Glenna Joyce becomes first Beam Institute Head Distiller

The University of Kentucky James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits has named its first head distiller – Glenna Joyce. As head distiller, she will oversee all aspects of spirit production at the Institute.


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

2023 Annual Report

Annual Report (PDF)

Distillation, Wine and Brewing Scholarships

The University of Kentucky and other organizations offer distilling, wine, and brewing scholarships to students eager to learn about the beverage alcohol industry. 

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KY Signature Industries Career Fair - Distillation, Wine, Brewing & Equine

- University of Kentucky Bill Gatton Student Center

Looking for a job in distilling, winemaking or brewing or are you hiring in these areas? This career fair brings together employers in distilling and adjacent industries and those seeking to find a career in Distillation, Wine and Brewing from all over the state. We are partnering with UK's Equine programs to highlight and showcase Kentucky's Signature Industries and to help employers hire talent for interns, co-ops and full time positions.

6th Annual James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference, March 17-19, 2025

- Bill Gatton Student Center at the University of Kentucky

Join 1200 distillers, researchers, distillery and supporting industry professionals for 3 days of learning and information exchange in Kentucky's Signature industry

How Bourbon Impacts the Commonwealth:

Source: Kentucky Distillers' Association Economic Impact Report (released January 2024)


Jobs Generated


Barrels Aging in Kentucky


Economic Impact


Bushels of Corn and Grains Purchased by Distillers


State and Local Tax Revenue


Visitor Experiences

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it's what we do every day.

Dr. Seth Debolt, Institute Director
Find us at 1320 Nicholasville Road Lexington, KY

Contact Information

Seth DeBolt, Ph.D.

309 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546-0312