Resource Aug 1, 2022

NPCA & Limestone Branch Distillery Partner to Protect Parks

Since 2018, Limestone Branch Distillery has donated $235,000 to NPCA as part of our partnership to protect national parks and inspire the next generation of park advocates.

What do bourbon and national parks have in common? For Limestone Branch Distillery – a lot. Their signature bourbon, Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, was originally created in 1872 – the same year Yellowstone was designated as our first national park.

Now, over 150 years later, Limestone Branch Distillery continues to commemorate its heritage and connection to national parks through their partnership with NPCA. Limestone Branch Distillery has supported NPCA’s efforts to protect and preserve national parks and raise awareness about the issues that impact our public lands since 2018. For each bottle of Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey sold between January 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022, Limestone Branch Distillery will donate $1.50 to NPCA, up to $30,000 annually.

Lifelong Love of Parks

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Stephen Beam, Limestone Branch Distillery founder & master distiller, in Yellowstone National Park. 

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Limestone Branch Distillery’s support of national parks is tied to the experiences of its founder and master distiller, Stephen Beam. Stephen and his family traveled to parks like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park and others which helped develop and solidify his lifelong love of nature.

With national parks ingrained in my family history and memories, and playing such an integral role in my upbringing, as soon as I had the opportunity, I knew I wanted to use the distillery to give back to these iconic and special places, one bottle at a time. 

Stephen Beam

Commitment to Park Protection

Together, we’ve partnered on efforts to protect and preserve national parks while inspiring others to take action on behalf of our public lands – keep reading to learn about the impact we’ve made together.

Yellowstone 150 & Flood Relief

Limestone Branch Distillery helped NPCA commemorate 150 years since the designation of Yellowstone National Park in many ways in 2022. Stephen Beam was featured in a video that inspires individuals to think about the ways they can be park protectors in their daily lives through the perspective of community members who have meaningful, personal connections to Yellowstone National Park. When the film debuted at an event in Bozeman in April 2022, Stephen participated as part of a panel discussing the park and the ongoing need for its protection. Stephen and other participants encouraged members of the local Montana community to think about their own connections to the park and the ways they can do their part to protect it.

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Yellowstone flood relief event in Bozeman, Montana.

In June 2022, Limestone Branch Distillery stepped in to support Yellowstone in the wake of devastating floods that swept through it and the surrounding area. Through a fundraising event hosted by NPCA, Limestone Branch Distillery matched donations up to $50,000 to support the Southwest Montana Relief Fund – a joint effort between the Park County Community Foundation (PCCF) and Greater Gallatin United Way – and the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation. With Limestone Branch Distillery’s help, NPCA and the Bozeman community raised over $100,000.

Talking Parks Video Series

In 2022, Limestone Branch Distillery and NPCA released the Talking Parks video series. Featuring Stephen as well as two NPCA park advocates, the series tells stories of the role that national parks play in their lives and how they take park protection personally. Limestone Branch Distillery and NPCA designed and disseminated resources to inspire people to take action and help them make a difference on behalf of parks. Participants across the country committed to writing letters, educating friends and family and contacting their representatives to ensure their voices and perspectives on the importance of protecting national parks were heard. You can learn more about the campaign and how you can make an impact here.

Virtual Park Talk

In a Park Talk in 2020, Stephen was joined by two members of NPCA’s Next Generation Advisory Council and BACKPACKER Magazine’s Randy Propster in a conversation that inspired people to think about how their own national park experiences have made them park advocates – as well as the impact they can make through that love of parks – by showcasing the panelists perspectives, backgrounds and personal passions for our public lands. The talk delved into how their journeys have affected them personally and the different but impactful ways they have protected our parks as a result. You can watch the Park Talk here.

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