April 25, 2012

BEAM DECLARES REGULAR DIVIDEND

Deerfield, Illinois, April 25, 2012 - Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), a leading global premium spirits company, today declared a regular dividend of 20.5 cents per share on the Common Stock, payable in cash on June 1, 2012, to stockholders of record at the close of business May 9, 2012.

The company also declared a regular dividend of 66.75 cents per share on the $2.67 Convertible Preferred Stock, payable in cash on June 10, 2012, to stockholders of record at the close of business May 9, 2012.

About Beam Inc.

As one of the world's leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher's Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, EFFEN Vodka, Pucker Flavored Vodka, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC, DeKuyper Cordials, and Skinnygirl Cocktails. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,200 passionate associates worldwide generated 2011 sales of $2.8 billion, volume of 34 million 9-liter cases and some of the industry's fastest growing innovations.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.

CONTACT

Media Relations
Clarkson Hine
+1-847-444-7515
Clarkson.Hine@beamglobal.com

Investor Relations
Tony Diaz
+1-847-444-7690
Tony.Diaz@beamglobal.com


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