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June 2018

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june 2018  /  the tasting panel  /  51 WOMEN IN WHISKY I Am Woman, Bartenders at a recent Maker's Mark event in San Francisco tested their skills with wax as they deconstructed the brand's characteristic scents into a set of soy candles. MAKER'S MARK HONORS MARGIE SAMUELS AND FELLOW WOMEN OF THE WHISKY INDUSTRY by Mara Marski / photos by John Curley Tara Soltow, Beam Suntory's Field Marketing Manager for Northern California and Hawaii, demonstrates the Maker's Mark dipping process on a matchstick bottle. H eld annually on March 8, International Women's Day aims to recognize the achievements of women around the world while furthering conversations around global gender equality. On the eve of this year's celebration, Maker's Mark invited a group of San Francisco–area bartenders to help honor the many women-led contribu- tions behind the iconic bourbon brand while also recognizing the women making their mark on the industry today. Nearly 30 members of the trade joined Beam Suntory West Coast American Whiskey Ambassador Megan Breier to explore some of the lesser-known history of Maker's Mark, which Breier said "is pow- ered by women." She went on to name-drop a few of those notable figures, including Margie Samuels, who co-founded Maker's Mark with her husband Bill Hear Me Pour

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