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2 Kentucky bourbons will be owned by Japanese company

Jim Beam and Maker's Mark won't be made by an American-owned company for much longer. Beam, the Illinois-based maker of the two Kentucky bourbons, has agreed to be acquired by a Japanese company for about $13.62 billion. With debt, it's closer to $16 billion.The deal still has to be approved by Beam's stockholders. The bourbon will still have to be made in the U.S. Bourbon is a type of whiskey, but in order to be called bourbon, it — by ...

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