Our 10-acre limestone spring-fed lake. It’s our only source of water. In fact, it’s believed that Maker’s Mark is the only distillery to use limestone-purified water exclusively.
Originally created as a diversion channel to prevent flooding, beautiful Whisky Creek flows slowly throughout the grounds of the Maker’s Mark Distillery.
One of Kentucky’s few remaining covered bridges, the historic Whisky Creek Bridge is still in use today.
Originally built in 1805 as a gristmill, The Maker's Mark Still House is home to our old roller mill that slowly crushes the grain, our giant cypress tubs full of sour mash and our five-story continuous column still. It’s here where you’ll discover the handcrafted process that truly defines Maker’s Mark.
At Maker’s Mark, we make everything we sell and sell everything we make. We use 1,000 gallon dump tanks (about 10 times smaller than most other distillers), so our bourbon must be extraordinarily consistent from barrel to barrel.
After the bottles are filled, each is hand-dipped into red wax. While every drop of our premium bourbon is consistent, each drip is distinctively different – thanks to the particular technique of the individual dipper.
Here, the famous Maker’s Mark labels (designed by Marge Samuels in 1957) are still hand-cut in preparation for the labeling process.
Welcome to the perfect place for everything Maker’s. From our bourbon chocolates to fleece sweaters to cigars and coffee, The Maker’s Mark Gift Shop truly has something for everyone. Make sure you stop by when you’re at the distillery – but keep in mind, you may be there for a while.
A testament to the handmade process at Maker’s Mark, the rick houses are where Maker’s Mark truly becomes Maker’s Mark. Here, our barrels of bourbon are stored for aging. The barrels are rotated by hand to ensure that each receives exposure to consistent temperatures and sunlight. And no specific amount of time tells us when Maker’s Mark is ready. Instead, it’s all about the taste.
It may look a bit old-fashioned to be called a “lab,” but this really is our quality control lab at Maker’s Mark. It’s where we make sure every drop of our premium bourbon is consistently full-flavored, yet remarkably smooth. Nice job if you can get it.
Along the winding Whisky Creek, you’ll find the Quart House, one of the oldest liquor sales buildings in the United States. It’s where customers used to come and fill up their quart jugs. It stands today as a National Historic Landmark, although, sadly, its days as a working business are over.
Literally, this is where the past comes to life – at least when it comes to Maker’s Mark. Home to an interactive historic portrait gallery, the Distiller’s House includes five electronic displays, created to look like old family photographs, that give visitors a full sensory trip into the history of the Samuels family and their beloved bourbon.
Here at the distillery, we have our own antique fire engine stored on the property. It’s been around for some time, and, while it may not be as well-equipped as some of the newer models, it definitely adds some distinctive charm to the distillery.
The Burke family originally owned the property where the Maker’s Mark Distillery sits today. On top of “the hill” overlooking the distillery, this home was their main residence and looks as beautiful today as it did almost two centuries ago. For a special treat, come see it when it’s dressed up in its holiday finest.
If you’ve worked up an appetite during your tour of the distillery, the Toll House Gate Cafe should definitely be on your list of places to see. Housed in an old tollhouse on the grounds, this charming restaurant is open every day from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays) and features a number of bourbon-inspired meals and desserts. Look for a seat on the porch.