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James B. Beam Institute receives donation of barrel storage equipment to advance teaching, research

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky An equipment donation from Koetter Construction will enable the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky to construct a modern barrel-storage system inside the Independent Stave Company – Boswell Family Barrel Warehouse at the institute. “With the announcement that the James B. Beam Institute was going to build a barrel warehouse...

UK’s Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits inks partnership with Scotch Whisky Research Institute

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits recently announced a partnership with the Scotch Whisky Research Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. The partnership will enhance stability in the spirits industry worldwide and allow the institutions to study distilled spirits together. “This is a great opportunity to carry our efforts...

UK’s James B. Beam Institute rallies industry partners to provide vital sanitizer during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of vital sanitizer for everyone. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky has rallied during the crisis and gathered industry partners to make sure UK HealthCare and the entire UK campus has enough sanitizer to reopen more safely this fall. “Early on in the pandemic, we made about...

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...

UK’s James B. Beam Institute providing sanitizer to health care workers, instructions to spirits industry

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic is creating shortages of sanitizing products in hospitals. Across the nation, spirits distillers are stepping up to help and using their products and equipment to make hand sanitizer for healthcare workers. At the University of Kentucky, The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits is making sanitizer and going a step further by creating...

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...

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...