Parker Beam, Heaven Hill Master Distiller and the winner of Whisky Magazine's U.S. Distillery Manager of the Year Icons of Whisky Award for 2014, signs autographs during the Kentucky Distillers Association All-Star Sampler event at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, September 18, 2013. Photo ©2013 by Mark Gillespie.Parker Beam surprised everyone the other night at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. He wasn’t expected to attend the Kentucky Distillers Association’s All-Star Sampler event with master distillers from all of the KDA member distilleries, but he came and spent the entire evening signing bottles and meeting Bourbon lovers. We’ll hear from Parker about his battle with ALS on the first of this weekend’s two episodes from the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

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