Bourbon in America has deep roots. The deepest of these roots begins with early
bourbon makers like the Jacob Beam Family, whose craft and craftsmanship helped
define the category.
Bourbon tells the story of how the early settlers of this great
nation created a unique whiskey with a recipe unlike any other. Born in
Kentucky in 1774, the first bourbon makers transported the liquid in used
barrels and began to char the insides which produced sugars that added a gold
color as well as a caramel taste. From there the rest is history…until 1918
when the Abstinence campaign, Prohibition came to life.
During this time, all spirit creation and selling was prohibited, it was not until December 5, 1933 when Prohibition was repealed that the production of spirits sprang back into America's culture. The day Prohibition ended is still celebrated today as Repeal Day.
In 1964, President, Lyndon B. Johnson, who was known to be fond of bourbon, declared America's native spirit by an act of Congress. This act is a living symbol of the fact that bourbon is really the only major distilled spirit that can trace its roots back to American soil.
Like spirit categories, Bourbon producers today follow internationally recognized legal standards, their own industry standards, as well unique time-honored practices in areas such as recipes, yeast, barrel selection, aging and blending.