Beam Global Spirits & Wine Sets Record with 31 Medals from the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

    17 Gold and Double Gold Medals Awarded to Beam Global Portfolio

    DEERFIELD, ILL., March 26 /CNW/ - Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.
(Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:  FO)), a global leader in premium spirits and wine,
announces its best performance ever from the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits
Competition, with 31 medal wins. Beam Global's portfolio of brands won an
impressive 17 Gold and Double Gold medals, achieving its highest volume of
Gold and Double Gold medals in company history.

    "With 17 Gold and Double Gold medal wins, this news will inspire a lot of
conversation among our various constituents around the world, from business
partners and customers to employees," said Tom Flocco, president and CEO of
Beam Global Spirits & Wine. "More than half of the medals awarded to Beam
Global were Gold and Double Gold which is a testament to the quality of the
entire portfolio. Our ranking in the categories of bourbon, Scotch whisky,
cognac, Canadian whisky and tequila are superb."

    "Our employees are the people we have to thank for these results. A great
deal of craftsmanship and artistry go into producing our brands. But the
ingredient that perhaps distinguishes us the most from everyone else is the
passion that our people bring to their roles," continued Flocco.

    The following Beam Global Spirits and Wine brands received Double Gold or
Gold medals in the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:

    --  From the Small Batch Bourbon Collection, Baker's(R) bourbon won a
Gold medal and Booker's(R) bourbon was awarded a Double Gold medal.

    --  Canadian Club(R) Classic 12, Canadian Club(R) Reserve and Canadian
Club(R) Sherry Cask whiskies all received Gold medals.

    --  Double Gold medals were awarded to Courvoisier(R) Initiale Extra and
Courvoisier(R) Napoleon cognac.

    --  The Dalmore(R) 21 Year Scotch whisky and The Dalmore(R) 28 year old
Stillman's Dram won Double Gold medals while The Dalmore(R) 12 Year was
awarded with a Gold medal.

    --  Gold medals were awarded to El Tesoro(R) Anejo and El Tesoro(R)
Reposado tequilas. El Tesoro(R) Paradiso Anejo won a Double Gold.

    --  Jim Beam(R) Black bourbon received a Gold medal.

    --  Laphroaig(R) scotch whisky had another winning year receiving Gold
medals for Laphroaig(R) 10 Year, Laphroaig(R) 10 Year Cask Strength and
Laphroaig(R) 30 Year.

    The 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was held on March 17th
and 18th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco. Held annually in San
Francisco, the competition is international, inspiring more than 700 spirits
entries from around the world. Judging is based on blind taste tests and
medals are awarded based on taste alone.

    About Beam Global Spirits & Wine:

    Inspiring conversations around the world, Beam Global Spirits & Wine,
Inc., is building brands people want to talk about. Consumers from all corners
of the globe call for our brands, including Jim Beam(R), Sauza(R), Canadian
Club(R), Courvoisier(R), Maker's Mark(R), Laphroaig(R), Larios(R), Whisky
DYC(R), Teacher's(R), DeKuyper(R), Knob Creek(R), Starbucks Liqueurs(TM) and
Clos Du Bois(R). Beam Global Spirits & Wine is part of Fortune Brands, Inc.
(NYSE:  FO), a leading consumer brands company with annual sales exceeding $8
billion. For more information on Beam Global Spirits & Wine, its brands, and
its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

    (C) 2007 Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., Deerfield, IL.

For further information:

For further information: Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. Sarah Devaney,
847-948-8888 or Qorvis Communications Nicole
Chardavoyne, 202-448-9284

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