Jim Beam celebrates 15 million barrels since Prohibition

Master Distiller Freddie Noe (Right) and his father, Master Distiller Fred Noe (Left) personally filled and sealed Jim Beam's 15 millionth barrel of bourbon.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Jim Beam Bourbon says it has now officially filled 15 million barrels full of bourbon over the last eight decades.

In a news release on Monday, the company says the count officially started after Prohibition ended.

The Kentucky-based company says this barrel was personally filled and sealed by Seventh Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son Freddie, who is an Eighth Generation Beam Distiller.

"Fifteen million is a big number, but we're a big bourbon," said Fred Noe. "When Jim Beam, my great grandfather, filled his first barrel of whiskey at our Clermont distillery after Prohibition, I doubt he would have predicted that one day we would be a brand known and enjoyed the world over."

The barrel was signed by employees at the company's plants in Clermont, Boston, and Frankfort. It will be stored inside the company's rackhouse D, which is open to visitors as part of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse Tour.

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