say seeing is believing. If you're ever out in our neck of
the woods, stop by the Maker's Mark Distillery to see your
whisky being made in person. There's nothing like it.
Monday - Saturday: Every hour on the half-hour from 10:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays - We conduct tours at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., March
All times are Eastern Time. We're closed on Sundays in January
The distillery is open on holidays except for Easter Sunday,
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's
You must be 21 or older to dip your own bottle.
MARK DISTILLERY TOUR
Gristmill Maker’s Mark is the only operating
distillery in America to be designated a National Historic
Landmark. Do we sound proud or what? Originally built in 1805
as a gristmill distillery, it became the home of Maker’s
Mark in 1953. Today, it is the oldest operating distillery
on its original site.
Master's Distiller's House Built in the 1840s,
this building was originally the Master Distiller's House.
It wasn't until the invention of refrigeration in the 1920s
that he was able to live away from the distillery. In the
late 1980s, we added on to the house to create the Visitor
Center. Inside you'll find a gallery full of great things:
gifts, folk art, and mementos. But no Master Distiller.
The Toll House The Toll House just off our
front drive is a permanent reminder of when fees were levied
for use of roads nearly a century ago. Don't worry. Today
you can tour our distillery absolutely free.
Fire Department What little boy didn't dream
of becoming a fireman? Well, we can play fireman anytime we
want, because we have our own antique fire engine stored on
the property. In addition to being handy in an emergency,
it adds to our distillery's distinctive charm.
The Still House Funny how something with
the word "still" in it can be such a hotbed of activity.
The Still House is the heart and soul of Maker's Mark. From
our antique roller mill crushing the grain to the giant cypress
tubs full of sour mash to the "white dog" (new whisky)
running through the "spirit safe," this is where
you can see Maker's Mark being made by hand every step of
the way. The building, or at least the foundation, dates back
to 1805 when it used to be a gristmill.
Fermenting Room This is where the sour mash
ferments, producing the alcohol that will eventually become
bourbon. These 12 foot deep cypress vats hold about 9,300
gallons of sour mash. Some of the cypress staves are over
100 years old. Traditionally, vats were made of cypress because
the iron in steel would ruin bourbon, stainless steel hadn't
been invented yet, and copper and ceramic were too expensive.
The stuff is unbelievably tough, as anyone who has ever tried
to repair one of these vats can tell you. Cypress, which grows
in the swamps of Florida and Louisiana, is the best wood to
use because it is naturally water-resistant and doesn't rot
like other woods.
Barrel Warehouse Shhh. The whisky is sleeping.
This is just one of the warehouses that dot the landscape
around our distillery. The two warehouses shown on this tour
date back to either the late 1800s or early 1900s and each
holds around 4000 barrels. The other warehouses hold 15,000-20,000
barrels. After we fill the barrels, they're stored inside
warehouses like this one so nature can work its magic while
the whisky slumbers.
to the Maker's Mark Distillery
Directions from Lexington
Take the Bluegrass Parkway West to Springfield, exit#42. Make
a left onto Hwy. 555 South, into Springfield. At intersection
of 555 and 150, turn right onto 150 West for approx. 2 miles.
Turn left onto Hwy. 152 West, to Hwy 49 South. Continue ahead
on 49 South into Loretto. At stoplight turn left onto Hwy.
52 East for approx. 3 miles. At the end of Burks Spring Road
you will see our sign, You have just found the home of Makers
Mark. Approximately 1 12 hours driving time.
Take I-65 South from Louisville to exit #112, Clermont/Bernheim
Forest exit. At ramp turn left onto Hwy. 245 South to Bardstown.
Take Hwy. 245 to intersection of Hwy. 62, turning right and
continue on Hwy. 62 east for approx. 2 miles. Hwy. 62 runs
into Hwy. 150 where you will turn left and continue approx.
2 miles and past My Old Kentucky Home State Park. At intersection
of Hwy. 150 and 49, turn right onto Hwy. 49 South and follow
the brown historical landmark signs to Holy Cross, which will
direct you to go straight on Hwy. 527 South. Follow Hwy. 527
to St. Francis (5 miles), where you will turn left onto Hwy.
52 East into Loretto. Continue on through Loretto for approx.
3 miles, at the end of Burks Spring Road you will see our
sign, You have just found the home of Makers Mark. Approximately
1 12 hours driving time.
Take I-65 North to Elizabethtown to the Bluegrass Parkway
East. Continue on the BG to Bardstown exit #21. Turn left
at exit onto Hwy. 31-E North to Bardstown. This will join
Hwy. 62 in front of St. Joseph Cathedral. Go right to courthouse
and continue 12 round where you will join Hwy. 150 East. Continue
past My Old Kentucky Home State Park, to Hwy. 49 South to
Holy Cross, take Hwy. 527 to St. Francis, turn left onto Hwy.
52 East through Loretto, (approx. 3 miles) to Burks Spring
Road. You will see our sign You have just found the home of
Makers Mark. Approximately 3 12 hours driving time, you will
also go through a time change. Nashville is on Central Time,
we are on Eastern Time, 1 hour ahead.
Contact Us For More Information
Visitors' Center at Maker's Mark Distillery
3350 Burks Spring Road
Loretto, Kentucky 40037
Telephone: (270) 865-2099
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