Distillers toast George Washington Distillery’s 10th anniversary

It’s been 10 years since the George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon reopened—and, arguably, since the rye-naissance started to accelerate. To mark the milestone, distillers from across the country gathered at the restored eighteenth-century production facility to craft a limited edition 10th anniversary rye whiskey.

“In 10 years, rye whiskey’s sales have gone up 900 percent,” Kraig Naasz, president and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council, said at a media event at the distillery last week. “Growth of rye has benefited America’s farmers; producing distilled spirits is the very essence of value-added agriculture.”

The event featured top American whiskey distillers, including: Fred Noe, Jim Beam (Kentucky); Elizabeth McCall, Woodford Reserve (Kentucky); Wes and Kyle Henderson, Angel’s Envy (Kentucky); Bruce Russell, Wild Turkey (Kentucky); Ted Huber, Starlight Distillery (Indiana); Brett Carlile, Woodinville (Washington State); Becky Harris, Catoctin Creek (Virginia); Matt Hofmann, Westland Distillery (Washington State); Gordon Working, MGP (Indiana); Ewan Morgan, Diageo; Dave Pickerell, Hillrock/WhistlePig (New York/Vermont); and Steve Bashore, George Washington’s Distillery (Virginia).

Pickerell recalled a Distilled Spirits Council event about 16 years ago when the distillery reconstruction project was first announced.

“I really believe that that was the turning point when rye started its march back to prominence,” Pickerell said.

About Jeff Cioletti

I’m Jeff Cioletti and The Drinkable Globe marries my two greatest passions: fine drink and travel. The search for the former usually drives the latter. I'm the author of The Drinkable Globe, Beer FAQ and The Year of Drinking Adventurously. I'm the former editor-in-chief of Beverage World magazine and a regular contributor to publications such as SevenFifty Daily, Beverage Media, Artisan Spirit, Draft Magazine, FSR, All About Beer Magazine and BevNet. I’ve been interviewed on beverage-related topics for CNN, Fox Business News, CNBC, Beer Sessions Radio, Canada's ROB TV, NPR, BBC World, BBC Radio, The Associated Press, The New York Post, Financial Times, Investors Business Daily, Advertising Age, WCBS-TV and several other media outlets. Beyond the journalism gig, I’m also a filmmaker; I wrote, produced and co-directed the feature film, “Beerituality,” a comedy set in the world of craft beer. The film is available on at http://www.storenvy.com/products/510365-beerituality-dvd and can be streamed and downloaded at amazon.com

Posted on November 1, 2017, in news, rye, Uncategorized, whiskey, whisky/whiskey and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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