece of a 12-race day that includes five undercard stakes races. First post is 1:10 p.m. The day’s...

Local Talent, Bourbon take over Port Stage at Louisville’s 2018 Forecastle Festival July 13-15

Forecastle Festival’s Port Stage will take on a whole new vibe in 2018, dedicated to local musical acts, special Fireside Chats, featuring the rock stars of the bourbon industry, and up-close experiences with select national artists. Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams has curated an all-local lineup for Forecastle’s WFPK Port Stage, featuring an array of performances by Louisville...

Keeneland announces online ticketing for Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle signing April 13

Keeneland officials today announced a new online ticket distribution process for its popular Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle signing, to be held Friday, April 13, at the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. The new online system will enable customers to reserve an e-ticket for the bottle signing via the Keeneland website beginning Monday, April 9, at 8:30 a.m. No tickets will be given out at Keeneland. Tickets...

Forecastle Festival announces 2018 bourbon lineup, with flight bar, fireside chats, Gonzo bar and more

Forecastle Festiva’s acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Trail outpost, The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge, will return in 2018 with a unique lineup of offerings, education and entertainment. Set to take place July 13-15 at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Forecastle will feature a diverse collection of Kentucky Bourbon Trail brands, offering dozens of selections within the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge experience,...

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,...

Enjoy fine art, and fine bourbon, through Oct. 7 at Maker’s Mark distillery’s ‘Chihuly at Maker’s’ exhibit

Dale Chihuly’s “Crimson and Chestnut Fiori Boat” was created specifically for the landscape at Maker’s Mark Distillery (Photo from Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission) See the art of bourbon making and the world-renowned glass art of Dale Chihuly at a limited-run special exhibition at Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY. Showcasing seven dramatic large-scale...

Old Kentucky Garden Party fundraiser set for My Old Kentucky Home State Park on April 27

The Kentucky State Parks Foundation, in partnership with Preservation Kentucky, will host the second annual “An Old Kentucky Garden Party” on April 27 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown. This fundraiser for the two organizations features Southern hors d’oeuvres; Mint Juleps and Kentucky spirits from Barton 1792, Four Roses and Maker’s Mark Distilleries; and the King’s Highway...

Wildcats’ 1996 National Championship team commemorated on newest Maker’s Mark label

With a growing number of student-athletes from 22 varsity sports teams now spending most of their time on the south side of the University of Kentucky’s campus where their practice facilities are located, the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS) – the first-of-its-kind support program in the nation – has successfully expanded to serve them. The CATS expansion last fall within the...

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...

Maker’s Mark in Loretto presented Governor’s Safety and Health Award by state Labor Cabinet

Kentucky Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Maker’s Mark Monday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 2,049,661 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness. “It brings me great pleasure to present this award to a company that represents one of Kentucky’s signature industries,” Labor Cabinet Derrick Ramsey stated. “Maker’s Mark understands...