JBBI Conference

UK James B. Beam Institute opens registration for highly anticipated 2024 Bourbon Industry Conference

December 7, 2023

Join 800 distillers, researchers, distillery and supporting industry employees for three days of learning and information exchange in Kentucky’s dynamic signature industry.


Kentucky’s $9 billion bourbon industry continues to boost the state’s economy. In addition to generating more than 22,500 jobs, Kentucky produces more than a third of all distilling jobs nationwide with an annual payroll exceeding $1.23 billion — 95% of the global bourbon supply. 

The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), this year’s conference sponsor, offers the fifth annual Bourbon Industry Conference March 11-13, 2024, at the University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center. Registration is now open

The Beam Institute, in partnership with Beam Suntory, is advancing the next generation of distillers.  

Following the Beam Institute’s opening of a new distillery and maturation facility on UK’s campus in Aug. 2023, the institute is reinforcing its commitment as the industry’s research and development vehicle. 

“Building on previous conferences, this event showcases a suite of current and emerging topics in business, technology and sustainability across Kentucky and beyond,” said Seth DeBolt, director of the Beam Institute and distillation, wine and brewing undergraduate certificate program. “Kentucky distilling is the epicenter of the largest American whiskey brands and emerging craft brands. Advancing Kentucky’s spirits is what we do every day at the Beam Institute. We are excited to welcome the industry and all our stakeholders to attend.” 

Conference sessions will address key industry topics. Attendees will earn a certificate of continuing education for participation.   

KDA President Eric Gregory said the conference brings together the best leaders, visionaries, researchers and pioneers that the signature industry has to offer. 

“Since Kentucky is the gold standard for bourbon, this conference has become a ‘can’t miss’ event for anyone involved or interested in the distilling industry,” Gregory said. “It’s a who’s who of the best in cutting-edge research, innovative technologies and forward-thinking best practices. If you want the latest views and news, get your tickets before it sells out.”

Early bird registration for the full conference is $350 and $175 for one-day passes through Jan. 21. Beginning Jan. 22, full-conference registration will increase to $450 and day passes to $225. Discounted tickets will be available for students, faculty and staff. Registration includes educational sessions, exhibits, lunch and networking engagements.  

To register as a participant or vendor, visit the conference page at https://beaminstitute.ca.uky.edu/conference. For more information about being a vendor or partner, click here

The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits ensures the welfare and prosperity of Kentucky’s spirits industry. Through teaching, research and outreach, the institute promotes economic sustainability, environmental stewardship and responsible consumption.  

The Beam Institute is a multidisciplinary effort of experts from the UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, UK Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering, UK College of Arts and Sciences and UK Gatton College of Business and Economics.  

For more information, visit the Beam Institute website at http://beaminstitute.ca.uky.edu.  

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