Seventh-generation Beam distiller shines in Lebanon, readies first bourbon release

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By 1980, whiskey had been in a long, arduous drought; for years, it had been looked upon as a rough, low-quality drink. “It wasn’t a good time for bourbon,” says Steve Beam, co-founder and distiller for Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Ky. “People had switched to wine in the ’70s. If they were drinking distilled spirits, it was vodka.” Full story

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