History Of Whiskey in America – 1900 – 1924

Circa early 1900’s, John Dowling brings his wife, Mary Dowling, into the Waterfill & Frazier distillery to help run the operations.

Mary was one of the first women to run a major distillery.

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1900

Waterfill & Frazier bottle during Prohibition

O.F.C. Distillery (which stood for Old Fire and Copper) changed it’s name to George T. Stagg Distillery.

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1904

5th Generation – Beam Family

Earl Beam is born in April in Nelson County, KY to William Parker “Park” Beam and Susan Mary Beam, who was Jim Beam‘s brother.

Earl would eventually leave the James B. Beam Distillery Company and become the master distiller at Heaven Hill. It was a friendly split.

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1906

Earl Beam

The Earl of Bourbon

Carl "Shucks" Beam

Dean Of All Distillers

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1909

5th Generation – Beam Family

Carl Beam is born in Nelson County, KY to William Parker “Park” Beam and Susan Mary Beam, who was Jim Beam‘s brother.

5th Generation – Beam Family

Henry M. “Harry” Beam, born August 30th to Joseph L. Beam and Katherine Leone McGill in Nelson County, KY.

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1910

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1915

John H. “Jack” Beam passes away at the age of 75.

On January 17th, Prohibition starts in the US.

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1920

After 34 years of service, Albert Blanton is promoted to President of the George T. Stagg Distillery.
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1921

Under his supervision, Albert kept the company alive by securing one of only six special government licenses to produce “medicinal whiskey” making Heaven Hill the oldest continuously running distillery in the country.

6th Generation – Beam Family

Charles Lloyd Beam is born on October 7th in Louisville, KY.

Charles would become the fourth Master Distiller at Four Roses in 1968.

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1922

During his tenure at Four Roses, Charles would introduce “Benchmark Bourbon” in 1969 and “Eagle Rare” in 1975.

He would be posthumously inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2010.