Jim Beam distiller joins Texas distilleryBy Nicola Carruthers
Texas-based distillery Ben Milam Whiskey has appointed Jim Beam’s Marlene Holmes as its head distiller.
Holmes, who previously worked as a distiller at Jim Beam, has more than 27 years of experience in the Kentucky Bourbon industry.
She joined the team last month after searching for a new role “that would allow more creativity” and hands-on experience. Holmes will help grow the brand and has created Ben Milam’s own jug yeast.
“When I met the team, I was quickly drawn to their passion and determination to make a really good product,” said Holmes.
“I’ve been in the business for over 27 years, and this is the best whiskey I’ve ever put in my mouth. It’s very special. I knew it would be easy to get enthused about it and help promote and sell it because you can believe in it.”
The Blanco-based distillery was founded by Marsha Milam. Its whiskeys pay homage to Texas Revolution hero Benjamin Milam.
The distillery is on track to more than double its case sales this year and is “in the final stages of breaking ground” on a new barrel house.
“I’m very proud of Marlene, and I’m thrilled she’s chosen to join Ben Milam,” said Milam. “I have tremendous confidence in our product and I know she will contribute greatly to the quality of our whiskey.”