American Whiskey Convention Discount!

American Whiskey Convention Discount!

We will be represented at the American Whiskey Convention this year.  The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation is offering all Dram Devotees members a $15 discount on tickets for our participation.  You can just use VIPDram as the promocode when you go to purchase tickets.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Pennsylvania and Its Whiskey Rebellion

Pennsylvania and Its Whiskey Rebellion

With the American Whiskey Convention coming to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s whiskey history has been on the brain.  Our most famous Pennsylvanian claim to historic infamy is the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. After the Revolutionary War, the newly formed United States were in a great deal of debt.  Alexander Hamilton estimated that debt to be around $54 million.  Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury during George Washington’s presidency and he proposed the taxation of alcohol to pay off the country’s looming debt.  The tax called for 11 cents per gallon of spirits.  (To think that that amount of money could pay off that huge debt in a few years just goes to show how much Americans were drinking at the time.)  In 1791, Washington and his new government began to...

Whiskey and Technology

Whiskey and Technology

Has technology in whiskey production taken anything away from American whiskey? So much of the growth of whiskey production in this country has been wrapped up in innovation and technology.  Whiskey production, early in our nation’s history, was limited by how much your local distiller could make in his/her still.  A distiller was limited by how far they could move product.  Roads weren’t great, and rivers only flowed one way.  Once steam boats were invented in the late 1700’s and started being commonly used to navigate rivers in the 1800’s, whiskey had a new way to get to customers.  River traffic created a need for canal systems.  The 1820’s brought the locomotive and the Industrial Revolution.  The 1830’s saw the invention of the Coffey still and now bulk...

John Steinbeck and Whiskey

John Steinbeck and Whiskey

On this day in 1937,  John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was published.  Two years later, he would win the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath.  Steinbeck was writing Of Mice and Men in the 30’s after Prohibition and before WWI.  The book emphasizes dreams and loneliness in the characters and gives modern readers a snapshot of the American desire for something better. George is trying to make a better life for himself and Lennie.  They work as migrant field workers with a dream of having their own homestead.  The American condition was tough as the Great Depression hit the country.  There’s a scene in the book where Candy describes the Boss’s son, Curley, as not a bad guy because he gave the workers a gallon of whiskey for Christmas.  Anyone who’s read the book...

American Whiskey Convention

American Whiskey Convention

I’m so excited to be a part of the American Whiskey Convention in Philadelphia.  The Dram Devotees of Bucks County will have a booth at the event and we will enjoy every minute of it! The event is designed to celebrate American whiskeys in all stages of production and beyond.  It starts with the farmers and the maltsters.  There will be grain farmers present to explain the importance of sustainable grain agriculture and farming practices within the state.  Pennsylvania actually boasts a malting house with a honest to goodness malting floor!  Deer Creek Malthouse is in Glen Mills, Pa and they are sticklers for grain quality, buying only the healthiest local grains.  They will be there at their own booth amongst local distillers that use their products....