The “Colonel”

The “Colonel”

Did you know that the title of “Colonel” that belongs to E.H.Taylor and Albert Blanton (both famous names in the bourbon world and historic figures connected to modern day Buffalo Trace) are honorific titles given by the Commonwealth of Kentucky? They are not military titles, but the highest titles of honor in the state bestowed by the governor to noteworthy citizens.

Dram Devotees are in the Paper Today

Dram Devotees of Bucks County are in the paper today…check it out! http://www.courierpostonline.com/…/whiskey-finds-…/30785103/ Whiskey finds a devoted following in SJ Whiskey trend to take hold in South Jersey...

Raymond Chandler’s Birthday

Raymond Chandler’s Birthday

Raymond Chandler, the American novelist and screenwriter, was born today in 1888. Chandler’s own lifestyle probably inspired the noir archetype of the hard-drinkin’ detective as much as his books did. The most famous story goes that when he found himself unable to complete the screenplay for The Blue Dahlia, he went on a week-long bender, fully supported by the movie studio. He consumed nothing but bourbon for a week as he pounded out the ending of the script, and the film producers hired a doctor to inject him with vitamins twice a day, as well as a number of secretaries to be at the ready to assist with dictation, typing, and other emergencies, should the need arise. Though he was, by no means, a responsible drinker, he had some great thoughts on...

Number of Distilleries in the U.S.

Before Prohibition, there were more than 10,000 distilleries in the United States. Just over twenty years ago, there were 4. In 2003, that number grew to about 70. In 2012, there were about 250 at the craft scale. Now it’s more like 650 licensed distillers and growing. Some say too much of America’s whiskey production is in the hands of amateurs. I say no artist becomes a master without practice and honing their skills. (Thankfully, for painters, you don’t need a license to buy a brush…)

The Fries Rebellion

The Fries Rebellion

Did you know that The Red Lion Inn (Quakertown,Pa) was a meeting place for John Fries during the run up to the Fries Rebellion? John Fries (a length of rt 663 near Trumbauersviile,Pa is named after him) fought as a commander under George Washington to suppress the Whiskey rebellion in 1794 and then five years later led the fight against the federal government to end the Direct House tax of 1798. Quite the rebel…And I love that his dog’s name was WHISKEY! Have a scotch at McCoole’s and toast those rebellious Pennsylvania Dutch!