James B. Beam unveils American single malt whiskey

Clermont Steep

Freddie Noe, master distiller of Fred B. Noe Distillery, leads the Beam family’s first foray into American single malt

James B. Beam Distilling Co. has taken its 227 years of whiskey-making expertise and created Clermont Steep, the distillery’s first foray into American single malt whiskey.

The whiskey was developed by Freddie Noe, 8th generation master distiller of the Fred B. Noe Distillery, as he ventures into the emerging category of American single malt and explores the full potential of American malted barley.

With no current official definition in the American single malt category, despite the pending designation on the horizon, Noe developed his own defining guidelines. He made intentional production choices to celebrate the flavor of the single grain.

Clermont Steep is a five-year-old liquid distilled and aged in Clermont, Kentucky, and matured in bespoke barrels to deliver warm toffee sweetness on the palate without overshadowing the unique, bready taste of American barley. 

“As a new venture, crafting Clermont Steep has been one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced in the distillery, and I am incredibly proud of where we’ve landed,” said Noe. “This American single malt whiskey is smooth, sweet and incredibly balanced, and it deserves a spot on any whiskey lover’s bar cart, right alongside their bourbons and ryes.” 

Photo Credit: Beam Suntory, Clermont Steep

The launch of Clermont Steep marks a significant milestone in the American whiskey landscape as James B. Beam Distilling Co., the world’s largest producer of bourbon, takes a stake in a rapidly growing segment that has yet to be fully explored. 

“I’m always looking toward the future of American whiskey, and the boundless runway in this category intrigued me,” said Noe. “We don’t just want to participate in American single malt whiskey; we want to help define it for the future of the category.” 

Clermont Steep will be available in select states across the US, in-store and on ReserveBar, beginning June 2023. For real-time information about Clermont Steep, follow along on Instagram @clermontsteep and

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