Grain to Glass
Discover the people, places, and stories
behind every step of our most adventurous
whiskey production ever.
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After over 80 years of experience in Bourbon-making, we started the Grain
to Glass Project to develop uniquely different whiskeys. And that
starts before a seed is even planted.
We wanted seeds that would thrive in our region of Kentucky. We also wanted something exclusive. Something that no one had ever distilled before. Our goal was to isolate certain variables using the most advanced science and harvest the best grains for whiskey production. To do that, we needed to find the best seed supplier.
Greatest of Grains
For decades, Beck's Hybrids has specialized in developing customized seeds that generate increased harvest yields.
The most important
we use to
create our bourbon survived
mass extinctions and evolved to
consist of 10,000 species. Scroll to learn more about
this versatile plant.
30,000 Years Ago
The earliest detected
domestication of wild grains in
the Fertile Crescent. They are
einkorn wheat, emmer wheat,
1,000 Years Ago
Native Americans from South
and Central America migrate
North, bringing maize with them.
The cultivation of maize in North
America leads to the creation
of new varieties of corn
across the country.
600 Years Ago
Europeans begin using grains
to distill whiskey. The first
confirmed written record
of whisky comes from
Ireland in 1405.
70 Years Ago
New technology and science allow farmers to experiment
in order to maximize yields and produce the most efficient crops.
This period, known as the Green Revolution, lead to the creation
of several new varieties of grains.
With our seed supplier
locked in, we began
searching for farmers, and
we didn't have to look far.
The Peterson Family runs a
60-acre farm directly across the street from our Bardstown rickhouses. Not only are they a family-run operation, they introduced us to the Beck's family. Our partnership was destined.
Selecting the Grain
Exceptional grains come from passionate farmers and the Petersons are no exception. They take tremendous pride in their craft.
In the Blink of an Eye
Finding the perfect farming partner was essential to this project. They must monitor everything from soil temperature to wind direction during growing season and make precise adjustments to ensure success.
The SoilOnce the soil maintains our optimal temperature of around 60 degrees, it's time to plant our corn. Crops are usually planted between mid April and the end of May.
The CornCorn used for whiskey production is harvested when the stalks are brown and the kernels are dry.
The FarmersThe dedicated team at Peterson Farms works around the clock to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The YieldDetermining the optimal harvest date is crucial when selecting grains for whiskey production. If the kernels aren't dry enough, they can't be used in a mashbill.