James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits
August 7 Ribbon Cutting
Research, teaching and outreach driven by economic sustainability, environmental stewardship and responsible consumption.
- October 2014: UK Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies (DWBS) certificate is proposed
- Fall 2015: DWBS certificate is launched with Dr. Seth Debolt serving as certificate director; Debolt has remained director since its inception
- April 2019: $5 million partnership with Beam Suntory is announced and the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits is formally organized
- Feb 2020: Institute hosts inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference
- March 2020: Independent Stave Company and Boswell Family give $1 million for maturation warehouse
- November 2020: Koetter Construction announces donation of K-RAX System
- March 2021: Vendome Copper and Brass Works announces gift of 30' copper still
- March 2023: 4th Annual James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference attracts more than 800 attendees from around the world
- April 2023: Vendome Copper & Brass Works delivers and installs 30' tall / 12" copper still
Details on New Facilities:
Distillery: Largest teaching distillery in the world; 30-foot tall, 12 in. column still; Capacity to produce a barrel a day
Maturation Warehouse: 600-barrel capacity; includes K-RAX System for safe, top quality barrel storage
- Tours will be offered to the public in early 2024
- Aimee Nielson, Agricultural Communications Specialist
UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
- Jenny Wells-Hosley, Deputy Director
UK Public Relations and Marketing
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The result of a $5 million partnership with Beam Suntory first announced in 2019, the University of Kentucky hosted a ribbon cutting for its on-campus research and teaching distillery on August 7.
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