Jim Beam Bourbon has its roots in Kentucky, dating back to the 18th century when a farmer by the name of Jacob Beam distilled whisky for his own personal use. By 1795 he was selling his product to locals and establishing the Beam name synonymous with Kentucky Bourbon whisky. Today the Jim Beam Outpost provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the distilling, Jim Beam the company and the legacy created by over 200 years with the same recipe and process as that first barrel of “Old Jake Beam Sour Mash” sold in 1795!
The Jim Beam Outpost is your starting and finishing point for your visit to learn about Jim Beam. We were immediately greeted with a friendly lady offering us homemade chocolate bourbon balls. It is also here that you can watch a video and read about the distilling process used to make Jim Beam Bourbon. There are several exhibits inside, as well as around the grounds adjacent to the Outpost. The walking tour will take you to the cooperage museum, a rare one-of-a-kind antique moonshine still and to see how the oak barrels are made. No tour to a distillery would be complete without a visit to the “rack house” where the barrels of Jim Beam Bourbon are aging in oak barrels.
Also on the property at the Outpost is the 1911 T. Jeremiah Beam House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been fully restored, with the first floor accessible to visitors. The beautiful antiques, photos, and family heirlooms throughout tell the story of the family history. It is also in this building that samples are provided to guests of legal drinking age.
With the Beam Family name now Noe, today seventh generation Beam heir Frederick Booker Noe III oversees production to assure that whisky produced today is identical to that which was first sold back in 1795. On the front lawn of the Beam Family home is a life-sized bronze sculpture of Booker Noe, the grandson of Jim Beam. It was under his stewardship that Jim Beam flourished and became the number one American whisky. He passed away in 2004.
Back in the gift shop located inside the Outpost, visitors can purchase a variety of logo’ed items including barware, apparel, candies, and small gift sized packages of Jim Beam.
The Jim Beam Outpost is open Monday through Saturday, 9am – 4:30pm and Sundays 1pm – 4pm and tours are free.