Upcoming Events

4th Annual Beam Institute Industry Conference, March 13-15, 2023

The 4th Annual Conference will take place March 13-15, 2023 at the Bill Gatton Student Center, 160 Avenue of Champions on UK's campus in the heart of Lexington, KY. Start thinking about presentation topics for the 2023 edition of our annual conference. Calls for proposals will go out this summer.

The call for presentations is now live. You can find out more and submit your proposal to present until September 30, 2022 at: https://beaminstitute.ca.uky.edu/BeamConference2023

Past Events

2022 Conference

The third annual James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference took place March 14-16, 2022. Over 600 attendees attended the conference for networking, education and presentations. You can view the conference booklet and a list of speakers.

Registered attendees have access to all conference session recordings through the Whova App.

Industry Panel Night, February 25, 2022

The Beam Institute and UK's Bourbon and Distilling Club's first ever Industry Panel Night featured:

  • Alexa Narel, Quality Specialist at Wild Turkey and former E.J. Gallo Intern
  • Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace
  • Kelly Hieronymus, Creative and Marketing Director for West Sixth Brewing

2021 Conference

The second annual James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference

March 10-12, 2021 - Virtual Event

2021 Beam Institute Conference

The second Annual James B. Beam Insititute Industry Conference took place on Mar 10-12, 2021. The agenda covered a wide range of distilled spirits-focused topics from quality and sensory evaluation to distillery financing and diversity, equity and inclusion in the distilled spirits industry. Held online, the event attracted more than 400 attendees, with participants joining from 33 states, Canada and the United Kingdom.


The Inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference

Feb 27, 2020

The inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference welcomed farmers, representatives and staff from local and regional distilleries, secondary industries and tourism for a day of continuing education. The program included presentations from a range of industry professionals and academic researchers, industry vendors, educational exhibits and research posters.

Beam Institute Conference

Seth DeBolt presents research on American white oak and the inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference.

Vendors, Educational Exhibits and Posters in the Grand Ballroom.

The event, held at the Gatton Student Center, University of Kentucky, attracted more than 400 attendees representing 19 different states.

Photo credit: The Bourbon Tutor, "An Inside Look at the Inaugural James B. Beam Institute Bourbon Industry Conference at the University of Kentucky."