Ben Milam Whiskey Team Expands with Veteran Distiller

Milam Whiskey, an award-winning boutique distillery in Blanco, TX,
is excited to announce that former Jim Beam distiller, Marlene Holmes,
has joined the team as head distiller. With more than 27 years of
experience in the Kentucky whiskey industry, Holmes joins the Ben Milam
team following recent awards recognition that included gold medals for
all three products and the illustrious Double Gold for the Single Barrel

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Marlene Holmes, head distiller of Ben Milam Whiskey (Photo by: Andrew Reiner Photography)

Marsha Milam, founder of Ben Milam Whiskey, with passion, pride and
commitment to her product, inspired Holmes to pursue the position. She
joined the team just last month after retiring from Jim Beam, and while
she was looking to continue her career in the bourbon business, she
never imagined calling Texas home. Holmes was in search of a new role
that would allow her more creativity and hands-on in the day-to-day
after spending extended time in a more computerized environment that
often comes with bigger brands.

And although Marsha is what initially attracted Holmes to the brand, the
product itself is what won her over.

“When I met the team, I was quickly drawn to their passion and
determination to make a really good product,” said Holmes. “I’ve been in
the business for over 27 years, and this is the best whiskey I’ve ever
put in my mouth. It’s very special. I knew it would be easy to get
enthused about it and help promote and sell it, because you can believe
in it.”

Damn Good Whiskey

Founded by Marsha Milam, the high-quality whiskey pays homage to Texas
Revolution hero, Benjamin Rush Milam. This young brand has received gold
medals and double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits
Competition as well as other awards from the Whiskeys of the World
Awards, the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and The Fifty

The distillery is on trend to more than double the number of case sales
this year and is in the final stages of breaking ground for a new

“I’m very proud of Marlene, and I’m thrilled she’s chosen to join Ben
Milam,” said Milam. “I have tremendous confidence in our product, and I
know she will contribute greatly to the quality of our whiskey.”

Holmes plans to continue to help grow the brand and brings with her new
ideas, which includes the creation of Ben Milam’s own jug yeast. She
explains that similar to Kentucky, Texas’ rolling hills and limestone
water helps the brand to fit right in with the bigger whiskey names.
Like Texas, pride is a big part of whiskey’s identity, and she is
confident Ben Milam will continue to bring a competitive edge to the

About Ben Milam Whiskey

Ben Milam Whiskey is an award-winning limited production, high-quality
whiskey distillery located in Blanco, Texas. The distillery currently
offers three products: Ben Milam Single Barrel Bourbon, Ben Milam Barrel
Proof Bourbon (limited release) and the Ben Milam Small Batch
Rye. Ben Milam Whiskey currently has statewide distribution in Texas and
is available at fine liquor stores. For more information visit
If you’re interested in carrying our products, please call 830.833.3033.

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