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Washington’s Whiskey

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?

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  1. ms
    October 31, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Some interesting facts I found:
    -Washington was the only Founding Fathers to free his slaves.
    -He was the only president who did not live in Washington D.C.
    -The nation’s capital, along with 1 state, 31 counties and 17 cities (Maybe 18 counting the -town of “George,” in central Washington State) are named in his honor.
    -As a farmer, Washington grew marijuana on his farm and promoted it’s growth. (In the 1790s, the crop was grown mainly for its industrial value as hemp and for soil stabilization. It was many years later that the recreational and illegal use of marijuana became popular.)
    -As a farmer, he is credited with introducing the mule to America.
    -He was the first Mason to serve as president.
    -He was the only president to win a unanimous vote of the Electoral College.
    -Washington’s 2nd inaugural address was the shortest ever delivered – 135 words.

  2. November 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    George Washington, before his “illustrious” military career, was a skilled surveyor which lead him to his next job as a tobacco farmer. Washington’s tobacco (which was considered particularly robust) was the first fame that Washington received. During his military career as a Colonist, Washington (accidentally) caused the French and Indian war almost singlehandedly.
    Washington, after his second term of presidency, was asked to remain president for the remainder of his life, or at least for another term. Washington politely declined, insisting that it would be a bad precedent to set.

  3. November 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Wow, is it really $185 per bottle??? A regular bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whisky only costs about $20.

    I would try it, but it I don’t want to risk buying a bottle of subpar whisky. Just because he used to brew, and he’s famous, it doesn’t meant that he’s good at it.

    Samuel Adams was a horrible beer brewer. It’s safe to say that his stuff is worst than Natural Light. But, the guys who named their draft beer company after the founding father in the 1980s are excellent brewers who make some of the best widely available lagers in America.

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