Bourbon is America's native spirit but as its popularity grows, the brands are increasingly being scooped up by foreign companies.
Thanks to a 1964 law, bourbon must be made in the U.S. but the rules don't say anything about where the controlling company is headquartered.
Bourbon lovers might be surprised to learn that a large number of Kentucky favorites are owned by Japanese companies. Last year, Japan-based Suntory bought Beam at a 25 percent premium over market value for $16 billion.
That means the world's best-selling bourbon, Jim Beam, is actually owned by a Japanese company. Suntory also now owns Maker's Mark, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden.