Photos: James B. Beam’s Renovated Distillery And New Restaurant Offer An Upscale Experience


The James B. Beam Distilling Co. in Clermont, Kentucky, recently underwent a massive renovation, which included the addition of the new Fred B. Noe Distillery.

With that came the creation of a new restaurant at the facility: The Kitchen Table.

The Kitchen Table is an intimate upscale restaurant whose menu offerings include venison poppers, fried catfish, lamb ribs, spiced pork rinds, and hot brown pizza. They’ve also got a drink menu, which, naturally, includes plenty of bourbon and rye cocktails.

There’s lots of wood paneling; big windows on two sides of the space bring in a lot of light. Currently, its open porch overlooks a parking lot that Chef Brian Landry said would be turned into a natural meadow next year to give Kitchen Table guests a better view when they dine. Likewise, many of the ingredients the restaurant serves are locally sourced; they buy most of their meat from Cedar Creek Farms in Shepherdsville. 

The distillery has attracted controversy recently after Bullitt County landowners accused LG&E of building an unpopular natural gas pipeline primarily to benefit Beam Suntory, including its Clermont facility. A judge ruled against the petitioners, saying the pipeline would serve a broader public purpose.

On Wednesday, LEO got the chance to take part in a press event at The Kitchen Table, where we sampled numerous dishes and drinks at a table with Freddie B. Noe, the eighth generation distillery owner in the Beam family.

The facility also offers tours, plus tastings and a gift shop inside their American Outpost building.

| Photos by Carolyn Brown