Sunday we took a road trip to the Markers Mark Distillery. The ride down there was beautiful even though the dogwood and daffodils have not yet begun to bloom. The sun shining and the warm weather was proof enough that it will be soon.
Markers Mark is located in a small community nestled in the "knobs" called Loretto Kentucky. Which incidentally is also the home of the Trappist monastery, Gethsemani where Thomas Merton resided for five years.
Bourbon and Monks? Ironic in a sense.
The Internet claimed the distillery was open every Sunday with the exception of Easter. They lied! It was not open to the public and we realized it as we drove into the parking lot. Only a few pickup trucks were parked at what appeared to be a receiving area. The weekend keepers of the corn mash.
A security guard affirmed our realization....and we must have look pretty disappointed because he decided to give us his own personal mini tour of the Fermenting house. The smell alone could blow a legal intoxication. The cypress vats were 12 feel deep and bubbling with sour mash.
The memory of a childhood trip came to me with great clarity. I was about five years old and we were on a tour of the Old Crow Distillery in Frankfort. I was leaning over the side of one of the vats and began to fall in!! My Aunt Pat grabbed the back of my dress and pulled me out.
The security guard was named Robbie and he was so accommodating and would not take the money I offered him. Two car loads arrived as we were leaving. He firmly told them Markers Mark was closed. I cannot wait to go back and get the full tour.
This area of Kentucky is full of history that will take more than one sunny afternoon to explore. The monastery, a civil war museum, the birth place of Abe Lincoln, and several other Distilleries. There are people who travel around the country visiting all the Major League Baseball Fields. Joe and I have decided that we will visit all the bourbon distilleries in Kentucky