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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The bourbon community is bottling up a unique blend to raise money and awareness for ALS. It comes after one of it's own was diagnosed with the devastating disease.
Earl Parker Beam is Heaven Hill's 6th generation distiller. He has laid the groundwork for his family to carry on the bourbon tradition.
"It's been one of those things I've always wanted to do and I felt like I was sort of destined to be, with a name like Beam what else do you do?" said Beam.
Parker Beam noticed his body was slowing down. He started developing devastating symptoms in which nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord slowly degenerate. Parker was diagnosed with ALS, also known as lou-gehrig's disease.
"It has been some what slow but you never know what tomorrow brings so you have to be prepared for that," said Beam.
Fred Now, Beam's cousin, says, "He's still parker he's still there and he's still got the stories and I still look up to him because he's one of the elder statesman in this bourbon industry."
Parker is using his bourbon legacy to bring awareness to his disease. The seven heritage distilleries in Kentucky are coming together to support Parker and his fight with ALS.
"When the idea came about I said Jim Beam's in and I know all the other distillers were just as quick to step up as I was," said Noe, Jim Beam's Master Distiller.
Parker hand picked the best of their bourbon and blended it together for one exceptional bottling. There are only two unity bottles in the world. They are up for auction Sunday and all the money will support ALS research.
"It shows the unity amongst the distillers here in Kentucky our tight knit family, I mean no body messes with us and we all stand up for each other," said Noe.
It's a perfect example of the relationship the distillers have, and now there's a product to prove it.
The auction takes place tonight at Whisky Fest in New York City.
You can bid for the bottle at home here: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21015/lot/163/?page_anchor=MR1_page_lots%3D5%26r1%3D36%26m1%3D1%26b1%3Dgrid