Why Is Kentucky Home To So Many Distilleries?

Why Is Kentucky Home To So Many Distilleries?

We all know that there are lots of distilleries in Kentucky. Why Kentucky? There are many reasons for Kentucky maintaining its hold on whiskey production in the United States during and after Prohibition (we’ll discuss that another time…), but it had to all start somehow… Before Kentucky became a state in 1792, the country was changing and growing and settlers were making their homes in the Virginia Colony. Folks like Daniel Boone were making their way through the Cumberland Gap and moving west. Part of the interest in seeking out land in Virginia were the land grants offered to soldiers after the Revolutionary War. In 1779, the Virginia Land Office was established and official awards of “bounty lands” were awarded for specified Revolutionary...

Jefferson’s Whiskey?

Jefferson’s Whiskey?

Thomas Jefferson may have a whiskey named after him, but maybe not for the reasons you think… When the Jefferson’s brand of whiskey was launched in 1997, the brand said that Trey Zoeller chose the name Jefferson’s “because the bourbon was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s curiosity, experimental spirit and good taste.” When Reid Mitenbuler (author of Bourbon Empire) asked Zoeller admitted, “I had no marketing budget. I simply wanted a recognizable face associated with history and tradition.” Even if the whiskey wasn’t thoughtfully named after Jefferson, the history of his association with and his connection to whiskey is interesting… After the Revolutionary War, the country (the government) needed revenue to pull itself out of...