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Female Master Distiller Sips Success in Spirits Industry


Starting out at Jim Beam

Holmes, now 64, is no stranger to bourbon. Rickhouses, or whiskey aging warehouses, dotted the rolling hills in central Kentucky where she was raised and were as much a part of the landscape as tobacco and horse barns. Holiday dishes included bourbon fudge, bourbon pudding, and bourbon balls with pecans. Summers brought glasses of iced sweet tea with bourbon.

Holmes entered the industry in 1990. Self-employed as a home remodeler, Holmes also owned a 30-acre farm with a lake and was considering raising catfish. She learned that the late Booker Noe, former master distiller of Jim Beam and the sixth generation of the Beam family to make bourbon, wanted to experiment with using the dried grain that was a byproduct of distillation as fish food. If it worked, he could boost company revenue.

Noe purchased 1,000 catfish fingerlings and, because of her shared interest in

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New Jack Daniel’s master distiller keeps up family tradition | Business News

“Chris has whiskey making in his blood, but he also has this incredible and unique combination of knowledge, expertise and creativity that will position us well into the future,” Combs said.

Jack Daniel’s sells more than 17 million cases globally of its spirits lineup — including flavored brand extensions and super-premium products that fetch higher prices. Sales for the powerhouse Tennessee Whiskey brand have grown at an annual rate of 5% in the past five years.

As master distiller, Fletcher will be responsible for every phase of production. He’ll oversee work on product innovation and serve as a global ambassador for the brand.

The continuity of multiple generations of families holding prominent production or business positions is common across the American whiskey sector. It’s also typical for the new generation to learn from the bottom up.

Fletcher’s time at Jack Daniel’s stretches back to 2001 when he worked as a

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Jack Daniel Distillery names new Master Distiller

The Jack Daniel Distillery announced Wednesday the grandson of a longtime Master Distiller, Chris Fletcher, will take over that role with the company.

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Jack Daniel Distillery announced Wednesday the grandson of a longtime Master Distiller will take over that role with the company.

Chris Fletcher, 39, will be carrying on the family tradition as Master Distiller of the iconic Tennessee whiskey brand. He is the grandson of former Master Distiller Frank Bobo, who served in the role from 1966 until his retirement in 1989.

Fletcher had previously served as Assistant Master Distiller for six years and will be responsible for the overall quality of Jack Daniel’s from “grain to glass,” innovation and serve as a global ambassador.

In addition, he will oversee the distillery’s new “Distillers in Training” program which recruits, teaches and mentors the next generation of whiskey makers.

“For the past six years, Chris

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New Jack Daniel’s master distiller keeps up family tradition

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This photo provided by Brown-Forman Corporation/Lack Daniel Distillery shows Chris Fletcher, the new master distiller at Jack Daniel’s. The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Fletcher spent six years as assistant master distiller and assumes the top role following Jeff Arnett’s departure after 12 years of leading the powerhouse brand.

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In a business where family tradition tends to matter, Chris Fletcher stepped up Wednesday to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to lead production of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand.

The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp. Fletcher spent six years as assistant master distiller and assumes the top role following Jeff Arnett’s departure after 12 years leading the distillery.

Fletcher, 39, is the grandson of former Jack Daniel’s master distiller Frank Bobo, who served

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New Jack Daniel’s master distiller keeps up family tradition | National News

In a business where

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New Jack Daniel’s master distiller keeps up family tradition

The Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand has a new master distiller

In a business where family tradition tends to matter, Chris Fletcher stepped up Wednesday to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to lead production of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand.

The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp. Fletcher spent six years as assistant master distiller and assumes the top role following Jeff Arnett’s departure after 12 years leading the distillery.

Fletcher, 39, is the grandson of former Jack Daniel’s master distiller Frank Bobo, who served in the role for more than two decades until retiring in 1989. Fletcher’s boyhood home was about three miles from the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, where Jack Daniel’s is produced.

Fletcher sat at his

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Chris Fletcher Taking the Reins as Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller

Seasoned Whiskey Maker Will Oversee Quality of Iconic Tennessee Whiskey From “Grain to Glass”

The Jack Daniel Distillery announced today that seasoned whiskey maker Chris Fletcher will take over the reins as Master Distiller of the iconic Tennessee Whiskey brand.

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Seasoned whiskey maker Chris Fletcher takes the reins as Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller. (Photo: Business Wire)

Fletcher, 39, had previously served for six years as Assistant Master Distiller and will be responsible for the overall quality of Jack Daniel’s from “grain to glass,” innovation and serve as a global ambassador. In addition, he will oversee the distillery’s new “Distillers in Training” program which aims to recruit, teach, and mentor the next generation of whiskey makers.

Born and raised in Lynchburg, and now carrying on a family tradition, Fletcher is the grandson of former Master Distiller Frank Bobo, who served

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Jack Daniel’s master distiller stepping down after 12 years | Business

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After 12 years of leading production of the powerhouse Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand, Jeff Arnett is stepping down as master distiller, the company announced Thursday.

Arnett stewarded the brand’s continued global growth and executed a strategy that expanded the Jack Daniel’s lineup with flavored brand extensions and super-premium products that fetch higher prices — part of an industrywide trend in American whiskey production.

As master distiller, Arnett was responsible for overall whiskey-making operations at the famed distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Through the years, master distillers took on another role as leading brand ambassadors to promote their products. Jack Daniel’s — the flagship brand of Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp. — is sold in more than 170 countries.

The company didn’t give a reason for Arnett’s departure. His career at the distillery spanned nearly 20 years and earlier roles included overseeing quality control and the brand’s single barrel

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Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett Stepping Down After Nearly 20 Years at Iconic Tennessee Whiskey Brand

LYNCHBURG, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following a nearly 20-year career at the Jack Daniel Distillery, where he served as Master Distiller for the last 12, Jeff Arnett is stepping down from his position, the company announced today.

Appointed Master Distiller in April 2008, Jeff has stewarded the iconic Tennessee Whiskey and been instrumental to the growth of Jack Daniel’s, which is now sold in more than 170 countries around the world. Jack Daniel’s is the #1 selling whiskey in the world.

“When Jeff became the Master Distiller, we said that he would carry on the long tradition of folks who have made the world’s best whiskey for more than 150 years, and that’s exactly what he’s done,” said Larry Combs, Jack Daniel Distillery SVP and General Manager. “He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the distillery and brought with him the creativity and the expertise that makes Jack Daniel’s the most

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Jack Daniel’s master distiller stepping down after 12 years | St. Louis business news

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