March 26, 2013 - Heaven Hill Distilleries reached a milestone Tuesday at its production facility in Bardstown, Kentucky, with the filling of barrel number 6,500,000. Master Distillers Parker and Craig Beam joined members of the Shapira family and local leaders to hammer in the bung on the milestone barrel in a ceremony in the cistern room.

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Heaven Hill executives and local leaders celebrate the filling of Barrel #6,500,000 Tuesday in Bardstown, Kentucky. (L-R) Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles, Master Distiller Craig Beam, Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts, Master Distiller Parker Beam, Executive Vice President Harry J. Shapira, President Max L. Shapira, and Chief Operating Officer Allan Latts. Photo courtesy Heaven Hill.

In a news release, Heaven Hill President Max Shapira said:

It is indeed a proud day for our company and our extended Heaven Hill family. We have throughout our history recognized the filling of our milestone barrels with a ceremony such as this, but the fact that it is less and less time between these occasions is a testament to the remarkable growth and popularity of Bourbon.  And this has not only benefitted our company, but also Bardstown, Nelson County, and the Commonwealth in general.  This occasion is made all the more special in that it is personally overseen by two generations of my family and two generations of the family of our Master Distillers, Parker and Craig Beam.

The barrel has been placed in a special display area in Rickhouse “Y” at Heaven Hill’s Bardstown campus alongside the company’s other milestone barrels. The display is part of the tour for visitors to Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center.

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