Jim Beam Reaches A Milestone

CLERMONT, Ky. (AP) -- Jim Beam has reached another milestone by filling its 13th million barrel of bourbon since the repeal of Prohibition.

The barrel was filled and sealed on Wednesday by Fred Noe at the company's flagship distillery in Clermont.

Noe is Jim Beam's great-grandson and the seventh generation master distiller.

Beam is the first in the bourbon industry to reach the 13-million-barrel milestone. It comes less than three years after Beam filled its 12 millionth barrel.

Noe says 13 million barrels would yield more than 285 million cases of Jim Beam Bourbon.

The milestone reflects the continued surge in bourbon's popularity.

Domestic bourbon sales have risen by 40 percent in the past five years and exports have topped the $1 billion mark.

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