Bourbon Growth Leads Beam Suntory To Americas Sales Rise

Beam Suntory posted a mid-single-digit sales increase in its Americas region for 2015, led by strong progress for its Bourbon stable. Maker’s Mark showed robust volume growth in the Americas during the year, while fellow Bourbons Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s were up by double-digits. Full story

Beam Suntory considers opening downtown Chicago office

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After Japanese whiskey maker Suntory Holdings bought Beam Inc. to form Beam Suntory in 2014, the company said it would keep its headquarters in suburban Deerfield. Now, however, the company appears to be looking to move some of those corporate employees to downtown Chicago, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. Full story

Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse Experience

This city continues to find engaging ways to celebrate its state’s proud bourbon heritage aside from the plentiful availability of the beverage. The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse provides those frequenting Louisville’s downtown area with another convenient opportunity to learn more about one of the world’s most popular whiskeys without committing to a daytrip with tour costs to see its rural origins. Full story

Merging US, Japan Work Cultures a Challenge for Beam Suntory

The head of Japanese whiskey maker Suntory said Friday that merging work cultures remains a major challenge, more than 20 months after his company acquired the U.S. maker of Jim Beam bourbon.

Takeshi Niinami, the president and CEO of Suntory Holdings Ltd., said integration is difficult because Japanese and American employees have differing career aspirations and compensation systems. Full story


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Quality, Craftsmanship and Style Come Together to Create the Perfect Gift for 100 Bourbon Fans

DEERFIELD, IL–(Marketwired – Oct 29, 2015) – Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, a distinctive super-premium bourbon known for its trademark spicy finish, and Quoddy®, the Maine-based footwear brand with a century-old family tradition of shoemaking, have come together to create 100 limited edition gift sets for the upcoming holiday season, perfect for bourbon fans who appreciate handcrafted, American-made finds. The co-branded gift sets will be exclusively available for purchase beginning November 1 at the “Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Holiday Shop” on, an online curator and retailer of products that inspire active, adventurous and stylish lives. Continue reading

Urban Stillhouse is Louisville’s latest monument to ‘bourbonism’


Bourbon tourism has been given a name by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer: Bourbonism.

The mayor defines that as the act of coming to Kentucky and enjoying good bourbon and food. We’ve seen Fischer drop this term here and there. Today he got a big reason to use it when Deerfield, Ill.-based Beam Suntory Inc. opened its new Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse at Fourth Street Live in downtown Louisville. Full story