Our Timeline & Story

1900’s

  • 1934 – Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. is founded
  • 1935 – Barrel #1 is filled
  • 1946 – Earl Beam leaves the Jim Beam company and succeeds his cousin Harry as Heaven Hill Master Distiller
  • 1971 – Max Shapira, son of Ed Shapira, joins as Director of Corporate planning
  • 1976 – Harry Shapira, son of David Shapira, joins the family business
  • 1995 – Elijah Craig® Small Batch Bourbon and Elijah Craig® Single Barrel Bourbon are released
  • 1996 – The first edition of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage® is released
  • 1996 – The historic Bardstown Distillery burns down in fire/George Shapira, last surviving member of the five founding brothers, passes away
  • 1996 – Max Shapira becomes President of Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc.
  • 1998 — Barrel #4,000,000 is filled on January 13th
  • 1999 — Heaven Hill acquires the historic Bernheim Distillery.

2000′s

  • 2001 — Current Heaven Hill Vice President of Marketing Kate Shapira Latts, and her husband, Chief Operating Officer Allan Latts, join the family business
  • 2002 — Barrel #4,500,000 is filled on December 4th
  • 2003 — Heaven Hill breaks ground for the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center® – set to open in Fall 2004
  • 2004 — Heaven Hill dedicates the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center®
  • 2004 — Wine Enthusiast names Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. Wine Star “Distiller of the Year”
  • 2005 — Heaven Hill introduces Bernheim Original® Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey
  • 2006 — Barrel #5,000,000 is filled on January 31st
  • 2007 — Andy Shapira joins the family business as Director of Sales Analysis
  • 2007 — The first edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection is released. It is an 11-year-old, cask strength Bourbon. A new edition is released every year in the Fall
  • 2008 — The first edition of William Heavenhill is released. It is a 225 month old Bourbon, bottled at barrel strength
  • 2008 — Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. wins both the “Distiller of the Year” and “Visitor Attraction of the Year” awards during the presentation of Whisky Magazine’s “Icons of Whisky-USA”
  • 2008 — Barrel #5,500,000 is filled on November 18th
  • 2009 — Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. captures “U.S. Whisky Distiller of the Year” for the second consecutive year at Whisky Magazine’s 2009 U.S. Icons of Whisky Presentations
  • 2010 — Barrel #6,000,000 is filled on December 14th
  • 2012 — Larceny® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is released
  • 2013 — Barrel #6,500,000 is filled on March 26th
  • 2013 — Elijah Craig® Barrel Proof is released
  • 2013 — Grand Opening of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Thursday, November 14th