Maker’s Mark CommUNITY Bourbon Release

Maker's Mark

Over the last few months, the nation and the world have experienced a phenomenon like no other. Everyday normalcies – trips to the grocery store, visits with family, food and beverage experiences, have been eradicated or modified in ways we would never expect. When the Coronavirus pandemic swept the nation and shut downs took place, The LEE Initiative (Let’s Empower Employment) and Maker’s Mark stepped in. Led by James Beard Award Winner, author, restaurateur and chef, Edward Lee and Program Managing Director, Lindsey Ofcacek, The LEE Initiative, with support from Maker’s Mark, supported the food, beverage and hospitality industry as a whole with freshly cooked meals, much needed supplies, resources and more, with 19 relief kitchens established across the country.
Fast forward to today, The LEE Initiative, Maker’s Mark and their industry partners have come together to give back in a new and never-before seen way. Enter the Maker’s Mark CommUNITY Batch – a special release bourbon created by the community, for the community, to support trade and hospitality partners around the country. The special release bourbon is a unique expression created from the equally unique expressions of 37 of our special partners’ Private Selections. By combining the stave profiles of their Private Selection barrels, this limited release reflects the remarkable strength – and distinct taste profile – of each community, resulting in an exceptional blend.
For the first time in history, Maker’s Mark will be creating a unique bourbon release, called CommUNITY batch to a specific cause. Customers can get their hands on this limited release ONLY through various LEE Initiative events, some virtual, being held across the country. The tickets for this bourbon and events will be available through donations to The LEE Initiative. Our website will list those opportunities starting in a few weeks, and the funds raised will create a trust that has the potential to help us carry our industry through future disasters.

#GivingTuesday Virtual Toast with Chef Edward Lee featuring Jane Bowie, Director of Innovation for Maker’s Mark

On Tuesday, December 1st join LEE founder and Maker’s Mark for a toast and tasting.

Chef Edward Lee will share the initiatives that will be made possible with your purchase of a bottle of CommUNITY Batch. Jane will guide you through how the bourbon was handcrafted. All tickets include a bottle of the Maker’s Mark CommUNITY Batch – a limited release only available here. Must be 21 or older to purchase a ticket and to attend this event. Bottle pick up for this virtual event will be available at the LEE Initiative Relief Center locations listed below. All bottles must be pre-purchased through the link below. No bottles will be sold at the Relief Center locations. Valid ID matching the ticketholder must be provided at pick up. Pick up times and details as well as Zoom Link for the toast and tasting will be provided via email.


Pickup at Great Bagel on Boston Road
includes a cookie pack
Click here for details & tickets


Pickup at 610 Magnolia
Includes BBQ for two
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Maker’s Mark CommUNITY Bottle EVENTS

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Covington, KY
December 1, 2020 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Drive Thru. Each Bottle includes a jar of Bouquet’s house made mustard.

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Blind Tiger
Tampa, FL
December 4, 2020 5:00-8:00 pm
In-person event bottle pick-up using the pick-up system established during our relief efforts earlier this year. LEE Initiative is sponsoring a gift with each bottle: a Makers Mark barrel rested bourbon coffee ($10 value).

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Atlanta, GA
December 15 2020 6:00-9:00 pm
Event will include passed Appetizers and a pour of Maker’s Mark Community Batch to virtually share along with Chef Edward Lee and Jane Bowie. Additional pours will be available for purchase.

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
John Howie Steak
Bellevue, WA
Pick up November 30th or December 1st
4:00-8:00 PM PST
Option 1
Barrel Aged Cocktail: The Bravern Manhattan (Serves two 3oz drinks)
Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength, Cynar, Dry Vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Peach Bitters
5oz Bag JHS Maker’s Mark Personal Selection Caramel Corn
Bottle of Maker’s Mark The Community Batch

Option 2
(2) 6oz USDA Prime Filets Raw-Comes with cooking instructions
(1) 2oz John Howie Steak Seasoning
(1) 5oz Bag JHS Maker’s Mark Personal Selection Caramel Corn
Bottle of Maker’s Mark The Community Batch


Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Little Branch
New York, NY
December 1, 2020 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Swing by Iconic Speak Easy Little Branch for a Maker’s Mark Cocktail & Cheers with you Maker’s Mark family.

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Washington, DC
December 1, 2020 4:00pm – 6:00pm
“Dinner for Two” package with every bottle: an order of dumplings (2 each of shrimp, veggie, beef & pork), Korean fried chicken, Chap Chae (stir fry of glass noodles with mixed veggies and beef), and a Banchan set (kimchi and assorted Korean pickles).

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Peter McManus Cafe
New York, NY
December 1, 2020 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Swing by iconic Peter McManus, one of our participating Private Select accounts to grab a Maker’s Mark Cocktail, & your Community Batch bottle.

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
The Olmsted
Brooklyn, NY
December 2, 2020 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Come by The Olmsted for a delicious dinner prepared by famed Chef Greg Baxtrom & pick up your Community Batch Bottle!
If you are unable to make it to event date listed, but can come another date during hours of operation please bring proof of donation with you.

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Pizza Lobo
Chicago, IL
December 8, 2020 4:00pm – 10:00pm
A donation of $80 will get you the following: a bottle of Maker’s Mark Community Batch, a large Margherita pizza from Pizza Lobo, and a bottled ready-to-mix cocktail base with instructions on the bottle.

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Seattle, WA
December 1, 2020 5:00pm
Option 1 – $95

2 Pieces of cast iron corn bread with maple butter
1 Maker’s Mark Cocktail
1 Bottle of The Community Batch

Option 2 – $125
2 Pieces of cast iron corn bread with maple butter
Burnt ends seared pork and beef belly with jalepeno crème
2 individual Shepards Pies – smoked debris meat, roasted root veggies, brisket jus, whipped potato
1 Bottle of The Community Batch


Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Los Angeles, CA
December 1, 2020 8:00am – 6:00pm

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Wayne, PA
December 1, 2020 6PM and 8:30PM
Join Teresa’s Café in Wayne, PA to celebrate the unveiling of the Maker’s Mark Community Barrel. Teresa’s was chosen to host this event, to highlight their very own Maker’s Private Select, “Proof is in the Pudding”. With this amazing taste profile, Teresa’s stave selection has been blended into this featured Community Barrel.

Maker's Mark | LEE Initiative
Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits (Buckhead)
Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2020