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Second annual James B. Beam Institute Bourbon Industry Conference going virtual for 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky is committed to offering industry professionals and enthusiasts innovative research and educational opportunities. The institute will offer its second annual Bourbon Industry Conference virtually March 10-12.

The conference will once again address key topics those in the industry regularly encounter. UK and industry representatives will lead sessions focused on Beam Institute success stories, spent grain, tariffs, fermentation, threats to the industry boom, quality control and technical services management, bourbon and environmental law, financial benchmarking in distilleries, bourbon terroir, oak sustainability, flavor and chemistry, diversity, equity and inclusion in the bourbon industry, sensory evaluation and more. Partners and vendors will offer interactive displays and opportunities for networking. Attendees will also earn a certificate of continuing education for participation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Eric Gregory – Kentucky Distillers’ Association
  • Kevin Brent Smith – Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Brent Elliott – Four Roses Bourbon
  • Jane Bowie – Maker’s Mark
  • Rob Arnold – TX Whiskey
  • Chris Swonger – Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
  • Andrew Weihebrink – Independent Stave Company
  • Stephanie Lawrence – Beam Suntory
  • Tess Aldredge – Beam Suntory
  • Louis Mcintyre – CoBank
  • Kurt Rosentater – Iowa State University
  • Bill Gorton – Stites & Harbison PLLC
  • Pat Heist – Ferm Solutions
  • Billy Van Pelt – American Farmland Trust
  • UK and Beam Institute representatives
    • Seth DeBolt – director, James B. Beam Insitute for Kentucky Spirits
    • Brad Berron – Chemical Engineering
    • Steven Schafrik, Mining Engineering
    • Lindell Ormsbee – Kentucky Water Resources Institute
    • Steven Evans – Kentucky Water Resources Institute
    • Rachel Schendel – College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
    • Surendranath Suman – College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
    • Kathleen Trask Montgomery – Patterson School for Diplomacy and International Commerce
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel:
    • Gathan Borden – VisitLEX
    • Chelsea Nichols – Michter’s Distillery
    • Hanna Lowen – New Riff Distilling
    • Andrea Meriwether – BarFare Concepts

For more information, visit the Beam Institute website at http://beaminstitute.ca.uky.edu.