Jim Beam Brands was named the first Distiller of the Year to be awarded by the just released January issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Beam won International Distiller of the Year as well recently from the International Wine and Spirits competition.

In a press release today, Beam Brands' President, Richard Reese is quoted as saying, "Our flagship Jim Beam bourbon brand has never been stronger...." The company says Knob Creek is in the super-premium class from the firm that is growing at double digits.