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09.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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OBITUARY – JIMMY BEDFORD

JIMMY BEDFORD, former master distiller of  Jack Daniel’s whiskey, died Friday, August 7.  He was 69.  His body was found outside a barn at his farm in Lynchburg. The apparent cause was a heart attack. Bedford started at the distillery in 1968 and worked in the yeasting, fermenting, milling and distillation areas –  becoming master distiller in 1988. Bedford retired in March 2OO8 after spending 2O years as the master distiller supervising the entire operation at the 143-year-old distillery in Lynchburg.  He traveled the world as the promotional face behind the product.

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