Frequently Asked Questions
It’s an interesting moniker, isn’t it? Well, Limestone Branch gets its name from the local grain and limestone waters that are readily available around Lebanon, Kentucky, where the distillery is located.
Our founders are brothers Stephen and Paul Beam, who can trace their lineage to Jacob Beam, a farmer who sold his first barrels of corn whiskey around 1795. Run by these seventh-generation distillers, the distillery is a special branch on their family tree.
Yes he was! The nephew of Jacob Beam, master distiller Minor Case (aka M.C. Beam) was Stephen and Paul’s great-grandfather. He’s also the inspiration behind our Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey , which uses the very same strain of yeast M.C. Beam used all those years ago.
Sure does! Named after our country’s first national park, our Yellowstone-branded Kentucky straight bourbons give back to Mother Nature with every pour. For every bottle of Yellowstone purchased, we donate a portion of the profits to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).
Glad you asked. “Small batch” is actually just what it sounds like. A descriptor for spirits that are crafted by mixing the contents of a lesser number of select barrels, “small batch” is another way of saying you’re drinking the good stuff.
In a really big barrel! Just kidding. We use way more than one barrel. Making bourbon requires fermenting, distilling, barreling, and bottling — all of which we do by hand. We’d love to show you the whiskey-making process. Just book a tour and come on in.
A good gin begins with a good mash and even better botanicals. To ensure the freshest picks, we grow almost half of the 19 botanicals present in our Bowling & Burch New World Gin right here in our garden. You can read more about our gin-making process, or see it for yourself when you stop by for a visit.
Excellent question! All of our craft spirits are available at the distillery. There, you can also snag exclusive 375mL bottlings of the Limestone Branch whiskies, special barrels of the Limited Editions, and more treasures you can’t purchase elsewhere.
Yes and no. All bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskies are bourbon. For a whiskey to be called bourbon, five things need to happen:
- It must be made in the good old United States,
- crafted from a fermented mash of at least 51% corn,
- stored in new charred-oak barrels,
- distilled to no more than 160 proof, and
- contain no additives.