Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What We've Learned Making Whiskey as Washington Did


Becky Harris, distiller at Catoctin Creek Distillery, with Chuck Cowdery at George Washington's Distillery, October 24, 2017.
The rebuilt George Washington Distillery opened to the public in 2007, after a decade of study, excavation, and reconstruction. Making whiskey there, as Mount Vernon does for eight weeks each year, is a great show for visitors but it also helps historians better understand Washington, his business enterprises, and the technology of distilled spirits production in the late 18th century.

What has been learned in a decade of operation? We asked Steve Bashore, Mount Vernon's Director of Historic Trades. You will find his answer in the new issue of The Bourbon Country Reader.

Early distillers faced many challenges. On the American frontier, one of the greatest was transportation, the need to get their whiskey to distant markets. Waterways came first, followed by the railroads. Most of Kentucky's historic distilleries that are still in operation today are located where they are because of where the railroads ran in the mid-to-late 19th century. That's the other tale in the new Reader.

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Founded in 1994, The Bourbon Country Reader is the oldest publication devoted entirely to American whiskey. It is a charming mix of news, history, analysis, and product reviews. Do you worry that advertising spending influences coverage in other publications? No chance of that here since The Bourbon Country Reader is 100 percent reader-supported. It accepts no advertising.

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