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Jim Beam Distillery (Complete Guide)

Last updated Oct 26, 2020 | Published on Oct 19, 2019

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by Matty Sims

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There is no way I could cover everything there is to say about Jim Beam at one time, so my plan is to continually update this page as time permits for me to research and write more.

Jim Beam is a historic brand of bourbon whiskey headquartered in Clermont, KY. Owned by Beam Suntory, a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan. The Beam family started making whiskey in 1795 but were interrupted by Prohibition.

The Beam Family Legacy

Jacob Beam (Jim Beam Distillery)

Seven Beams have continued the legacy as master distillers of the brand including:

  • Johannes “Jacob” Beam (1760–1834)
  • David Beam (1802–1854)
  • James Beauregard Beam (1864–1947)
  • T. Jeremiah Beam (1899–1977)
  • Booker Noe (Frederick Booker Noe II, 1929–2004)
  • Fred Noe (Frederick Booker Noe III, 1957–)

The Beams have their family roots in other distilleries as well like Heaven Hill (whose had Beam’s distilling their whiskeys since its inception) and Limestone Branch Distillery (which was founded and is currently run by Beams).

Retired Master Distiller Jerry Dalton (1998–2007) was the only Master Distiller not part of the Beam family to be a master distillery and when he retired a Beam took back over.

For more about the Beam and Noe family history check out this video with Fred and Freddie below:

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The Jim Beam Brands

Jim Beam Brands

Straight bourbon whiskeyPremium WhiskeysWhite whiskeyLiqueursSmall BatchSingle BarrelsThe OldsMaker'sOld Crow
White Label (the flagship whiskey) Jim Beam Original (4 years, 80 proof)Jim Beam Signature Craft bourbon whiskey (12 years, 86 proof)Jacob's GhostRed Stag black cherry bourbon liqueurBooker's Small BatchBaker's: aged 7 years, 107 proof (53.5% ABV)Overholt Rye WhiskeyMaker's Wheated Bourbon
Black Label Jim Beam Black (extra aged, NAS, 86 proof)Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask BourbonJim Beam AppleBasil Hayden's ("high-rye" mash bill)Jim Beam Single Barrel – 95 proof[17]Old Grand-Dad 114Maker's 46
Jim Beam Devil's Cut (6 years, bourbon extracted from the barrel's wood after emptying, 90 proof)Jim Beam Harvest Collection (Limited Release)Jim Beam HoneyKnob Creek Small BatchKnob Creek BourbonOld Grand-Dad BondedMaker's Cask Strength
Jim Beam Bonded (4 years, 100 proof, bottled in bond)Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks Finished)Jim Beam Kentucky FireKnob Creek RyeOld Grand-DadMaker's Private Select
Jim Beam Double OakStraight Rye WhiskeyJim Beam MapleMaker's RC6 (Limited Release, Nationwide)
Jim Beam RyeJim Beam Red StagMaker's Mark Seared Blu 1-3 (Limited Release, KY Only)
Little BookJim Beam Vanilla
Baker's 13 Year Single Barrel (Limited Release)Jim Beam Peach

Reviews of Jim Beam Whiskeys

Booker’s C-J-06-86 Review (Dusty)

Booker’s Bourbon Batches from 1979 to 2007 had markings on the label for the barreled date. Starting in 2013 the Booker’s Bourbon Batches displayed the dump date, so Booker’s C-J-06-86 was barreled in October 6, 1986 and dumped in October 6, 1993. It is the 11th...

Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter Review (Complete Guide)

Whiskey has seen several rise and falls. World War II causes a dip in whiskey production and therefore sales and in the 70s whiskey took a hit as Vodka started to boom and people preferred lighter spirits. These Bonded Beam 1963...

Jim Beam Distillery (Complete Guide)

There is no way I could cover everything there is to say about Jim Beam at one time, so my plan is to continually update this page as time permits for me to research and write more. Jim Beam is a historic brand of bourbon whiskey headquartered in Clermont, KY. Owned...

Baker’s 13 Year Old Single Barrel Review (Complete Guide)

Baker's 13 Year Old Single Barrel is the first ever limited release for Jim Beam's Baker's Bourbon brand. It will be followed by a standard release Baker's bourbon single barrel that will retail at $70 and be a minimum of 7 years old. "Baker's Bourbon has always been...

Little Book Whiskey Review (Complete Guide)

Little Book Whiskey is an annual, limited release from Jim Beam and is a blended by Freddie Noe, grandson of Booker Noe and son of Freddie Noe, current Master Distiller at Beam. This blended whiskey is uncut and unfiltered. Many blended whiskey will use neutral...

Booker’s Bourbon Batches | List of Booker’s Batches

Booker's bourbon batches are a barrel strength bourbon made by the Jim Beam distillery. It is uncut and unfiltered. It's generally aged 6 to 8 years with a proof upwards of 121. This is Booker Noe's bourbon, the famous master distiller of Jim Beam in the 80s. The...

Booker’s 2015-01: Big Man, Small Batch Review

My collection of Booker’s now starts with this crown jewel — Booker's 2015-01 Big Man, Small Batch. What I love about these old Booker’s is the way the wax is brittle. You can’t replicate that. The wax on newer batches peals away...

Touring Jim Beam

You can take tours at the original distillery in Clermont, KY or at the new Urban Stillhouse in Louisville, KY

Clermont, KY American Stillhouse

Louisville, KY Urban Stillhouse

Stay on Property in Clermont, KY

Jim Beam AirBNB Listing

According to the listing on Airbnb:

If you’ve ever wanted to stay on the grounds of a historic American distillery surrounded by delicious bourbon and gorgeous scenery, you’re in luck. For the first time, we’re opening the Jim Beam American Stillhouse cottage for you to rent, so you can live like one of the seven generations of Master Distillers and sleep in a historic and charming Kentucky house on the distillery grounds.

The space

Built in 1919, this cozy house was originally purchased for the water rights on land as it overlooks Everbach Lake on the grounds of our distillery. The three bedroom, two and a half bathroom, home away from home can welcome three bourbon lovers or three couples and comes equipped with a fully-stocked bar featuring premium bourbons, fireplace, backyard with cowboy cauldrons and nearby fishing docks.

Our stillhouse, built in 2012, is a replica of a 1930s stillhouse that showcases the bourbon-making process from start to finish. During your stay, you’ll also enjoy in-depth guided tours, bourbon tastings, and other unique elements including an original staircase from the distillery circa Prohibition, a bourbon bar with seasonal cocktails and restaurant that serves bourbon BBQ selections that are inspired from our family recipes.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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