Friday, September 20, 2013

Grounds at Maker's Mark, Loretto, Kentucky

A few weeks ago I spent a Saturday afternoon shopping in Bardstown at some of my favorite home decor shops. Then I drove the twenty minute drive to Maker's Mark. I hadn't been to the distillery in over ten years and I didn't have any of those old images. So, allow me to give you a quickie tour of this famed distillery . . .

As you make your way from the parking lot to the main grounds, you'll pass this old painted wagon filled with, what else, but bourbon barrels.

Next you'll walk over a bridge and please do notice the creek which I'm sure plays a big role in the 'making of this mark'.

Oh, look. Here we are at the distillery building where you can go in and take the tour. No, I've never done the tour, but perhaps one day.

As you make your way back to the parking lot, you'll pass this black and red painted barn which no doubt plays a role in the bourbon making process. Tomorrow, as it happens, is the last day for the annual Bourbon Festival that's been going on all week in and around Bardstown, Kentucky. There are bourbon enthusiasts from all over the globe visiting Louisville and Bardstown this week just to tour the many bourbon distilleries and participate in the festival. Have a fantastic weekend all. ENJOY!

Photographer's Note: Before I close this post, I wanted to share that at one time I played a role in the branding of Maker's Mark. Back in the beginning of my career in advertising, I worked for a major ad agency here in Louisville. I managed the typesetting department and typeset many a Maker's Mark ad and billboard. One holiday, Bill Samuels gave me a signed bottle of Maker's Mark, with my name printed on the label and the top was dipped in gold wax instead of red.


  1. Wow, that was some gift, and typesetting, I thought that was long gone, but remember we had some cards printed about 20 years ago, and they were set, it was so interesting to watch how it was done. Lovely place to visit, the bridge adds to a lovely establishment. Cheers, Jean.

  2. I wonder if you still have that bottle, Carol? Must have been a lot of inebriated people in Bardstown!

    1. I gave it to my Mom who loved bourbon. I agree, let's of folks in Bardstown no doubt need designated drivers.