About Booker's Bourbon Blue Knights Batch
Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, Johannes Reginald Beam emigrated from Germany to the United States and eventually settled in Kentucky County. At the time, Kentucky County was still considered part of Virginia and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. After settling in Kentucky, Beam began harvesting corn and set forth a family tradition by distilling the excess grains he harvested into whiskey. Since then, seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the eponymous company (the company is actually named after James Beam, who rescued it following Prohibition).
As the second release in Booker’s Bourbon 2017 Collection – Booker’s Batch 2017-02, was dubbed “Blue Knights Batch.” This round is named in honor of Booker Noe’s lesser-known group of friends, the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. The Blue Knights are an international group of active and retired law enforcement officers sharing a passion for the open road.
Their alliance with Booker Noe began when he was invited to attend a Blue Knights’ rally in Kentucky. The friendship was instant, and in his classic larger-than-life ways, Noe invited all 300 officers over to his house the following day for a BBQ. This moment eventually evolved into a tradition, and it became an annual event each Memorial Day weekend. The Blue Knights named Noe an honorary member of the Blue Knights.
In honor of this tradition, Booker’s Bourbon has decided to pay tribute to the Blue Knights with their very own batch of this namesake bourbon in homage to the many years of friendship they shared. Bottled at 63.7% ABV, this batch consisted of barrels from four different production dates aged in several different locations within four warehouses; 2% from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse ONE, 38% came from the 7th floor of 9-story warehouse D, 33% from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse F, 27% from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse J. “I hope you’ll join me in raising a glass of Booker’s “Blue Knights” and toasting to brotherhood and great bourbon” (Fred Noe, Beam Family's 7th Generation Master Distiller).
Pick up a bottle today!
Jim Beam's grandson Booker Noe couldn't wait to turn 21 ― not so he could start drinking, but rather distilling. Being 6th generation distiller with Beam blood coursing through his veins, as well as growing up in the heart of Kentucky, it was only natural. He worked for years as a Master Distiller, then started bottling his very own bourbon as gifts for family and friends after retiring. In 1988 he released the first batch of his namesake Booker’s Bourbon to the public, coining the phrase "small batch" along the way. Today Booker's is run by his son Fred and operates under the Jim Beam distillery. "Fred, make sure they don't mess with my Booker's," is what he requested of his son at his retirement.
There are not many things more American than bourbon, and although most of it is produced in Kentucky, it can be produced all over the USA.
It must be made with at least 51% corn and bottled at 40% ABV or higher. So why not give this American classic a try?
Check out our impressive selection of bourbons, find your new favorite in Top 10 bourbons, or explore our treasury of rare & hard to find bourbons.