UK James B. Beam Institute offers industry-first whiskey workforce apprenticeship program

The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky is standing by its commitment to educate the next generation of distillers. The institute is partnering with the James B. Beam Distilling Company to establish the James B. Beam Whiskey Apprenticeship program. 

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UK Gaines Center for the Humanities hosts 2022 Lafayette Seminar on "Mountain Moonshine"

The seminar featured a conversation with UK alumnus and Wilderness Trail Distillery Founder Pat Heist and Beam Institute Technical Director, Jarrad Gollihue

Gin class offered for the first time in Fall 2021

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Dr. Jarrad Gollihue offered a Gin class during the fall 2021 semester, which included a competition for best product.

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Philanthropic Donations

Beam Equipment Donation

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

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White Oak Research

2021: Earth Day Champions:

UK Introduces World’s Largest American White Oak Repository and Genome Mapping Study With Maker’s Mark - Read about the 2021 updates here

2019: UK Partners With Bourbon Industry Leaders to Map White Oak Genome

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Stewarding watersheds is a key priority for the James B. Beam Institute.

Stewarding watersheds is a key priority for the James B. Beam Institute

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Outreach & Extension

Hand Sanitizer

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

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Instructional Videos

Anatomy of a Barrel

Take a look at our collection of educational videos regarding Warehouse Best Practices, Distillery Basics and Boiler Basics.

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Can you use a bourbon still to produce a 190 proof product?

Can you use a bourbon still to produce a 190 proof product?

UK Professor Brad Berron discusses the use of a bourbon still to produce 190 proof product.

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Bourbon & Spacecraft

William Maxwell Reed Seminar Series presents Bourbon & Spacecraft

Alexandre Martin, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky will present his research on the heat treatment of bourbon barrels using methods designed to model the heat shields of space craft. The seminar was recorded and is accessible via Zoom.

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Educational Activities

Distilling Lexington

This student-authored publication was produced by the WRD 225 class in Fall 2020.  If you were wondering about how to create your own infinity bottle or what the best bourbon ice cream is, here's your chance to find out!

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UK Alumnus Dylan Shoulders

UK Alumnus, Dylan Shoulders, Distillery Supervisor for Buffalo Trace, presents KY Bourbon History to students in the Bourbon Engineering Course.

UK Alumnus, Shane Baker

Wilderness Trail's Shane Baker (a UK alumnus) chats with faculty and students at UK.

Don McGrew

Don McGrew talks to UK students about the art of getting the right barrels in the right bottles.

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