Taffer’s Mixologist – Reading Eagle

George Washington fathered more than a nation; he contributed some DNA to the nation’s whiskey industry.

In 1797 Washington, urged by a caretaker at his estate, built a 2,250-square-foot distillery for making corn and rye whiskey at Mount Vernon, Va. By 1799 that operation had produced 11,000 gallons and was one of the largest distillers of its kind according to the Distilled Spirits Council in Washington, D.C.

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