Frederic “Booker” Noe II was a big man. Standing 6′ 4″ and the commanding frame to go with it. His legendary aura was larger than life. It’s only fitting that his namesake, the Booker Noe Distillery in Boston, KY (Nelson County), is set for a BIG expansion to the tune of $400,000,000 per Kentucky’s Cabinet of Economic Development.
It’s been a big year year for Beam as just a few months prior, they hosted the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the $45,000,000 renovation of the “James B Beam Distilling Co” (aka Jim Beam Distillery) in Clermont, KY.
The recent announcement didn’t include the particulars of the expansion as yet. But with that kind of investment, it’s safe to assume it will be substantial. 50 new full-time jobs are said to be created.
Per Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, “Jim Beam is a renowned name within Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry, and I am thrilled to see the company continue to grow in our state. This is a substantial investment in Nelson County that will ensure Jim Beam continues to grow in Central Kentucky for decades to come. Thank you to the leaders at the company for once again showing faith in our state and our incredible workforce.”
Beam whiskey is produced at both the flagship location (James B Beam Distilling Co) in Clermont, KY and the Booker facility, the two being about 20 minutes apart. The Booker facility is not open to the public.
The tiny town of Boston has a population of 138 people, that’s it. It’s great to see big things happen in a small country town.
Booker himself began working at then called “Churchill Distillery” in the early 50’s, becoming Master Distiller (back then, likely called Plant Manager) in the 60’s and would hold the title for the next 4 decades. The distillery name would be changed to “Booker Noe Distillery” in 2004.
We will keep you updated for more information on the colossal expansion project.