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American Still Life. The Jim Beam Story and the Making of the World's #1 Bourbon

  • ID: 2217492
  • Book
  • September 2003
  • Region: Global, United States
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Barrel proof and unfiltered! As usual Pacult has delved deep, and revealed many hitherto unknown facts about the Beams. Best of all, though, this is a fascinating, page–turning look into America?s royal family of whiskey."

Gary and Mardee Haidin Regan, authors of
The Book of Bourbon

Publishers of ardentspirits.com

"With his ?Old Jake Beam Sour Mash,? Jacob Beam launched a whiskey dynasty. It?s a superb story, and no one spins a great story better than F. Paul Pacult, America?s most respected authority on distilled spirits."
Robert Whitley, Wine & Spirits Columnist, Copley News Service

"This is a stellar piece of documented history written in a most accessible style. With legions of disciples, F. Paul Pacult is a legend in the making."
Robert Plotkin, Spirits Author, BarMedia

"Highly regarded as America?s preeminent authority on spirits, Paul Pacult relates a fascinating story of authentic pioneer and entrepreneurial endeavor, intertwined in a family saga spanning generations, all in the background of creating one of the most enduring and recognizable global brands, Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey. Pacult portrays figures larger than life up against the major events of our country?s history, with a cast of characters and style that reads like a novel."
David Talbot, Associate Publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"An epic American story told with passion and insight."
Anthony Dias Blue, Wine & Spirits Editor, Bon Appétit

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Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv


1 Jacob Beam and Surviving in a Harsh Land 3

2 David Beam and Pre–Civil War Kentucky 37

3 David M. Beam and the Debris of War 59


4 Jim Beam and the Making of a Bourbon Whiskey Brand 85

5 T. Jeremiah and Carl Beam: Jim Beam Bourbon Steps onto the World Stage 115

6 Booker Noe: Big Man, Small Batch 141

7 Other Beams: Behind Every Good Bourbon Whiskey 169

8 Finding a Crown for the Jewel 189

Appendix A Tasting Notes on Jim Beam Bourbons 209

Appendix B The Jim Beam Bourbon Timeline 221

Bibliography 229

Index 233

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F. Paul Pacult
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