The Jim Beam American Stillhouse – Wins Green Award

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The Jim Beam American Stillhouse announced today that it has received LEED® Gold certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The Jim Beam American Stillhouse is situated on the grounds of Jim Beam’s flagship distillery in Clermont, Ky.

Nestled in the rolling foothills of Kentucky and steeped in rich 218-year history, the Jim Beam American Stillhouse construction honored that history during development and construction. From a welcome desk crafted from repurposed Cypress wood to concrete made with a high volume of fly ash from coal fired boilers to the use of the wooden entrance door and cast iron exterior staircase that were original to the Jim Beam distillery, the company’s overall commitment to natural resource conservation can be seen across multiple touch points along the tour. Even 100 percent of the white oak barrels used to age Jim Beam Bourbon are repurposed for everything from other distilled spirits to wood products.

“As a company, Beam is committed to sustainable operating practices that minimize our carbon footprint,” said Steve Lutes, VP Technical Services. “We work, company-wide, to raise the bar for sustainability efforts and are proud of the strides we have made towards positively impacting the environment. In addition to building one of the best visitor experiences within the industry, we did so in an environmentally friendly manner.”

To spearhead these efforts, Beam established a dedicated Environmental Management Committee to oversee improvement of its systems and processes worldwide. After more than two centuries in the business that largely relies on the land, especially Kentucky water to craft its top-selling whiskey, Beam takes a meticulous approach to protect the environment. As such, Beam focuses on a handful of sustainability tenets including: water preservation, energy conservation and recycling.

“The Jim Beam American Stillhouse’s LEED certification demonstrates the company’s dedication to green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “USGBC’s mission challenges businesses to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Beam serves as an exemplary example with just how much we can accomplish to preserve the environment.”

The LEED Gold certification was based on several green design and construction features that directly impact the distillery grounds, such as energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.

As part of its environmental commitment, the construction of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse:

  • Used 25 percent recycled materials;
  • Achieves 50 percent annual water savings due to the low-flow fixtures, faucets and flush valves in the American Stillhouse;
  • Has 100 percent controlled lighting in its facilities to save energy; and
  • Diverted 79 percent of its construction waste from landfills.

Whisky Festivals:

26may - 3junAll DayIslay Festival - Feis IleIslay

Event Details

The Islay Festival of Music and Malt for whisky fans around the World is one of the most important dates in the calendar.  The distilleries on the island and on neighbouring Jura, run open days throughout the week. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. Now in their 31st year, so they must be doing something right!

Feis Ile 2017 will be held from Fri 26th May – Sat 3rd June.

The Feis Ile is the charitable organisation from which this now huge Festival of Music & Malt has evolved. The Voluntary Committee work collaboratively with the Distillery Community together with local Musicians and other interested people to showcase Islay.

Time

May 26 (Friday) - June 3 (Saturday)

Location

Islay

Organizer

The Feis Ile

26may - 3junAll DayIslay Festival - Feis IleIslay

Event Details

The Islay Festival of Music and Malt for whisky fans around the World is one of the most important dates in the calendar.  The distilleries on the island and on neighbouring Jura, run open days throughout the week. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. Now in their 31st year, so they must be doing something right!

Feis Ile 2017 will be held from Fri 26th May – Sat 3rd June.

The Feis Ile is the charitable organisation from which this now huge Festival of Music & Malt has evolved. The Voluntary Committee work collaboratively with the Distillery Community together with local Musicians and other interested people to showcase Islay.

Time

May 26 (Friday) - June 3 (Saturday)

Location

Islay

Organizer

The Feis Ile

17jun12:00 pm- 9:00 pmEdinburgh Whisky FestivalThe Whisky LoungeAssembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

Event Details

This years Edinburgh Whisky Festival we’re heading back to the Assembly Rooms on George Street. This iconic Georgian venue has long been at the heart of Edinburgh hosting thousands of events from Royal banquets to film festivals, but for this day in June it will play host to Scotland’s most iconic drink – whisky!

As in previous years you can expect to see a fantastic display of whiskies from Scotland and around the world, we’re also working on some sensational masterclasses which will leave even the most seasoned whisky drinker astounded and amazed.

As always you also have a choice of sessions in order to ease the crowds slightly and make your life more comfortable!

Saturday 17th June Early Session: 12pm-4pm

Saturday 17th June Late Session: 5pm-9pm.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Assembly Rooms

George Street, Edinburgh

Organizer

The Whisky Lounge

24jun12:00 pm- 4:30 pmStoke-on-Trent Whisky Festival 2017Around 100 whiskies and more than 15 gins availableKing's Hall, Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH

Event Details

Organised by 2 local whisky enthusiasts, Chris Knight and Neil Rowley; we wanted a way to give fellow enthusiasts, and new comers alike, the chance to taste new whiskies from a wide range of distillers from around the world, along with some fantastic offerings from independent bottlers.

There are 2 types of ticket, an Admission ticket and a Masterclass ticket. A Masterclass ticket MUST be accompanied by an Admission ticket.

With the increased popularity of gins over recent years, we also wanted to raise people’s awareness of the fantastic products now available. There will be a number of gins available at the festival, giving you a chance to try new gins from some of the many artisan distillers.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT

Location

King's Hall

Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH


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