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. 

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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


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