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James B Beam Institute

James B Beam Institute University of Kentucky


The Beam Institute will lead the global advancement of the American whiskey industry through workforce education, scientific discovery, environmental sustainability, community and social responsibility.


The Beam Institute supports the global growth and sustainability of the American whiskey industry.

The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky is the bourbon industry’s research and development vehicle. The Beam Institute offers multidisciplinary research strengths to ensure sustained competitiveness of Kentucky’s spirits industry and its supply chain. A further commitment is to develop the state’s workforce and provide opportunities for economic growth via process efficiency and outreach. In creating exceptional teaching, research and outreach programs, the Beam Institute is a leader for Kentucky’s spirits industry from farm to product.

Responsible Consumption Commitment

UK and Jim Beam are dedicated to the responsible consumption of alcohol and together will develop and expand successful alcohol awareness programs, including programming already funded by Beam Suntory. For more information on the University of Kentucky’s student well-being programs and services, visit WellKentucky and the Student Wellness Center. To learn more about how alcohol affects you as an individual, and how to make the right choices for yourself and those around you, visit Drink Smart.

2021 Beam Institute Annual Report

We are pleased to share our 2021 annual report with you. You can read about institute activities,  research, faculty fellows, alumni and students in the Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies Certificate program at UK, and view the renderings for our Beam Institute Building.

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View/download the pdf of the report