Jacob Beam (Jim Beam Distillery)

Jim Beam Distillery [The Complete Guide]

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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 (see their commercial below).

The Beam Family Legacy

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

Overview

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

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Reviews of Jim Beam Whiskeys

Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter Tasting [Review]

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. Beam survived each dip but...

Jim Beam Distillery [The 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 Tasting [Review]

This 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 a bit of a hidden gem of our...

Little Book Tasting [Review]

Little Book is an annual, limited release from Jim Bean and is a blended American whiskey. Each blend is hand selected by Freddie Noe, son to the current Master Distiller at Beam (Fred Noe) and is uncut and unfiltered. Many blended whiskey will use neutral spirits but...

Booker’s Small Batch Bourbon [The Complete Guide]

Booker's bourbon is a barrel strength bourbon in the Jim Beam collection. It is uncut and unfiltered. It's generally aged 6 to 8 years with a proof upwards of 121. The brand was started by Booker Noe, the late distiller emeritus, who would often choose the best...

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

My collection of Booker’s now starts with this crown jewel — Big Man, Small Batch 2015-01.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 without...

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.

Start shopping for bourbon swag for your journey. The Bard’s Shop has custom tees and hoodies, books, barrels, and more.

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