DrinkWire is Liquor.com's showcase for the best articles, recipe and reviews from the web's top writers and bloggers. In this post, Tom Fischer of BourbonBlogoffers a fitting tribute to Heaven Hill's Master Distiller Emeritus, Parker Beam.

Parker Beam Master DistillerHeaven Hill Distilleries Inc. tells BourbonBlog that Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam passed away last night after a long and valiant battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

To honor Parker, we’re including video interviews and memories with Parker. The video segments celebrated moments ranging from his 50th Anniversary Party at Heaven Hill to Kentucky Bourbon Festival events. One video dates back nearly 10 years.

As you watch, we invite you to share your own memory with Parker or personal tribute as a fan of his Bourbon legacy below under comments (on this link).

We are saddened by Parker’s death as he was one of the finest gentlemen we ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with in the world of whiskey.

On behalf of all of us at BourbonBlog.com, our prayers and thoughts go out to Parker’s family and all those touched by his life. – Tom Fischer.

>> For more on Parker Beam's legacy — including extensive video-interview archives and an official statement from Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira — visit Tom's post on BourbonBlog.com.