Maker’s Mark 46 Cellar

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Buffalo Construction, Inc.
March 8, 2018
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Old Forester Distillery
March 30, 2018

Maker’s Mark 46 Cellar

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  • DateMarch 21, 2018
Maker’s Mark 46 Cellar
Loretto, Kentucky

Following the introduction of Maker’s 46 in 2010, Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc. needed a special place to house the bourbon. In 2016, Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. teamed with Hubbuch & Company to design and engineer the exact place.

The 12,000 square foot building which houses up to 2,000 barrels is truly unique, but not an easy assignment for the design team. Dynamite was utilized to blast a portion of limestone shelf. From the large blast, a cave was dug and the facility was constructed. Due to the critical environment, the design of the HVAC system was crucial.

The Maker’s Mark 46 Cellar was awarded Excellence in Architecture Design from AIA Kentucky in 2017.

Highlights of KGEI’s design include:

  • Working continuously with Makers Mark, KGEI, Master Distillers and research staff determined that a critical environment was required for the perfection of their unique Product 46.
  • KGEI collaborated with the owner and architect to develop this environment combining a natural rock formed structure with a fluid cooling system to provide the necessary interior climate.