Humble beginningswith no end in sight.
Known as a man of sterling worth and integrity, Jacob Beam was a farmer, miller and pioneer. In the 1780s, he strapped his wooden whiskey still to his back and moved his family west to the foothills of Kentucky before it was yet a state. The journey took more than three years, but it would be well worth it. Turns out rich Kentucky soil is perfect for growing corn, so his farm had more than enough of it. He used the excess corn to make whiskey, which would be the start of a bourbon dynasty. He sold his first batch straight from the barrel in 1795 and the rest is history.