<p>Bourbon is America’s whiskey, and few distillers have been making it for longer than the Beam family.</p><p>Seven generations of Beams have manufactured bourbon in Kentucky’s bluegrass hills, ever since a farmer named Jacob Beam first sold barrels of corn whiskey from an 18th century distillery he called Old Tub. </p><p>Jacob wouldn’t recognize the operation that makes Jim Beam today. The brand’s parent company -- Beam Inc., based in Deerfield, Illinois -- had $2.47 billion in sales from spirits last year. Bloomberg visited the Jim Beam distillery in Claremont, Kentucky, to give you a taste of their process.</p> Source: Photograph by Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
Beam Inc., the U.S. maker of Jim Beam, Canadian Club and Maker’s Mark, was sued for $100 million by an importer that claims Beam and its Cooley Distillery unit broke a contract to supply it with Michael Collins Irish Whiskey.
Suntory Holdings Ltd., the closely held Japanese whiskey and beer maker, is exploring the possibility of making an offer for the U.S. distiller Beam Inc., according to an official of the Osaka-based company.
Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Canadian Club liquors, said it’s investigating its operations in India after a report of possible violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.