In early 2014, Modern Thirst took a stroll down the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visited Jim Beam’s massive American Stillhouse in Clermont, KY.  (See post about previous visit here.)

In February of this year, as part of the Bourbon Classic Media tour, we were able to visit again despite a heavy snowfall the prior night.  In addition to a nice tour of the facilities, we were treated to a dinner and tasting with none other than Fred Noe himself in a board room at the distillery.  Fred spun tales of growing up in the Noe household, the origins behind some of Jim Beam’s iconic brands, and even spilled the beans on a potential limited release that may be in the works (see our Old Grand Dad 114 review for more info).

Here is a gallery of the Modern Thirst’s visit:


About Author

Bill is the Co-Founder and Editor of ModernThirst. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country, and attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in the Central Kentucky area, and consulted professionally for bar menus, bar concepts, whiskey label naming, new blend selection, and whiskey flight menus. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at

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