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Jim Beam Distillery

Posted Apr 05 2011 8:01pm

How often do you visit touristy places in your own town? I almost never do, and I recently discovered that to be a mistake. Your own backyard is probably filled with interesting and low cost ways to have fun. I can’t take credit for this idea, but my friend Beth recently asked me if I wanted to visit a distillery. To be honest I thought it was a weird idea at first, but I decided it could be fun.

If you remember my New Years Goals, one of them was to be more social. I jumped at the chance to hang out with some new friends. I had a great time! I happen to love wine tasting and visiting wineries. Visiting a distillery is very similar. We went on a tour of the grounds and learned about bourbon making and the state I call home.

Bourbon is a type of whiskey made primarily from corn. It is widely associated with Kentucky because of the ideal weather conditions (unpredictable) and the prevalence of limestone water.

All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Here are some of the legal requirements  for bourbon:

  • Must be produced in the United States
  • Must contain at least 51% corn
  • Must be aged in new, charred oak barrels

Jim Beam Distillery is located in Clermont, KY which is just about 20 miles from Louisville.

We took a guided Heritage Tour of the historic T. Jeremiah Beam home where three generations of Beam distillers lived overlooking the scenic landscape and towering rack houses.

We finished our tour by sampling two bourbons, Bookers and Red Stag, in the tasting room and finished it off with a chocolate bourbon ball candy.

Bookers was strooong!

Red Stag was cherry flavored bourbon. This was my favorite! Afterwards we browsed the gift shop. I purchased a Kentucky cookbook that will soon be featured on the blog.

Best of all? This was absolutely free. It was a fun and inexepensive way to spend the day. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much we are in the process of completing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail , which features six local bourbon distilleries.

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