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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...

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,...

Bourbon without borders – Gov. Bevin signs shipping bill, sends first bottles of signature spirits

Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed a new law that allows visitors to ship bottles of Kentucky’s signature spirit home, then joined Bourbon Barons and legislative leaders to box and dispatch the first commemorative bottles to celebrate the historic occasion. Gov. Bevin The event took place at the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum along Louisville’s famed...

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...

Maker’s Mark, Keeneland team to support UK’s unique Center for Academic and Tutorial Services

An expansion of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS) – the first-of-its-kind support program in the nation – will open this summer on the south side of the Lexington campus. Fundraising for the center, which will be located within the new football training complex adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium, is being augmented by an initiative announced by Athletics...

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...

Maker’s Mark expansion to include creating replica of stills, adding new barrel warehouses

  Maker’s Mark Distillery announced plans today to expand operations at its National Historic Landmark distillery in Loretto.   The distillery will create a replica of its existing stills and add new barrel warehouses and other infrastructure improvements – nearly $70 million project that will result in the hiring of 30 additional workers.   “This expansion will allow the...