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UK distilling, wine and brewing students learn about art and career potential of blending in spirits industry

Don McGrew, Americas Blending Technical Manager for the James B. Beam Distilling Company, talks to UK students about the art of getting the right barrels in the right bottles. (Photo by Matt Barton) By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Don McGrew knows bourbon, from seed to sip, barrel to bottle. He’s been in the spirits industry for more than a quarter of a century and is currently the Americas...

Jim Beam Bourbon donates $5 million to UK for the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits

Jim Beam® Bourbon will donate $5 million to the University of Kentucky to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The institute will educate the next generation of distillers through a curriculum that covers the skills needed to succeed in the distilled spirits industry at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Seth Debolt, UK horticulture professor, will serve as...

Sen. Damon Thayer receives Kentucky Tourism Award for Legislative Leadership from KTIA

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) has awarded Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer the inaugural Kentucky Tourism Award for Legislative Leadership (TALL). The TALL honors legislators for outstanding tourism leadership in their district and throughout the Commonwealth. It was presented to Thayer on Tuesday during the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission Business After...

Marshall County’s Bluegrass VR wins second Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Bluegrass VR from Marshall County High School won the top prize at the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) 2nd annual competition finals, hosted April 28at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business. Advised by Lisa Devillez, Bluegrass VR team members Claire Harmon and Daniel Sills each won $25,000 in scholarship funds to be used at any in state post-secondary...

Beam Suntory in Clermont presented with second Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Beam Suntory in Clermont recently to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,025,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “On behalf of Gov. Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I would like to congratulate Beam Suntory in Clermont on earning its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary...