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Maker’s Mark pays homage to co-founder with new vestibule at Loretto

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 10, 2022

LORETTO, Ky. (WTVQ) — Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto pays tribute to its co-founder Marjorie Samuels with the opening of a special, permanent vestibule this month.

The Margie Vestibule presents its pewter collection surrounded by stained glass. His collection is displayed in oak cabinets, the same wood used for bourbon casks. The glass windows show colorful images of birds, butterflies, and herbs native to the ingredients used in making bourbon: corn, wheat, water, and oak. Finally, a portrait of Margie completes the space, filled with color and flowers of vanilla and tulips, which she grew in her garden, according to a press release.

Courtesy of Maker’s Mark

Margie suggested the name Maker’s Mark to her husband, Bill, its co-founder in 1953. As Bill was developing the taste of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Margie came up with the name, the shape of the bottle, and the look of dipping each bottle in red wax. , according to a press release. Its vestibule will be part of the regular distillery tour of Star Hill Farm in Loretto.

She died in 1985 and in 2014 she was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.