The second annual James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference

March 10-12, 2021 - Virtual Event

Take a look at our tentative agenda and list of speakers.

Early bird rates are available until Feb 28, 2021.

Registration closes on March 8, 2021.

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Already registered? Join us for pre-conference networking on our virtual event platform.

2021 Beam Institute Conference

The University of Kentucky’s James B. Beam Institute welcomes you to join us at our second Annual Industry Conference. Our team acknowledge that this year will be different as we need to be separated in a virtual conference. But we are excited to present a fast-moving agenda packed with thoughtful speakers on cutting edge subjects that will make for a valuable event. The content will span the breadth of the industry, with content designed to inform, engage and inspire industry representatives, students and researchers from national and international audiences. If you currently work, or aspire to work in a distillery, cooperage, bottling or distribution company, or in the fields of tourism, agriculture, technology or manufacturing, or even if you just really enjoy spirits, this is the conference for you.

This event will take place on the virtual event platform, Whova.

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Signature Partner

Kentucky Distillers' Association


2021 Conference Partners

If you are interested in becoming a conference partner, please contact Victoria Pook.


Betz Specialty & Custom Chemical Co.

Blue & Co.

Brooks Grain


Digested Organics

Geosyntec Consultants


Industrial Safety Training Services

Joseph & Joseph + Bravura Architects


Shrout Tate Wilson Consulting Engineers

Stone Fences Tours

TKT & Associates

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Past Events

The Inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference

Feb 27, 2020

The inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference welcomed farmers, representatives and staff from local and regional distilleries, secondary industries and tourism for a day of continuing education. The program included presentations from a range of industry professionals and academic researchers, industry vendors, educational exhibits and research posters.

Beam Institute Conference

Seth DeBolt presents research on American white oak and the inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference.

Vendors, Educational Exhibits and Posters in the Grand Ballroom.

The event, held at the Gatton Student Center, University of Kentucky, attracted more than 400 attendees representing 19 different states.

Photo credit: The Bourbon Tutor, "An Inside Look at the Inaugural James B. Beam Institute Bourbon Industry Conference at the University of Kentucky."