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At Heaven Hill, Bourbon's Still in the Family
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At Heaven Hill, Bourbon's Still in the Family

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At Heaven Hill, Bourbon's Still in the Family

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Master distiller Parker Beam stands in the rickhouse.

The aging barrels of whiskey in the background underline Parker Beam's deep ties to the bourbon business. He's related to James Beauregard "Jim" Beam. Jack Speer, NPR hide caption

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Bourbon aficionados from all over the world are in Bardstown, Ky., this weekend. They've come for the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and a chance to sample their favorite spirits.

Lynn Grant stands in front of a wide variety of potent potables.

Lynn Grant stands in front of a wide variety of potent potables at the Heaven Hill gift shop. Jack Speer, NPR hide caption

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Bardstown is home to the Heaven Hill distillery and master distiller Parker Beam. A descendant of Col. James Beauregard Beam — yes, the Jim Beam — the 63-year-old Parker Beam has been making whiskey for decades, and can trace his family's whiskey-making roots for generations.

Heaven Hill is the only remaining family owned distillery in Kentucky, a state with more than 200 years of bourbon-making history.

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