Brad Boswell, fourth generation CEO of Independent Stave Company, announced today that the Boswell family is donating one million dollars to the University of Kentucky. The donation will be used to build a 600 barrel rickhouse on campus to compliment the Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery. Both projects are part of the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits.
The announcement was made during the James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference. 2020 marks the inaugural conference, bringing together distilleries, farmers, and an assortment of representatives from secondary industries.
Topics of the conference include The Noble Oak, Grains, Fermentation, Warehousing, and Maturation and Logistics. Notable speakers such as Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton, master distillers Harlan Wheatley, Shane Baker, and Conor O’Driscoll fill the day, speaking to their particular areas of expertise.