Interview with Fred Noe, November 14, 2013

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Fred Noe is Master Distiller at the Jim Beam Distillery near Bardstown, Kentucky. He is the son of Booker Noe and the great-grandson of Jim Beam. In this interview he talks about growing up in Bardstown, Kentucky with other distilling families and how he came to work at the family business. He talks about the changes that have occurred at the distillery and in the bourbon industry over the years including the introduction of super premium and small-batch bourbons. He talks about his mentors, his father, and the advice he has received and will pass on to his own son. He talks about bourbon on the international market, the resurgence in the popularity of bourbon, and the trend of bourbon tourism.

Noe describes the process of making bourbon, the importance of charred barrels, and how the rackhouses work to age the bourbon. He talks about the creation of Booker's Bourbon and tells stories about his father and mother and their family home. He discusses illegal distilling during Prohibition and Jim Beam's career outside of the bourbon industry.

Interview Accession

2013oh464_bik025

Interviewee Name

Fred Noe

Interviewer Name

Jim Korkorus

Interview Date

2013-11-14

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Noe, Fred Interview by Jim Korkorus. 14 Nov. 2013. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Noe, F. (2013, November 14). Interview by J. Korkorus. Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Noe, Fred, interview by Jim Korkorus. November 14, 2013, Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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