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American Whiskies

Whiskey was a staple cash crop in America long before the Revolution. You see, during the early years, America’s roads were miserable to non-existent. Farmers had a difficult time getting their goods to market before they spoiled.

But being a resourceful group of folks, they distilled their surplus grains to make whiskey. It didn’t spoil, was relatively easy to transport, and often served as a medium of exchange in the cash-poor frontier.

But whiskey-making came into bad times with the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution–which banned the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors. And the period between 1920 until 1933 is known as the era of Prohibition. Thirteen dry years that just about did in the legitimate whiskey-making industry in America. In 1920, there were over 2,000 distilleries in America; thirteen years later, there were less than a dozen viable distilleries capable of making potable drinking alcohol.

It wasn’t until the “craft” revival of the past decade that America’s whiskey has begun to bounce back. Today there are once again over 2,000 distilleries in America, and the numbers are increasing exponentially.

But what is American whiskey? Many folks would say, “Bourbon, of course.” But is, Bourbon is just one type of American whiskey. The truth is that there are many types of American whiskey, not counting blends. There is rye whiskey, rye malt whiskey, malt whiskey, wheat whiskey, Bourbon whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, and good old corn whiskey.

Agenda

6:00 – 6:30 –   Registration and Appetizers

6:30 – 7:30 –   Profile of 5 Whiskies

7:30 – 8:30 – American Whiskey Tasting

Rye Whiskey
Malt Whiskey
Tennessee Whiskey
Bourbon Whiskey
Corn Whiskey

8:30 – 9:00 – Dessert & Socialization

American Apple Pie

Space is limited to 15 whiskey enthusiasts, so please reserve a space as soon as possible.