45,000 Barrels of Jim Beam Whiskey Lost In Fire

July 3, 2019

Raise an empty glass in memory of the 45,000 barrels of Jim Beam whiskey that were lost in a fire in Kentucky.

According to CBS News, two barrel warehouses caught on fire late at night on July 2nd. Reports suggest that the fire was caused by a lightning strike. The whiskey distiller is believed to have lost between $90 and $300 million in product.

However, the spirits that were lost were described as "relatively young whiskey," meaning that the fire will not hurt availablity for customers. Plus, since Jim Beam operates 126 warehouses throughout the state of Kentucky, which can hold about 3.3 million barrels of whiskey, the fire only destroyed 1.4% of their inventory.