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Buffalo Trace, a bourbon maker located near the state capital city of
According to historians whiskey and other distilled spirits, such as rum, played an important role in both the American colonies and in the new democratic union. As early as 1657, a rum distillery was operating in
Even before the American Revolution, whiskey had become the preferred way to use surplus grains in the frontier settlements west of the
A whiskey tax led to the first test of federal power, the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. It was put down by federal troops ordered in by President Washington. After serving as president, George Washington became probably the new nation's largest whiskey distiller.
Its believed by 1810 there were at least 2,000 distillers producing more than 1.76 million gallons of whiskey. Annual alcohol consumption (including wine, beer, etc.) may have been as high as 8 gallons per person. I’ll drink to that.
Story by: James Weaver GolfWiz BlogSenior Travel Writer