The company's foundation was lead in 1795 when James Beam began selling barrels of whiskey. By 1935, it was formally the James B. Beam Distilling Company. Ten years later, the Chicago spirits merchant Harry Blum bought the company, and in 1968 sold it to American Brands, Inc. In 1987, the James B. Beam Distilling Company purchased National Distillers and renamed itself the Jim Beam Brands Company, On January 13, 2014, Suntory announced a deal to buy Beam Inc. The acquisition was completed on April 30, 2014, when it was also announced that Beam would become a subsidiary named "Beam Suntory"
Jim Beam is a brand of bourbon whiskey produced in Clermont, Kentucky, by Beam Suntory, a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan. It is one of the best-selling brands of bourbon in the world. Since 1795 (interrupted by Prohibition), seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the company that produces the brand, which was given the name "Jim Beam" in 1933 in honor of James B. Beam, who rebuilt the business after Prohibition ended. Previously produced by the Beam family and later owned by the Fortune Brands holding company, the brand was purchased by Suntory Holdings in 2014.
Jim Beam Original (white label) – aged 4 years in new charred oak barrels, the flagship whiskey
Jim Beam Black (black label) – "extra aged"; was age stated at 8 years (6 years in export markets).
Jim Beam Honey – with honey liqueur