Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday: Drink some whiskey

Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday: Drink some whiskey

Though it may not be George Washington’s actual birthday, Presidents’ Day is still a good excuse to raise a glass to our entrepreneurial first president.

“The Spirit of Mount Vernon: The Return of George Washington’s Whiskey,” was originally released on February 16, 2011. Original text is below.

Many know George Washington as a general and statesman, but few think of America’s first president as a preeminent entrepreneur, operating the most successful whiskey distillery in the late 18th century. At its height, Washington’s distillery produced over 11,000 gallons of liquor a year, supplying the surrounding area and becoming one of his most lucrative business ventures.

At Washington’s former plantation, Mount Vernon , a group of historic interpreters are looking to bring this story to a wider audience. Thanks to a fully functioning replica of Washington’s distillery (and special dispensation from the Virginia General Assembly), George Washington’s rye whiskey is once again being made and sold to the public.

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