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Though our bourbon is enjoyed all over the world, we certainly love it when you enjoy it with us in Kentucky at our American Stillhouse and Urban Stillhouse. Here’s what’s happening at the home of the world’s #1-selling bourbon, where you’re always more than welcome.


Choose from one of the exciting distillery experiences, concerts or other events at our Kentucky home. Whether you know a lot about bourbon or nothing at all, we truly have something for everyone and would be honored for you to join us as we carry on the family legacy.

BBQ Cookoff


In Kentucky, we take our bourbon and barbecue seriously. And while barbecue competitions are aplenty, this is the ONLY event that pits Kentucky’s finest distilleries and cooperages together to prove that the world’s best barbecue comes from the world’s best bourbon distilleries. 

Join Seventh Generation Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe and Beam Distiller Freddie Booker Noe IV for the second annual “Great Distillery BBQ Cook-off” at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse on Saturday, September 8. 

Teams of amateur cooks from eight area distilleries and cooperages will compete in the categories of ribeye steaks, St. Louis-style ribs and chicken legs. Industry friendships aside, the teams are prepared to earn braggin’ rights and the chance to defend 2017 titles. In other words, they’re puttin’ their meat where their mash is to determine once and for all which crew deserves the top pit master title!

Locally renowned Chef John Varanese, owner of Varanese and River House restaurants, will get in on the action as the event barbecue pit host, as live music fills the air and cocktails flow for guests of legal purchase age in the Jim Beam® Bourbon Bar.

Proceeds from select activities will benefit Operation BBQ Relief, a nonprofit consisting of volunteers from competition barbecue teams who provide hot meals to displaced families and emergency personnel in areas impacted by natural disasters.

The event is family-friendly and open to the public. Tickets for regularly scheduled distillery tours will be available throughout the day. Other activities include lawn games, barbecue sampling, hands-on cocktail demonstrations, retail discounts, meet-and-greets with Fred Noe and other master distillers and much more!

9:00 a.m.
Jim Beam American Stillhouse opens to the public

9:15 a.m.
Official Cook-off start; activities open to the public; music from The Strumbeat Band

12:30 p.m.
Caribou Band performs

1:00 p.m. 
Cocktail demonstration with KY Bourbon Ambassador Beth Burrows

3:00 p.m.
Cocktail demonstration with KY Bourbon Ambassador Beth Burrows

4:30 p.m.
Awards ceremony

Behind the Beam

Behind the Beam - Clermont, KY

Limited Dates!

Dive in to this insider's experience with Fred Noe, Great-Grandson of Jim Beam and 7th generation Master Distiller at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, KY.

You'll enjoy a bourbon inspired lunch, private distillery tour, barrel thieving in a bourbon rackhouse and top it all off with a guided tasting and story time with the man himself, Fred Noe.

Plus you'll receive a commemorative bottle to remember the experience.

You love the bourbon.  You'll love the stories behind it!

$199 | Must be 21+ years of age to participate | Duration: 10:00am-2:00pm EST

Fred's Smokehouse

Fred's Smokehouse- Clermont, KY

Right next to the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, the Smokehouse is a counter-service café overlooking the rolling foothills of Kentucky and our historic Jim Beam Distillery. 

Inspired by our own bold Bourbon flavors, the Smokehouse menu includes a good mix of Kentucky favorites with a modern take on things, including Devil’s Cut™ Pulled Pork BBQ, Aunt Mimi’s mouthwatering bourbon baked beans, a signature homemade Jim Beam® burgoo and delectable desserts.  

It’s just one more reason to come visit. 

Please click to view Fred's Menu.

Reservations and advanced payment are not accepted for Fred's Smokehouse.  Fred's Smokehouse is a counter-service café with available outdoor seating. 

Closed December 1 - March 1

James B. Beam in front of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse.

Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son unveiling a statue of Kentucky and distilling legend James B. Beam.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014.

Jim Beam® Bourbon unveiled a statue of Kentucky and distilling legend James B. Beam (1864–1947) in a ceremony commemorating the 150th birthday of the iconic bourbon’s namesake, Colonel James Beauregard Beam. Beam, the fourth-generation family distiller, is credited with establishing Jim Beam® as a national brand after Prohibition, renovating and rebuilding his distillery in a mere 120 days after Prohibition was repealed in 1933, razing most of the old buildings and constructing new ones by hand. To this day, Jim Beam’s namesake bourbon is still produced on the same site, which is now called the Jim Beam American Stillhouse.

Master Distiller Fred Noe dressing the crowd.

“This statue would make my great-granddad proud,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s great-grandson and 7th-generation master distiller.“ Using the Beam family ‘mash bill’ and centuries of family knowledge passed on to him from his father, David M., he built the family business into the leading bourbon producer in the world. Today, we celebrated his birthday, the legacy he left and toast that which is yet to come.” Community leaders joined in the milestone celebration and helped Jim Beam Make History® by declaring September 18, 2014 “Jim Beam Day.” The proclamation recognizes Jim Beam’s contributions to the commonwealth through his perseverance, ingenuity and dedication to his family and friends. Bourbon enthusiasts named “Jim Beam” from across the country joined the celebration as special guests.

Beam’s statue was created by Benjamin Bartlett of Lexington. His bronze work features Beam wearing his signature 1920s suit coat, necktie and suspenders. Beam has a joyous look on his face as he beckons with pride toward the Jim Beam American Stillhouse all while raising a glass of bourbon. Bartlett was previously commissioned to create the now-famous bronze statue of Beam’s grandson and 6th-generation Beam family distiller Booker Noe which sits atop Beam Hill in Clermont, Kentucky.

Jim Beam Bourbon’s seventh generation Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son, Freddie Noe, unveil a life-size bronze statue of legendary bourbon distiller James B. Beam at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, Ky.

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