Kentucky staple…

In the Foothills of the Smokey Mountains lies the main distillery for Jim Beam bourbon. Couldn’t resist a tour and tasting this time as we traveled through Kentucky. The Corvette Museum (see previous post) was on our “to do” list; but the distillery tour was a spontaneous decision. I prefer bourbon over other whiskey types; apology to my Tennessee family who LOVE Jack Daniels. I can’t drink wine because of sulfite allergy and don’t care for beer; so bourbon is a great alternative. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Now in the 7th generation, Jim Beam remains a family owned venture. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Our tour was of the “small” craft bourbon area of their Knob Creek Bourbons; an easier to walk-through section of the distillery. Didn’t look “small” to me, but smelled wonderful. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
A perk if you work here is you get to take some of these bottles in storage home periodically. They keep some bottles from each batch in storage for a number of years in the case that someone notices something wrong with it while drinking. This way they have bottles to run analysis and taste tests and see what is wrong with the batch. Any that aren’t used after about 5-7 years get distributed to employees! Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg
Touring Jim Beam’s Knob Creek craft “small” distillery allows visitors to bottle their own bottle of single barrel Knob Creek burbon. The first step I did was sterilize the bottle using, of course, bourbon, because legally the only thing that be inside a bottle of bourbon is bourbon. Copyright 2019 Pamela Breitberg.

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