KDA Statement regarding the passing of Parker Beam
January 9, 2017
“The Kentucky Distillers’ Association and its members are deeply saddened by the passing of Bourbon legend and longtime friend Parker Beam, and offers its heartfelt condolences to his family and Heaven Hill Distillery.
“Parker Beam wasn’t just a name on a bottle – he was the living embodiment of the whiskey inside: authentic, classic, well-seasoned and distilled from old-fashioned hard work and gentleman integrity.
“His place in our industry’s rich distilling history is beyond reproach, as few can match his 56 years of passionate service and leadership, charter selection to the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame and award-winning Bourbon portfolio crafted under his watch as Master Distiller.
“It was that esteemed legacy, combined with his tireless spirit and outstanding devotion, that led the KDA Board of Directors to name the industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award after Parker Beam in 2015.
“Like his friends and fellow legends before him, Parker Beam will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. We have all been blessed by his craftsmanship and unwavering friendship, and ask Bourbon lovers everywhere to raise a glass in his honor.”
- Eric Gregory, President, Kentucky Distillers’ Association