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Kim Bennett Named Whiskey Visitor Centre Manager of the Year
You read earlier this week about Fred Noe’s recent induction into the Bourbon Hall of Fame. And the good news just keeps on coming. Hot off the press, we have also learned that another member of our Jim Beam American Stillhouse family has earned some well-deserved recognition of her own.
Our very own Kim Bennett has been named Whiskey Visitor Centre Manager of the Year by Whisky Magazine as part of their annual Icons of Whisky America awards.
The Icons of Whisky award series is designed to celebrate the people and places behind the great whiskies of the world. The publication’s editorial panel holds voting rounds for companies based in the USA, Scotland and the rest of the world, before taking this shortlist to a final judging for the coveted Global Icon status.
As the Heritage Center Director for the Jim Beam Distillery and American Stillhouse right here in Clermont, Ky., Kim has played a lead role in creating a visitors’ experience that’s just as good as the Bourbon itself – the world’s No. 1 Bourbon to be exact. Our visitors’ experience includes a full guided tour of the Bourbon-making process, starting at the American Stillhouse; a Bourbon tasting room; a retail store stock full of branded merchandise; and the recent addition of Fred’s Smokehouse, an onsite counter-service café. And most importantly, it’s just a plain good time! Since the grand opening of our American Stillhouse back October 2012, we’ve had more than 100,000 people stop by … visitors who come as a friend … and leave as family.
Whisky Magazine applauded Kim’s efforts, saying in its latest issue: “She runs the show with her friendly, knowledgeable and efficient staff and creates an atmosphere where visitors could pull up a chair, be part of the family and enjoy the world’s No. 1 Bourbon in a whole new way.”
And we couldn’t agree more. To our fearless leader, Kim … congratulations! And to all of you out there … come on by the American Stillhouse to say hello and see what award-winning Jim Beam hospitality is all about. We can’t wait to see you!
The Jim Beam American Stillhouse Team