Beam Institute Rendering

About the Institute

Founded in 2019, 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.

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

Beam Institute Mission

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

Beam Institute Vision


4th Annual James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference

- Bill Gatton Student Center

Join 600 distillation, farming, tourism, manufacturing and supply chain professionals and researchers to learn about best practices and exchange ideas at the 4th annual James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference, March 13-15, 2023.

2021 Annual Report

Read our 2021 Annual Report to catch up on our past activities

2021 Annual Report

Contact Information

Seth DeBolt, Ph.D.

309 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546-0312