James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference

James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference

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

The 4th Annual Conference of the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits will take place March 13-15, 2023.

The annual conference welcomes scientists, farmers, representatives and staff from regional, national and international distilleries, secondary industries, and tourism for three days of continuing education. Now in its fourth year, this bourbon-focused conference is an educational program offered by the University of Kentucky's James B. Beam Institute for KY Spirits.

Collaborating with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, we are identifying key industry issues to plan 3 days of engaging topics, industry vendors and exhibits. You will learn about new industry developments and best practices.

You will enjoy interactive lunches and breaks, where you may network with vendors, colleagues, researchers and students, and view exhibits and posters. Breaks, lunches and snacks are included with your registration.

Registration for the conference is now closed. Walk-up registration for individual days will be available at the conference for $225/day.

Conference Information

You can find a conference schedule as a PDF download .  Registered conference attendees will receive a Whova conference app download link to view speaker information and start networking - even before the conference starts. In the app, you can filter by day, time and speaker and add the sessions you are most interested in to your personal schedule.

Conference Schedule

Registration is now closed! Limited numbers of walk-up registration for individual days will be available at the conference for $225/day.

The vendor expo will take place from Monday afternoon to the end of the day on Tuesday. There will be dedicated expo times for attendees to network and chat with you. If you wish to become a conference partner, you can sign up with or without adding a vendor table. Your partnership will allow us to upgrade the hospitality and provide dedicated technical or breakout sessions. You will be recognized as our partner during the event and in the conference app, Whova, which will be live 3 months before the conference.

Partner and Vendor Information (PDF)

The conference will take place from March 13-15, 2023 in the University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center, 160 Avenue of Champions, in Lexington KY. There will be ample and free parking throughout the conference days in the Cornerstone Garage between S. Upper and S. Limestone Streets, and a pedway connects the garage with the main campus for your convenience. Check out the google map on this page to view the location and plan your route.

Update: The conference rates at thepartner hotels are sold out.


We have partnered again with 3 local hotels to offer discounted rates for conference attendees. Please book by February 12, as these specials might expire then.

The Marriott Lexington City Center is one of downtown's newest hotels and offers a rate of $169/night during the conference. Please use the following link to make your reservation. Space is limited. Book by February 20, 2023.

Marrtiott Reservation Portal

21C Museum Hotel Lexington is a boutique hotel in downtown Lexington and features arts exhibits year-round. The rate is $149/night for conference attendees. Reservation Link will be live soon. Book by February 12, 2023. To book the conference rate, please use this link.

Springhill Suites Lexington is only 1 mile from the conference venue and one mile from downtown Lexington and includes breakfast and free parking. The rate is only $109/night. Book by February 20, 2023.

Download the Hotel Rates Summary flyer

If you would like to pay your invoice for a partnership or your vendor table via credit card, please use the following portal. The transactions are safe and will deposit directly to the Beam Institute Industry Conference. You will enter the amount of payment and credit card information, as well as your invoice number. You should have received an invoice after completing the vendor/partner request form.

Payment Portal

After you complete the payment, we will send you a receipt in addition to the electronic payment confirmation you receive instantly.

The scientific program was a great mix of talks on scientific, business, and DEI aspects! I also thought the organizers did a good job of balancing networking events within the exhibit hall.

2022 Conference Feedback

The research being done in our industry is exciting to see. A neutral location where distillers can share best practices and work on real world issues facing them each day.

2022 Conference Feedback edited for grammar


Contact Information

Seth DeBolt, Ph.D.

309 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546-0312