Simply put, Heaven Hill Distillery has been lifting America’s spirit since 1935. They celebrate American Whiskey’s rich traditions, guide its evolution and champion its exciting future.
For them, whiskey is more than a profession, it’s a personal passion that they pour into every bottle and share with newcomers and aficionados alike. So whether you enjoy the simple pleasure of Rye Whiskey or savour the uniquely satisfying experience of a rare Single Barrel Bourbon, you’ll find a home at Heaven Hill.
At Heaven Hill Distillery, you could say that whiskey-making runs in our blood. After all, we’ve been family owned and operated since 1935 and have grown to become the 2nd largest Bourbon distiller in the world. Our independence enables us to continue making a wide variety of whiskey styles and types for you to discover and enjoy. Whether you’re at one of our visitor centers along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® or browsing the website from home, our passionate and dedicated people are happy to share their extensive whiskey knowledge with you.
Parker Beam, Master Distiller Emeritus 1941-2017
Parker Beam began working at Heaven Hill Distillery in 1960, alongside his father, Earl, who was Heaven Hill’s first Master Distiller when the company was founded in 1935. Parker passed away in January 2017 after a long and valiant battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. His 57 years of experience and sage counsel has left an indelible mark on the production and aging of Heaven Hill Distillery’s American Whiskeys.
Denny Potter, Master Distiller
Denny oversees the distilling, aging and selecting of Heaven Hill’s world-renowned portfolio of American Whiskeys. Denny has spent 14 years in distillery operations, and he now has the enviable position of ensuring that the Bourbon produced at Heaven Hill Distillery possesses the same high quality and consistent taste consumers have come to expect.
Charlie Downs, Artisanal Master Distiller
Charlie has been working the stills at Heaven Hill for over 40 years, alongside Earl and Parker Beam and three generations of the Shapira family. Charlie runs our Artisanal Distillery at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row, an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Stop by for a tour; Charlie would love to show you around.
Rickhouses Of Heaven Hill Distillery
The “O” rickhouse was built in 1957 in Bardstown. It has seven floors and can hold up to 19,000 barrels. There are more than 30 of its kind that Heaven Hill uses, making it the most numerous style used at Heaven Hill.
The “FF” rickhouse was built in the early 1950’s in Deatsville at the site of the T.W. Samuels Distillery. It has six floors and can hold around 20,000 barrels. It is one of nine of its kind that Heaven Hill uses.
(Source: Adapted from the Heaven Hill literature)