Beam, of the iconic distilling family, died Monday. He was a whiskey maker for more than a half-century at the Bardstown, KY, company. He was responsible for the creation of Evan Williams, the world's No. 2-selling bourbon behind Jim Beam, and other Heaven Hill whiskeys.
"He was a true industry giant long before the current bourbon renaissance," said Max L. Shapira, president of Heaven Hill Brands. "Without question, he was committed to our industry and possessed a real passion for the craft of distilling."
Beam's was a grandnephew of Jim Beam, born into a family that traces its Kentucky whiskey-making roots to 1795 when Jacob Beam set up his first still. Park Beam, Parker's grandfather and namesake, was Jim Beam's brother.
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