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National Distillers / Beam time line

Unread postby bourbonv » Mon Aug 01, 2005 6:09 pm

This is the time line I did at United Distillers for the National Distillers and Beam products.

Beam Brands History

1785 - Jacob Beam comes to Kentucky (Nelson County Record,
Illustrated Historical and Industrial Suppliment,
1896).

o - Basil Hayden comes to Marion County, Kentucky and starts to make whiskey soon afterwards (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p.174).

1788 - Jacob Beam builds his first distillery at Early Times
(Nelson County Record, 1896).

1795 - According to Booker Noe, Jacob Beam first starts
distilling near Bardstown (Bottled in Bond in the
Bluegrass, Booker Noe Interveiw).

o - Kovel's bottles states that Jacob Beam was bottling? a
whiskey under the label "Beam" at this date. Highly
unlikely. (Kovel Bottles, Beam).

1812 - The Old Overholt distillery is founded (Fortune, Nov., 33).

1820 - Old Tub (Beam and Hart) distillery established in
Nelson County with a capacity of 250 bushels per day
(Kentucky's Bourbon Industry, J Atherton, Filson Club).

o - John Bond starts distilling in Anderson Co. Ky. (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - Lewis Hayden takes over his father Basil's distillery (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p.174).

1830 - Bellows and Company is founded as an importer of fine wines, tobacco and whisky. Bellows Club and Partner's Choice two of their leading labels (National Dispatch, NDPC magazine, 1964, Page 27).

1833 - David M Beam is Born (Nelson County Record, 1896).

1836 - John Bond builds a new distillery (Anderson County News, June 1906).

1840 - Raymond B. Hayden takes over his father's distillery (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p.174).

1842 - John Bond dies and his son David takes over the distillery (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

1844 - Cedar Brook distillery is established by Judge McBrayer (Anderson Co News, June 1906).

1849 - William F Bond takes over the family distillery (Anderson Co News, June 1906).

1853 - David M Beam takes over his father's distillery
(Belles, Bluegrass and Bourbon, Harry Harrison Kroll).

1862 - Albert J Hart is Born (Nelson County Record, 1896).

1864 - James B Beam is born (Nelson County Record, 1896).

1868 - Distillery No. 12 of Walker, Martin and Co. is founded at Tyrone, Ky. (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - Gaines, Berry & Co. build a distillery (National Dispatch, NDPC magazine, 1964, Page 27).

1869 - C.C. Lillard joins in partnership with Bond to form Bond and Lillard (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - Distillery No. 12 is sold to W H McBrayer and T B Ripy (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

1870 - T B Ripy becomes the sole proprietor of Distillery No. 12. (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - Old Hermitage is first marketed by Gaines, Berry & Co. (National Dispatch, NDPC magazine, 1964, Page 27).

1873 - T B Ripy improves distillery No 12 to a capacity of 600 bushels (Anderson Co. News, June, 1906).

1876 - Cedarbrook bourbon wins a medal at the Philadelphia Centennial (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

1880 - James Beam start working in his father's distillery (Kovel's Bottles 9th Ed., Beam).

1881 - Anderson Co. Distillery is built by Waterfill, Dowling and Co. (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - Alex D. Shaw & Co. Inc., Wine and Liquor importers is formed (American Wine and Liquor Journal, July 1934, p.64).

1882 - Old Grand-Dad is first sold on the market (Bev Med Blue
Book, History).

o - Old Tub is first marketed (Kovel's Bottles 9th Edition, Beam).

o - Anderson Co. Distillery starts production with a capacity of 300 bushels (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - Raymond B. Hayden builds the R.B. Hayden distillery at Hobb's Station in Nelson County (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, pp.174-175).

1885 - T B Ripy acquires the Anderson Co. Distillery (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - Raymond B. Hayden dies without an heir and his distillery and the Old Grand-Dad brand are sold to P.S. Barber (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p.175).

1887 - Old Taylor is first sold on the market (Bev Med Blue
Book, History).

o - E.H. Taylor builds the Castle distillery in woodford County Kentucky (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p. 178).

1888 - Hill and Hill is first sold on the market (Bev Med Blue
Book, History).

o - Albert Hart marries Nannie Beam (Nelson County Record,
1896).

o - D L Moore takes over the Cedarbrook Distillery (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

1891 - T B Ripy owns a distillery in Tyrone, Kentucky (Wine and Spirits Bulletin, Jan. 1891).

o - Sunny Brook is introduced by Rosenfield Bros. & Co. of Minneapolis, Minn. (National Dispatch, NDPC magazine, 1964, Page 27).

