Fun fact about Jim Beam bourbon: Though the distillery has been around in some form since the early 1800s, the words “Jim Beam" didn't appear on the bottle until 1938. There's a little bar trivia for your next happy hour. Even though the bourbon is rightfully considered an institution, it has moved homes more than a few times since its inception. Throughout it all, though, Jim Beam has had a family connection. The seventh-generation still has a hand in overseeing the variety of amber spirits loved by so many.