Paul Pacult has a new book coming about about Jim Beam. He'll be at the Bourbon Festival. I haven't seen the book and all I know about it is in the sample pages on Amazon but I already have a quibble...with the dust jacket. Several times in the dust jacket copy they describe Jim Beam as a "family business." Unfortunately, it hasn't been a family business of the Beam family since they sold it in the 1940s. After that for about 20 years it was a "family business," but the family was the Blum family. Thereafter and ever since it has been as corporate as corporate gets, as part of what is now Fortune Brands.

Of course, I'm mainly just jealous. Why can't I get one of those corporate front gigs? I could use the money.