12/2009 An Interview with Bill Samuels, Jr., Maker’s Mark Distillery

Bill Samuels, Jr., head of the Maker’s Mark Distillery of Loretto, Kentucky, was in Washington, DC today. Bill kindly made some time to sit with me at the Hawk n’ Dove bar, a beloved watering hole just a couple blocks from Congress. Bill then entertained about a dozen friends of yours truly.

Bill has been at the helm of the distillery for 35 years. Oh how times have changed. Maker’s Mark has boomed, going from 60-some thousand cases per year to over 900,000. We discussed the changes that happened at Maker’s Mark, and in the Bourbon industry generally.

You can listen to our chat by clicking here. Fair warning—it’s 20 minutes long and therefore a rather hefty 18 megabyte file, so your download may take a little time.

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