Jan 15, 2014 — In a deal worth some $16 billion, Japanese beverage giant Suntory is buying Beam Inc., maker of Jim Beam bourbon and owner of well-known American brands such as Maker's Mark. Industry leaders say it's a reflection of bourbon's exploding popularity in Asian markets, but some wonder if the new owners will preserve bourbon's Kentucky heritage.
Sep 5, 2013 — Japanese whiskey-makers are protective of their product and want the prized spirit to be consumed a certain way. In Japan, that means serving it with particular foods and diluting it with pure water.
Feb 11, 2013 — The distillery says it must lower its bourbon's alcohol content to meet demand. The company says consumers won't notice the change, but in bourbon country, Maker's Mark fans aren't too happy about the plan.
Oct 22, 2011 — Preservationists at Mount Vernon, with the help of the Distilled Spirits Council, have restored George Washington's distillery. Rye whiskey made to the founding father's specifications is now available — for a price.