The following is taken from OASG:
"Early Times Distillery Co., Inc. (Reg. #7 5th Dist, Early Times). John Henry Beam worked at the family distillery on a farm near Mooresville. About 1856 his brother D. M. Beam began a distillery in Nelson County (RD #230, 5th Dist.), but John Henry, known as "Jack" Beam, continued to operate the farm distillery, making only about 1/2 barrel a day.
In 1866 he moved the operation to a place on the railroad, afterwards known as Early Times station in Nelson County. There he built a 50 bu plant. His brands were Early Times, Jack Beam and A. G. Nall.
Some time later the wholesale firm of Pierce, Hurt & Co. were contracted to distribute the goods which gained wide popularity. In the panic of the 1880s, Pierce, Hurt & Co. gained control of the distillery and B. H. Hurt became President., J. H. Beam VP and distiller.
Beam died in 1915 and his nephew John W. Shaunty became pres. Shortly thereafter, the main office was moved to Paducah, Shaunty's home and the home base of Pierce, Hurt & Co.
Operations ceased in 1918 and in 1920 S. J. Guthrie purchased the property and company. Shortly thereafter the whiskey and brand names were sold to Brown-Forman for medicinal bottling.
In 1934 when most buildings had been razed the J.T.S. Brown family purchased the property and built a 40 bu. plant known as J. T. S. Brown's Sons Co. to produce Old J.T.S. Brown at what they claimed as the smallest distillery in Kentucky. About 1956, the Browns sold out and the distillery was dismantled after selling the brand to Schenley (Coyte Papers)."
The company used the brand names:
"A. G. Nall", "Early Times", and "Jack Beam."
Business name timeline:
Early Times Distillery Co., Inc.
124 N 2 nd
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