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Issue 42 - Beams'dream

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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Beams'dream

Amonggreatbourbonfamiliesitdoesn'tgetmuchbiggerthanthenameBeam.AndasCharlesK.Cowderyreports,anothergenerationisconsideringitsoptions

Onedayyou'redrivingthroughOhio,ontheinterstatehighway,justmindingyourownbusiness.Youpassaflatbedtruck.Itishaulingsomethingstrange,unfamiliar.

Itlookslikeabigcopperpot,butitishuge,thebiggestcopperanythingyouhaveeverseen.

Anditisnotalone.Thereisasecondtruckandasecond,smallercopperpot,alsogleaminginthesun,andwhatlookliketwocopperchimneys,andanotherbigpotthatissomekindofgreysteel,andsomemassivewoodentubs.

One,two,threeofthem.

Andotherstufftoo;pipe,tanks,motors.Mostlypipe.Lotsandlotsofpipe.

Youtrytokeepyourmindandeyesontheroad,butglanceinsidethetruckcabsasyoupassandalsointothecarsthatfollowclosebehind.

Themeninsideseemalittlegiddy.

Thisscenewasrepeatedperhapshundredsoftimesthatdaybecausemotoristswhohappenedtopassthisstrangeprocessionwerewitnessingsomethingrare,perhapsunprecedentedinmodernAmericanhistory;acompletewhiskeydistilleryintransit.

Ifthemeninthevehiclesseemedgiddyitwasbecausetheywerehavinganimprobableadventureinvolvingsomethingthatcomesasnaturallytothemasbreathingairdoestotherestofus.

Thesewerenotordinarymen.ThesewereBeams,directdescendantsofpioneerJacobBeamandkintoJimBeam.Notallofthem,buttheotherswerefriends,industryveteranstoo,alsowithredwhiskeywheretheirbloodshouldbe.

Intheyearofthegrandprocession,1996,DavidBeamhadjustretiredafteralongcareerasdistillerattheJimBeamBrandsCompany,whichhisfamilyhadnotownedsinceProhibition,butwhereheandhisbrotherhadpractisedtheirpeculiarcraftandmadeaniceliving.

David'sbrotherisBakerBeam,whohasabourbonnamedafterhim.Baker,theolderbr...

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