1892 - Old Sunny Brook is first sold on the market (Bev Med
Blue Book, History).

o - David Beam retires and his son James Beam and son-in
-law Albert Hart take over the distillery (Nelson
County Record, 1896).

o - J P Ripy owns the Old Hickory Spring Disitillery in Anderson Co., Kentucky (Wine and Spirits Bulletin, Jan. 1892). (His photgraph is on page 51 of the July 18, 1892 issue of Wine and Spirits Bulletin).

1896 - C.C. Lillard dies (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

1899 - Kentucky Distillers & Warehouse Co. (KDWC) is formed
(Beverage Media Blue Book, History of National
Distillers).

o - Thomas Jeremiah Beam is born (Belles, Bluegrass and
Bourbon, Kroll).

o - KDWC acquires Bond and Lillard (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - KDWC acquires Anderson Co. Distillery and enlarge it to a capacity of 4,000 bushels (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - KDWC acquires T B Ripy Distillery (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - KDWC acquires Cedarbrook Distillery (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

o - T B Ripy ships whiskey to Bremen, Germany to avoid the 8 year bond period, allowing older whiskies to be in bond longer. The idea originated with W G Coldeway who sold a 16 year old Mammoth Cave Bourbon (Wine and Spirit Bulletin, Jan.1, 1900, page 10).

o - The Barber, Ferriell & Co. Distillery (Old Grand-Dad) is sold to the Wathen Family (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p.175).

1902 - Distillers Security Corperation is formed (Bev Med Blue
Book, History).

1904 - Bond and Lillard wins the Grand Prize at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis Mo. (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

1905 - Ripy Bros. Distillery is founded by T B Ripy's sons J.C., E.F., and Forest Ripy. (Anderson Co. News, June 1906).

1911 - Boubon deLuxe is first sold by L Eppstein and Sons of Fort Worth (National Dispatch, page 27).

o - The Old Joe Distillery is purchased by the Ripy Brothers Company (Wine and Spirits Bulletin, June 1, 1911, pages 67-68).

o - The Mida's Financial Index, 1911, list the following values for these later Beam Companies:
Clermont - Murphy, Barber & Co. Dy. No. 401, 5th Dist.
Part of Grabfelder and Co, Louisville
Hobbs Station - Old Grand Dad Distillery Co. Dy. No.
420 5th Dist. , Office in Louisville,
110 Main St. Capital Value of $300,000 to
$400,000.
Frankfort - W A Gaines & Co. Dy. No. 4 and Dy. No. 106
both in the 7th Dist. $1,000,000 or more
capital value.
Frankfort - E H Taylor Jr. and Sons, Dy. No. 53, 7th
Dist. Woodford Co. Ky. $1,000,000 or more
capital value.

1915 - James Beam dies (Kovel's Bottles 9th Ed., Beam).

1920 - Prohibition forces the Distillers Security Corporation
to change its name to U.S. Food Products Corp. (Bev Med
Blue Book, History).

1922 - T Jeremiah Beam marries Lucy Kavanaugh (Who's Who in
the Liquor Industry, 1966).

o - U S Food Products Corporation is forced into bankruptcy (National Dispatch, National Distillers Magazine, 1964, Page 6).

0 - E.H. Taylor dies (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, P. 179).

1924 - National Distillers Products Corp. is formed with Seton
Porter as President. This merges Kentucky Distillers
and Warehouse Co. with U.S. Food Products Corp. (Bev
Med Blue Book, History).

1925 - National acquires 50% of Petroleum Chemical Corp., its
first venture into oil and gas (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

o - National sells Liberty Teast Company for 4 million dollars and uses the money to acquire whiskey in their consolidation warehouses (National Dispatch, National Distillers Magazine, 1964, page 6&7).

o - David Schulte of Park and Tilford acquires Old Overholt and Large Distilleries in Pennsylvania (Fortune, Nov., 33).

1927 - K.D.& W. Co. is sold to American Medicinal Spirits
Company. National owns 38% of American Medicinal
Spirits Co. (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - National Distilleries acquires the Old Overholt and Large distilleries from David Schulte (Fortune, Nov., 33).

1928 - Hannis Distillery Co. merges with American Medicinal
Spirits Company (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

1929 - National buys the remaining outstanding shares of
American Medicinal Spirits Co. and starts to build its
inventories of aged liquor (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

o - NDPC sells Kentucky Alcohol Company to US Industrial Alcohol for 10 million and its interest in Eastern Alcohol Company for 6.5 million dollars and uses the money to purchase aged whiskey (National Dispatch, National Distillers Magazine, 1964, page 7).

o - NDPC acquires the Bond and Lillard label (National Dispatch, NDPC magazine, 1964, Page 27).

o - NDPC acquires the Sunny Brook label (National Dispatch, NDPC magazine, 1964, page 27).

o - NDPC acquires the Old Hermitage Label (National Dispatch, NDPC magazine, 1964, page 27).

1933 - National acquires Sunny Brook Distilling Co. (Bev Med
Blue Book, History).

o - NDPC acquires the Old Overholt Distillery at Broad Ford Pa. and the Large Distillery at Large Pa. (National Dispatch, Page 7).

o - Penn-Maryland is aquired by NDPC and in turn acquires the Carthage Distilling Company of Cincinnati, Ohio and the U S Industrial Alcohol plant at Peoria Ill. (National Dispatch, Page 7).

o - National acquires 60% interest in Alex D Shaw, Importer
(Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - National forms a short lived agreement to distribute Flieschmann's Gin. It is dissolved in 1934 (American Wine and Liquor Journal, July 1934, p.64).

1934 - National signs a contract with John de Kuyper & Zoon of
Holland to make cordials (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - National acquires Chickaswa Wood Products Co., a
cooperage (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - National becomes the sole importer of Black and White
Scotch in the U.S. (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - T Jeremiah Beam becomes Treasurer of James Beam
Distilling Company (Who' Who..., 1966).

o - Churchill Distilling Company builds a distillery in
Boston, Kentucky (History of Nelson County,
Distilleries).

o - NDPC acquires the Bourbon deLuxe label (National Dispatch, NDPC magazine, 1964, page 27).

o - National buys 40% of DCL of Deleware with DCL of England owning the other 60%. This gives National distribution rights to Gordon's, Burnett's, and Vicker's Gins the United States (American Wine and Liquor Journal, July 1934, p.65).

1935 - National is commissioned to produce Gilbey's Gin in the United States; They build a new distillery at Cincinnati, Ohio to handle the new brand (Liquor Store Magazine, 2/70).

o - W A Gaines & Company is purchased by NDPC (Old Crow) (National Dispatch, page 7).

o - National Distillers acquires 60% capital stock of W & A Gilbey, Limited (1966 Red Book, p.239).

o - National Distillers acquires the capital stock of the W.A. Gaines and Company and the Old Crow Distillery in Frankfort, Ky. (1966 Red Book, p.239).

o - Acquires the Old Taylor Distillery in Frankfort, Ky. (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1936 - American Medicinal Spirits Company is dissolved and
National takes over the operation (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

o - National increase its stock intrest in John deKuyper & Son, Inc. to 70% (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1937 - National acquires interest in Train and McIntyre, Ltd.
makers of Old Angus Scotch (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

1938 - National relenquishes the rights to Black and White to
Fleischmann's Distilleries (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

o - National Acquires Shewan-Jones, California wine
producers (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

1939 - Organizes Marques del Merito Inc. to import Spanish
Sherries and Port Wines (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

1940 - National acquires 2 Kentucky distilleries (?) (Bev Med
Blue Book, History). (One near Franfort and the other
near Bardstown (National Dispatch, page 8)).

o - National acquires the Gethsemane, Kentucky, Dant
distillery (History of Nelson Co., Distilleries).

1941 - National acquires four more Kentucky distillerie (?)
(Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - National acquires Bellows & Co. (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

o - National purchases all of the assets of the K. Taylor Distilling Company, Inc. of Franklin County, Ky. (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1942 - National Acquires Italian Swiss Colony and Gambarelli
& Davito, wine companies (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

1943 - National acquires Glencoe Distillery (Bev Med Blue
Book, History).

1944 - Sweet Valley Winery at Sandusky is purchased by
National (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - T Jeremiah Beam becomes President of James Beam
Distilling Company (Who's Who..., 1966).

o - National sells the Gethsemane distillery to Arm and
Hammer (History of Nelson County, Distilleries).

o - National acquires 50%of outstanding stock of J.R. Nieves & Company, Inc. (Peurto Rican company engaged in blending and bottling rum)(1966 Red Book, p.239).

1945 - Memphis Tennessee cooperage is purchased by National
(Bev Med Blue Book, History).

