Maker's Mark

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5:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Maker's Mark Announces $67 Million Expansion

Rick Howlett

Maker’s Mark is announcing plans for a $67 million expansion of its distillery in Loretto, Ky.

The bourbon maker says it will expand operations with an exact replica of its two existing stills, boosting production by 50 percent.

Construction of  a new still is expected to take about 18 months to complete.   Maker’s Mark will also build a series of warehouses over the next seven years for aging the increased volume of bourbon.

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1:56 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Sales of Maker's Mark Pitino Bottle to Benefit Academic Center

University of Louisville

One of Kentucky’s best-known bourbon producers is selling thousands more commemorative bottles of its product to raise money for the University of Louisville.

Maker’s Mark is selling 12,600 bottles featuring a photo and tribute to men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Proceeds will to the U of L Center of Excellence, an $8 million facility for student-athletes in all sports that will be built on campus.

Maker’s Mark began producing  U of L commemorative  bottles last year in support of the center, which will be located at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Local News
12:45 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Rick Pitino's Awesome Spring Continues With Maker's Mark Commemorative Bottle

Rick Pitino
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Rick Pitino will be featured on a limited edition series of Maker's Mark bourbon bottles benefiting a University of Louisville academic project.

It's the latest honor for the Cardinals' men's basketball coach, who led the team to the 2013 national championship and will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in September. (He was also introduced to body art recently.)

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3:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Maker's Mark Sales Grew 44% In Quarter With 42% Controversy

A Maker's Mark bottle with the 42% alcohol by volume level.
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Maker's Mark had something to cheer from the first three months of 2013, despite weathering intense criticism for tinkering with its bourbon.

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12:36 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Maker's Mark Not Lowering Alcohol by Volume After All

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In response to criticism, Maker's Mark has decided not to reduce the alcohol by volume of its bourbon after all.

The distillery had recently moved to 42-percent alcohol by volume; the switch back to the traditional 45-percent alcohol by volume is immediate. The Loretto, Ky., distillery has posted this statement to its website—which Sunday afternoon wasn't loading properly—and Facebook page. 

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12:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Maker's Mark's Bill Samuels Jr.: 'We Don't Want to Price Maker's Mark Out of Reach'

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Bill Samuels Jr., the former president and current chairman emeritus of Maker's Mark, has posted a note to the company's website addressing the recent announcement that Maker's Mark was reducing its alcohol by volume three percentage points, from 45 to 42.

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12:41 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels: Extremely Short Supply Led to Cut in Bourbon's Alcohol by Volume

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Maker's Mark was first made in the 1950s, but the family behind the bourbon has been distilling in Kentucky longer than Kentucky has been a state.

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7:10 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Maker's Mark Reduces Alcohol By Volume to Meet Demand

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It's now going to take a little more Maker's Mark to get you tipsy, not that Maker's is the sort of bourbon one drinks just to get tipsy.


Maker's Mark is reducing its alcohol by volume by three percent in an effort to meet increased demand, says an e-mail from executives to Maker's Mark Ambassadors.

Update 12:45 p.m. Sunday: Here's a Q&A with Maker's Mark chief operating officer Rob Samuels, where he explains the decision.

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2:41 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Appeals Court Sides With Maker’s Mark in Wax Seal Dispute

A federal appeals court has ruled that Maker’s Mark holds the trademark on the dripping wax seal atop its bottles. 

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling granting the Kentucky bourbon maker a trademark on the seal, which serves decorative purposes only.

The decision comes in a case brought by London-based Diageo North America and Casa Cuervo of Mexico, which used a dripping red wax seal on special bottles of its Reserva tequila.

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