Have any of you been to George Washington’s Mount Vernon home in Virginia? I went earlier this year with GWs athletic community. Our Athletic Director decided we needed to see where George lived, and wanted us to learn more about the man who wanted to create a university in the middle of D.C.( cough, cough, George Washington University). I thought I knew a lot about our first president, he had wooden teeth, was a slave owner, and married a women named Martha. When I went I was reminded of the renaissance fair from back home. People were dressed up in clothes from the 1800s and were re-enacting how people used to live. From these people I learned some new and interesting facts about George Washington, One was that he grew his own grains, and then turned them into whiskey.
George Washington grew rye on his land, and during the war Washington decided to turn his rye into alcohol and sell it. Apparently his rye whiskey was a hit with everyone. Just recently the distillery in Mount Vernon, (the one in Virginia not GWUs other campus) was repaired and preservationist have started recreating George Washington’s rye whiskey. The whiskey is made by taking the grain and cooking it down into a sugar. That is done by mashing the grain and allowing it to ferment for at least 10 days. Then it is put through a distiller. The preservationists are creating it just as George Washington did. If you wanted to go buy a bottle, you would have to pay 185$ a bottle.
This whole thing about Washington making and selling rye whiskey was a new fact to me. Does anybody else know any cool facts about George Washington?