1946 - National purchases the capital stock of Distillie Montmorency Distillery, Inc in Beaupre, Quebec (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1947 - National consolidates its cooperage operations and
closes several cooperages (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - T Jeremiah Beam is named Senior Vice President of James
Beam Distilling Company (Who's Who..., 1966).

o - James B. Beam Distilling Company is Incorporated in Illinios on December 20 to acquire all of the physical assets of the Clear Spring Distilling Company and the James B. Beam Distilling Company (1966 Red Book, p. 219).

1948 - National acquires distilleries at Peoria, Illinois,
Loretto, Kentucky, and Vincennes, Indiana (Bev Med Blue
Book, History).

o - B.C. Ohlandt joins the firm (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

1949 - Porter is elected Chairman of the Board and Bierwirth
is elected President of the company (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

1952 - Bellows & Co. is merged into the company (Bev Med Blue
Book, History).

1953 - Hannes Distillery's Mount Vernon #1, Italian Swiss
Colony, and Train and McIntyre are sold by National
(Bev Med Blue Book, History).

o - Seton Porter dies (Bev Med Blue Book, History).

1954 - Beam acquires the Churchill Distillery in Boston,
Kentucky (History of Nelson County, Distilleries).

1955 - National takes on the distributorship of King George IV
and Highland Nectar Scotches (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

o - Jeam Beam produces its first ceramic decanter (World
Guide to Whiskey, Jackson).

o - James B. Beam Distilling Co. acquires the Nelson Reality Company (1966 Red Book, p.219).

o - National sells the Distillerie Montmorency Distillery, Inc. to Seagrams (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1956 - National becomes the sole distributor of Vat 69 Scotch
(Bev Med Blue Book, History).

1957 - National increases its holding of capital stock in W & A Gilbey to 100% (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1958 - National becomes the sole distributor of Cinzano
Italian and French Vermouths (Bev Med Blue Book,
History).

1959 - Bierwirth becomes the Chairman of the Board (Bev Med
Blue Book, History).

o - National sells the J R Nieves & Company, Inc. (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1962 - NDPC adds Windsor Supreme Canadian, Aalborg Akavit and Foster's Military Gin to its portfolio (National Dispatch, page 9).

1963 - Vat 69 Gold is introduced by NDPC (National Dispatch, page 9).

o - National Distillers acquires Munson G. Shaw Company, Inc. to handle its bottled imports (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1964 - NDPC acquires the Alberta Distillers Ltd. of Vancouver and Calgary (National Dispatch, Page 9).

1965 - Gilbey's Vodka is introduced (Liquor Store Magazine, 2/70).

o - National acquires Carrington and Company, Limited (1966 Red Book, p.239).

1967 - American Brands purchases Jim Beam (1988 Liquor
Industry Marketing Handbook, p.24).

1969 - Beam Imports becomes the sole importer of Bell's Scotch (Beverage Media, June 1969, p.146).

1987 - Beam acquires National Distilleries (Wine and Spirits
Industry Marketing, 1991).

1989 - Booker's Bourbon is introduced (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p. 115).

1992 - Baker's Bourbon is introduced (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p. 108).

o - Basil Hayden's Bourbon is introduced (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p. 141).

o - Knob Creek Bourbon is introduced (The Book of Bourbon..., Gary and Mardee Regan, p.151).

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Unread postby mleewright » Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:17 pm

My uncle in Forth Worth (now in his 70s) recently showed me a bottle of bourbon which had never been opened. The bottle label says: "Bourbon Deluxe" "L. Eppstein & Son, Fort Worth" Words to the effect: "This is likely the oldest whiskey in the world" "About 126 proof". It obviously is old, the glass has lots of air bubbles in it. Half of the spirits have apparently evaporated out of a probably long dried out cork, but the seal is still intact on the top of the bottle. (My uncle and aunt seldom if ever drink, in fact, I was surprised to see alcohol in their house). My uncle turned it upside down and some of the bourbon leaked out the top, it still smelled pretty good! He is retired from a Fort Worth bank. He said the bourbon was put in the safe for the bank's 100 year anniversary (like a time capsule). When new ownership of the bank took over (he thinks about 1976) he was instructed to "get the bourbon out of there". It has been under his kitchen sink for 30 years. I see a reference in your Beam time line to "L. Eppstein" "Bourbon Deluxe" in Fort Worth in 1911. What should be done with this old bottle of bourbon..?
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Unread postby Bourbon HQ » Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:43 pm

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Re: National Distillers / Beam time line

Unread postby bourbonv » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:45 pm

Moving this up for a friend.
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