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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

American Whiskey Distilleries

During the 1700’s a great number of immigrants from Scotland and Ireland came to the United States seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

 

Determined to make a new life, settlers first arrived in Kentucky around 1767. Travelling from Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Carolinas, these early settlers were lured to Kentucky by stories of rich soil and abundant game.

 

They brought with them a long heritage of distilling, these settlers carried on their tradition of making whiskey in their new home

 

By the end of the American War of Independence (1784), the first commercial distilleries had been established in what was then the western Virginia county of Kentucky

 

In 1964 the federal government recognized bourbon as a distinctive product of the U.S., passing a resolution protecting it under the law. As a result, bourbon is by definition a purely American drink, distilled through an American process. Charred-barrel aging, the unique process used to impart to bourbon its rich amber colouring and subtle vanilla palate, was an American innovation

 

American Micro Whiskey Distilleries

Due to the period of Prohibition in the United States most small distilleries were forced out of business, leaving only the corporate dominated mega-distilleries to resume operation when Prohibition was repealed.

 

The popularity of micro-distilling spirits is expanding consistently, with many micro-breweries and small wineries establishing distilleries within the scope of their brewing or winemaking operations.

American Whiskey Distilleries

 

Barton Distillery Region: Bardstown: Nelson County

Founded 1870s

Owner Barton Brands

Distillation Column Stills.

See also Buffalo Trace and Sazerac

 

Bernheim Distillery Region: Loisville

Founded 1992

Owner Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc

Distillation Column Stills

 

Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

 

Brown Foreman Distillery  Region: Loisville

Founded 1891

Owner Brown Foreman

Distillation Column Stills.

 

Brown-Foreman History

 

Early Times Kentucky Whisky                     Old Forester Bourbon

 

Woodford Reserve                               Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

 

Buffalo Trace  Region: Frankfort

Founded: 1787

Owner Sazerac Co

Distillation Column Stills

 

Ancient Age                        Blanton's                Buffalo Trace                                  

 

Buffalo Trace Distillery    Eagle Rare             ELmer T Lee

 

George T Stagg                Hancock                 McAfee Benchmark                      

 

Old Charter                       Rock Hill Farms    Sazerac Rye

 

Van Winkle

 

Four Roses Distillery  Region: Lawrenceburg

Founded 1860s

Owner: Kirin Brewery & Co

Distillation: Column Stills

 

Four Roses Bourbon           Bulliet Bourbon for brand owners Diageo

 

Heaven Hill Distillery Region: Bardstown: Nelson County

Founded 1934

Owner  Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.

Distillation Column Stills.

 

Bernheim                       Elijah Craig                     Evan Williams

 

Heaven Hill Brands     Henry McKenna               J T S Brown

 

J W Dant                        Old Fitzgerald                  Pikesville Rye

 

Rittenhouse Rye          Heaven Hil Bourbor Heritage Centre

 

Jim Beam Brands Co Region: Boston and Clermont

Founded 1795

Owner Jim Beam Inc

Distillation Column Stills

 

Bakers                              Basil Hayden's                     Bookers

 

Jim Beam                       Jim Beam Brands                knob Creek      

 

Jim Beam Heritage Whiskey                                      Makers Mark

 

Old Crow                         Old Grand-Dad                   Old Overbolt

 

Makers Mark Distillery Region: Loretto

Founded 1805

Jim Beam

Distillation Column Still followed by Pot Still

 

Makers Mark Bourbon

 

Wild Turkey Distillery Region: Lawrenceburg

Founded: 1869

Campari Group

Distillation Column Stills

 

Wild Turkey Bourbon

 

Willett Distillery Region Bardstown. Nelson County

Kentucky Bourbon Distillers

Founded 1935 Re-established 2012

Column and pot still

 

Wiilett Distillery          Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Brands

 

Johnny Drum, Old Bardstown,  Kentucky Vintage, Noahs Mill,

Pure Kentucky XO, Rowans' Creek, Willett Pot Still,

 

Woodford Reserve Distillery Region: Versailes

Founded1812

Owner Brown Foreman

Distillation Pot Stills

 

Woodford Reserve

 

Tennessee Whiskey Distilleries

 

George A Dickel & Co Distillery

Founded 1870

Owner Diago

Distillation Column still

 

George A Dickel Tennessee Whiskey

 

Jack Daniels Distillery

Founded 1866

Owner Brown Foreman

Distillation Column Still

 

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

 

American Micro Whiskey Distilleries

Due to the period of Prohibition in the United States most small distilleries were forced out of business, leaving only the corporate dominated mega-distilleries to resume operation when Prohibition was repealed.

 

The popularity of micro-distilling spirits is expanding consistently, with many micro-breweries and small wineries establishing distilleries within the scope of their brewing or winemaking operations.

 

American  Micro Whiskey Distilleries

American Micro Whiskey Distillers

 

Small Scale Distillers producing their own Whiskey

 

Balcones TX

 

Charbay

Clear Creek

Copperfox

Edgefield

Peach Street

Rogue Spirits

St George Spirits

St James Spirits

Stranahan’s

Templeton Rye

Triple Eight Distillery

Tuthiltown

Woodstone Creek

 

Moonshine

Catoctin Creek

Corsair Artisans

Mountain Moonshine

Piedmont Distillers NC

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