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Jim Beam Distillery opens smokehouse restaurant

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Bourbon boom is bringing a lot of attention to America's native spirit, and where it's made.

Jim Beam opened it's stillhouse to visitors last year, but wanted to give them the full experience of Bourbon Country.

"Here at the property there's no place for visitors to get anything to eat and right here at the exit off I-65 there's not any restaurants," said master distiller, Fred Noe.

Jim Beam opened Fred's Smokehouse.
The idea came natural to Jim Beam's master distiller.

"Jim Beam had a smokehouse, my dad and me cured hams in the smokehouse, now me and my son Freddy smoke hams in the smokehouse," said Noe. 

You can smell the smoker from the stillhouse. They're serving up ribs, brisket, and pork shoulder. You'll find most of the menu in Noe's book which features recipes from his childhood, even the menu items are named after family members.

With a name like Jim Beam, comes high expectations... and this southern cooking hits the spot.

"Noe says, "To see it all come together, it's really cool to see it come from our little small visitors center we had a few years ago to what we have now. I kind of say it's the Disney World for adults."

Noe was inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame Friday night.

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