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UK’s James B. Beam Institute receives donation of distilling equipment to advance teaching, research

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky received a large donation of distilling equipment from the institute’s founding partner, the James B. Beam Distilling Company. Jim Beam’s donation included two tractor-trailer loads of stills, tanks, pumps and instruments from the historic craft distillery in Clermont, reducing...

Independent Stave Company, Boswell family give $1 million for spirits maturation warehouse at UK

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Independent Stave Company and the Boswell Family are giving $1 million to the University of Kentucky to further spirits research at the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The gift will fund a maturation facility that will allow the Beam Institute to experiment with barrel aging spirits produced in its research distillery. “The creation of the James...

Inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference coming to UK’s Gatton Student Center

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon is an $8.6 billion industry in Kentucky and boasts more than 21,000 jobs and rising, accounting for a third of all distilling jobs in the United States. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky will offer an inaugural industry conference Feb. 27 in the UK Gatton Student Center. The Beam Institute is a collaboration...

Project to map white oak DNA aims to provide greater understanding of major part of state’s signature spirit

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon isn’t bourbon without the mighty white oak. Distillers have been aging bourbon in oak barrels as far back as the Roman Empire. Oak barrels give bourbon its unique caramel, vanilla, nutty and toasted flavors. Kentucky distillers rely especially on the white oak. But what if disease hits the species? How would industry professionals protect it? The University...

UK College of Ag celebrates renovation of historic home, formation of Beam Institute of Ky. Spirits

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky University of Kentucky officials gathered beside the historic Cooper House last week to celebrate its rebirth as the new front door for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UK officials also recognized the establishment of the previously announced James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, which will lay the educational foundation for the future...