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Which US distilleries are continuously producing since before prohibition?

Would you have guessed the oldest continuous producing U.S. Distilleries by state? Founded before 1900 1780 New Jersey Scobeyville Laird & Company 1805 Kentucky Loretto Burks Distillery /Maker’s Mark 1856 Missouri Weston Holladay Distillery 1857 Indiana Lawrenceburg MGP /Midwest Grain Products 1866 Tennessee Lynchburg Jack Daniel’s Founded between 1900 - 2000 1935 Virginia Fredericksburg A. Smith Bowman 1981 California Ukiah [...]

About whisk(e)y, the clergy, surgeons, peasants, and the crown

The following article is dedicated to Mark Thomson, UK Ambassador for Glenfiddich Single Malt of Williams Grant & Sons, and Iain Russell Brands Heritage Manager of The Glenmorangie Company. Thank you for inspiring me to write this article. I will write whisk(e)y in this article out of respect for the amazing inspirations I received from Scottish Whiskys. In the year [...]

How Henry the VIII influenced the whiskey market

Henry the VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) may be best known for his six wives, and the English Reformation of the Church of England from papal authority in 1531. But the Tudor’s decision may not simply have rooted from his wish to remarry but was rather a long-planned political and most importantly a financial decision. In fact, [...]

Women in the art of distilling

Early history In the history of the production of alcoholic beverages one thing stands out in particular - from the start women were responsible for the production of beer and distillates, as it was associated with cooking in the broadest sense. This applies equally to early China, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the American or African continents. Witch burning from the [...]

Whiskey Rebellion

It started as a tax protest in the United States in 1791 during the presidency of George Washington. The newly formed federal government passed a “whiskey tax” which became law in 1791, and was intended to generate revenue for the war debt incurred during the Revolutionary War taxing all distilled spirits. […]

The Volstaed Prohibition Act

The Volstead Act was the nationwide ban on the manufacture, transport and sale of alcohol by the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution from 1920 to 1933. The Volstead Act was activated on January 17th 1920 and nationwide prohibition. The common name is National Prohibition Act which passed the Congress despite the veto of President Woodrow Wilson on October [...]