What Does the Warehouse Fire at Jim Beam Mean for the Whiskey?

News broke overnight that one of the massive warehouses where Jim Beam stores its whiskey during the aging process caught fire and continues to burn. The warehouse, containing roughly 40,000 barrels of whiskey, was said to be about the size of a football field and six or seven stories high.


Jim Beam, whose parent company Beam Suntory is based in Japan, is one of the largest manufacturers of whiskey in the United States. You can read our reviews of their products here.

This is not the first time a storehouse for a whiskey distillery has burned down. In 1996 the Heaven Hill distillery went up in smoke, fueled by the flammable alcohol aging in their storehouses and shooting fire up to 250 feet in the air.

This doesn’t always have to be a recipe for disaster either. While most of the whiskey is no doubt gone and never to be seen again, Tuthilltown Spirits in New York turned their similar fire related tragedy into a success by bottling the whiskey that survived the fire as their Double Charred offering that was extremely popular among collectors.


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