Maker’s Mark Wants to Make-Over Your Home Bar (And a Friend’s), HGTV Style

Maker's 46. Courtesy Maker's Mark Bourbon.
Maker's 46. Courtesy Maker's Mark Bourbon.

Iconic Kentucky whiskey brand Maker’s Mark wants to makeover you bar, HGTV style. The bourbon distiller has partnered with Orlando Soria of HGTV’s “Build Me Up,” which is in its second season. 

The contest, which has been dubbed “Remarkable Home Bar,” challenges anyone to shout out a remarkable person in your life—friend, teacher, parent or coach—that you would most like to treat to a drink (specifically Maker’s Mark). If you two win, Soria will personally consult on and design matching home bars for each of you, so you can feel like you’re having a drink together, anytime.

The contest, which is already going on, closes up nominations on June 9. By then, you need to:

  1. Log into Twitter between May 19-June 9, 2021.
  2. In 280 characters or less, tell us about the remarkable person in your life, who must also be 21 years of age or older, that you would like to treat to a Maker’s Hour and why.
  3. Tag @MakersMark and use #MakersHour so we can find your nomination.
  4. Don’t worry, we won’t just show up and start building in your home. We’ll let you know if your nomination is in the running and will notify you if you’ve won.

“Each bar will be complete with bar seating for up to four guests,” Maker’s Mark explains, “gorgeous bottle displays, accent pieces, functional drinks equipment, and the perfect lighting to set the tone for the ultimate Maker’s Hour.” 

Soria, who grew up in Yosemite National Park, broke into the HGTV world as an assistant on the show “Secrets from a Stylist.” He’s since become known as a “Bar Architect,” and has opened his own firm, created the Hommemaker Blog (now, and written a book called “Get It Together.”

It’s a great opportunity for a revamp to your social space, now that people are starting to socialize again. 

Find more information here, or follow @makersmark on Twitter, or use the hashtag #MakersHour.

G. Clay Whittaker
Clay is Editor at Large of The Bourbon Review. He has written about whiskey, food, drink, and culture for Esquire, Playboy, Men's Journal, Popular Science, Southern Living, Maxim, among others.