Today's Chicago Tribune has an article on Beam's split from Fortune and that they expect sales growth to out pace the industry. The interesting nuggets are that Beam's sales are up 14% year to date with "strength" in Jim Beam, "double-digit growth" in Makers and "solid growth" in Skinnygirl. The article also states (but doesn't cite the source) that liquor consumption continues to eat away at beer consumption with beer below 50% for the first time since prohibition.,2405321.story