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This is a short book about the history of Bourbon in the United States and the history of the family of the Jim Beam Distillery. It is also the autobiography of Fred Noe. He starts with his early life with his famous father Booker Noe. The author goes into his life at college and then touring the country with a band. Then his return home to carrying on the family business.
Noe also goes into the business of distilling and how the family runs a famous business. Fred is the seventh generation Bean Master distiller, following in the footsteps of his legendary father Booker Noe. The author tells about the various brands at Beam and he also discusses other distillers which are his neighbors and friends.
Some of the stories in the book are humorous others provide enlightenment about the business and history of Bourbon. There is even a section of Fred’s favorite cooking recipes in the written and e-book format. I did not even know you could add bourbon when you were cooking, so I am not a cook.
Fred is an excellent story teller and the book makes for a delightful read.
Nick Sullivan narrated the book.
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To start off, I have always liked Jim Beam. Never been in a fraternity so I never took a liking to Jack Daniels. I favor Knob Creek and enjoy Bookers too so this read was destined to make it onto my shelf. It was short, sweet and straight to the point. Great bourbon made by genuine people.
I recommend this book for every Jim Beam enthusiast or really anyone looking for an easy read while sipping some Kentucky bourbon and learning about the history behind this historic brand. Good dialog, even better narration allows the reader/listener insight into what makes Jim Beam. This book is well worth your time if Beam is your drink of choice when you pony up to the bar.
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