Steve, Jimmy & Paul
Brothers Steve (at left) and Paul (at right) with their father Jimmy Beam.
Steve Beam, distiller and president at Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon, KY.
Paul Beam, who along with his brother Steve is co-founder of Limestone Branch Distillery, Lebanon, KY.
Guy S. Beam. The “S.” was for Smallwood, but he always wrote his name as Guy S. Beam. He was the son of Joe Beam; he had seven sons who worked in the distillery business post-Prohibition, including Jimmy, the father of Paul and Steve Beam. In the 1934 photo Guy is shown (in white jacket) with the first barrel rolled out of the Fairfield Distillery, in Bardstown, KY.
Paul and Steve Beam’s father, Jimmy.
Jimmy Beam’s Baseball Career
Jimmy Beam is Steve and Paul’s Daddy. Jimmy worked in the distillery business—including as a baseball player. In the 1940s distilleries had their own teams that played in the Bourbon League. In the old photo, Jimmy, at left, is shown with his brother Toddy when they were playing for New Haven.
Minor Case Beam
Minor Case Beam (1857-1934). He was a master distiller who began his career working for his uncle, Jack Beam, at the Early Times Distillery near Bardstown. He also taught his son, Guy S. Beam, the distilling business. Guy S. Beam worked at Old Trump, Yellowstone, Frankfort Distillery, Fairfield Distillery, and Schenely both during and after Prohibition. During prohibition Guy went to Canada, where he worked for the Wathen family. Minor Case is Steve and Paul’s great-granddaddy; Guy S. Beam is their granddaddy. On their mother’s side, the Beam brothers are descendants of John Baptiste Dant and his son, J. W. (Joseph Washington) Dant, who established a distillery in Marion County, KY, in 1836. Thus, with the establishment of Limestone Branch Distillery in Marion County, near Lebanon, KY, they continue a long, colorful and storied distilling family heritage. Limestone Branch Distillery’s product, “Revenge,” is dedicated to the memory of M. C. Beam, and is a reference to the whiskey the family tree members might have been making, had it not been for Prohibition.
M.C. Beam’s Distillery
By 1910, the distillery founded by Jeff Pottinger was entirely owned by M. C. (Minor Case) Beam. In this old photo, which is in the photo archives at Limestone Branch Distillery, you can see the name “M. C. Beam & Co” on the building. The distillery was at Gethsemane Station, near the Abbey of Gethsemani. Although the station was named for the abbey, it was always spelled differently.
Workers at M. C. Beam & Co Distillery
From the old photo archives at Limestone Branch Distillery, here’s a photo of the workers and their families at the M.C. Beam & Co Distillery, which was near Gethsemane Station. M. C. (Minor Case) Beam was, of course,
Steve and Paul Beam’s great-grandaddy.
Guy Beam and Workers
From the old photo archives at Limestone Branch Distillery, here’s a view of the inside of the M. C. Beam & Co production area. And that’s Guy S. Beam, Steve and Paul Beam’s granddaddy in the back row with the straw hat. The workers are surrounded by bottles and boxes of Old Trump, which is why the distillery was often referred to as “the Old Trump Distillery.”
M.C. Beam & Guy Beam with others
From the old photo archives at Limestone Branch Distillery is this old family photo. In center back, with suit and watch, is M. C. (Minor Case) Beam, and to his right is Guy S. Beam, M. C.’s son. To Guy’s right is Guy’s son, Burch. And here’s an interesting note: the elderly lady seated at the center of the photo is Mary Alice Boone. She was fond of saying her grandfather and Abraham Lincoln’s father worked at the same frontier Kentucky distillery, and were close friends. Mary Alice is Steve and Paul Beam’s grandmother’s mother. M. C. Beam is Steve and Paul’s great-granddaddy, and Guy is their granddaddy. Whew…that’s a lot of distilling family heritage.
Limestone Branch Distillery Building
The Limestone Branch Distillery building, in a photo portrait entitled “Moonshine.”
Perhaps the heart and soul of Limestone Branch Distillery, in Lebanon, KY, is the hand-hammered copper still made in Spain. Many of Limestone Branch Distillery’s wonderful products are crafted within its 150-gallon capacity.
Fine Details of the Still
Bluegrass Model A Visits Limestone
All MoonPie Moonshine production takes place at Limestone Branch Distillery, including bottling and packaging. It’s then shipped worldwide.
He’ll greet you when you arrive for a tour at Limestone Branch Distillery…but word of warning: He’s so camera shy we think he’s in a witness protection program.
At Limestone Branch Distillery Stephen Fante is the brand representative and envoy. He develops partnerships with distributors; trains distribution staffs and retail outlets regarding how to best present the brand; creates and implements promotions; and manages Limestone events and trade show activities. Whew…and that keeps him on the road for much of his time. However, you might see him at the distillery in Lebanon, KY as envoy to VIP clients, and even conducting distillery tours and tastings. If you’d like to learn more about Limestone Branch Distillery sales and services, give Stephen a call at 502.494.5636.
Jimmy and Jack
Jimmy Beam (at left, and the father of Steve and Paul Beam) with his brother Jack Beam. Jack retired from Barton after 30 years. Jack and Jimmy were the youngest of Guy S. Beam’s large family, and they’re the only two surviving members of that family.
Taste Testing at Limestone
At the ribbon cutting for Limestone Branch Distillery from left to right: Kelly Beam, Jay Beam, Paul Beam, Dottie Ann Beam, Steve Beam, James P. Beam (Jimmy), Krista Nunn, Kenny Nunn, Jeff Lamaster, Kelli Lemaster.
Steve, Paul, Jay and Jimmy Beam
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