Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto
No distillery embodies tourism better than Maker’s Mark, the first to truly embrace a visitor experience. You may know Maker’s Mark for its red-dripping wax, but did you know its corn and wheat come from local farmers? Further, Maker’s operates the smallest column stills among the larger distilleries and makes whiskey the old way.
Production reasons aside, the Maker’s campus has a late 1800s ambiance with old-timey, black-and-red warehouses, free-flowing streams over limestone rock, and black iron benches that encourage you to sit and take it all in. Of course, the custom Dale Chihuly glass art ceiling in a warehouse and the newly unveiled barrel-storage cave bring you back to the 21st century.
Perhaps the best part of a Maker’s Mark visit: you get to dip your own bottle in its signature red wax.