Maker’s Mark + the Machine hitting Londontown

Maker’s in a row

Maker’s Mark is my first bourbon love. Extremely smooth with a faint chocolaty finish, I’ve even made the pilgrimage to Loretto, KY, to visit the distillery and see where it all begins. It’s a lovely place with a brook running through it, which is where they get the water to make the bourbon and everything is done by hand, truly hand-crafted bourbons. They actually do hand-dip each bottle in wax to seal it before being sent off. I’ve even done it myself and have my souvenir bottle up in my room to prove it. I’ve seen Maker’s in the finer establishments around London and now they are making a big push to get everyone to enjoy their fine Kentucky bourbon.

look out for one of these

Maker’s + the Machine are going to hitting London this week with their Maker’s vending machines. Yes, vending machines, very useful invention for those on the go. Chips, candy, soda pop,porn,eggs,canned bread, live bait. Even (ewwww!) used panties-but that was only in Japan and has thankfully been discontinued. And now, here in London, we’re getting our very own Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon vending machines in the City and around Shoreditch/Liverpool St. the 26,27 and 29th of May.

A brilliant idea if ever there was one. Maker’s Mark are setting up 3 vending machines around the Capital this week to dispense such bourbon-esque delights as Maker’s and gingerMaker’s and appletizer and Maker’s on the rocks. You’re probably thinking, “Ok, canned Maker’s Mark cocktails – been there done that.”  And you’d be wrong. What those wily Kentuckians have done is come up with a vending machine complete with bartender inside, making those Maker’s cocktails as fresh as can be.

So keep an eye out for those vending machines around East London. You can also follow them on Twitter@makersmachine where they will be revealing the third and final vending machine location as well as opportunities for fellow redheads to win a bottle of Maker’s Mark by posting a Twit-pic of themselves at the Makers Machine, or a bottle for anyone who guesses the final location before it is revealed.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen in a vending  machine? Tell me in the comments section…


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  2. That is the best vending machine i have ever seen!

  3. I hope I see these popping up in the States soon!

  4. We must be kindered spirits- Maker’s Mark is my all time favorite non-wine drink 🙂 I grew up in SW Ohio and made my first trip to the distillery this past New Year’s Eve. Loved it!

    • Do they still serve bourbon balls instead of the actual bourbon? I just thought it was hilarious that you can’t try actually TRY any bourbon at the distillery because they are in a dry county!

      • ebeth /

        actually…you CAN TRY as well as purchase bourbon from ALL the distilleries on the bourbon trail in KY…even the ones in dry counties. you get to try all stages of bourbon making…from the mash to the final product.
        (source: i lived there & have done the bourbon trail!)

        • All I know is when I visited Maker’s Mark back in the early 2000’s, they gave us bourbon balls to eat and told us we couldn’t taste any bourbon (or try anything mash or otherwise) because they were in a dry county. Could be things have changed. They did, however,let us buy the half bottles of Maker’s that we had hand dipped ourselves in red wax 🙂

  5. Hope you get a chance to come back and take the free Kentucky Cooperage (bourbon barrel-making factory) tour! It’s terrific. Maker’s Mark Distillery isn’t actually located in Loretto. That’s just where the closest post office is located. Maker’s Mark is between Lebanon and Loretto. Lebanon is also home of the Cooperage and The Oak Barrel restaurant, both right on Main Street. Great companion pieces for our wonderful distillery tour. Learn more at

    • Thanks! I would love to stop by and see the cooperage. The next time I’m in the States and round Kentucky way, I’ll pop in. 🙂


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