Four Roses (https://fourrosesbourbon.com) continues the Day 2 adventures with a visit and tour of this historic (1888) distillery. Now owned by Japan’s Kirin Brewery, the site is also on the National Register of Historic Places and is also located in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
Down the road about an hour or so to the southwest in Loretto, Kentucky, is Maker’s Mark, (https://makersmark.com). Also on the National Register of Historic Places, this distillery has been owned by Suntory since 2014.
One cool program is their Ambassador system, which allows fans to have their name engraved on a plaque attached to a barrel of Maker’s Mark. At maturity, Ambassadors may visit the distillery and purchase specially labeled bottles of “their” bourbon. Various gifts are sent to Ambassadors at Christmas, such as scarves, hats, and such. There is no cost for the program (which I recently signed up for – just have to wait five to seven years or so…).
Day 2 continues in the next post…