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Bourbon Makers Create Special Blend As Tribute To Ailing Distiller

on 15/07/13 at 4:01 pm

Booze News

indexKentucky’s bourbon makers are banding together to support one of their own and to raise money for research into ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Seven distilleries are creating a one-time only special blend of their best stuff in tribute to Heaven Hill master distiller emeritus Parker Beam, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis last year.

As a sixth-generation distiller from the storied Beam family, Parker Beam has made a mark on Kentucky bourbon that extends beyond the bottle.

“I admire Parker and respect him for everything he’s accomplished in nearly 54 years at Heaven Hill, but most of all he’s a true gentleman and friend,” said Jim Rutledge, master distiller at Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg. “For years, I felt like he was more than a friend, felt like he was a brother, and I’m probably not the only one who feels that way.”

Bourbon from Four Roses, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark will be blended together with Parker’s selections from Heaven Hill for Master Distillers’ Unity, as it will be known.