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George Washington’s Rye Whiskey Distillery gets spirited birthday party

It’s been 10 years since George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon re-opened and to mark the occasion, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Sunday officially naming George Washington’s Rye Whiskey the Commonwealth’s official spirit.

Not a bad tenth birthday present (or 220th birthday, depending on how you look at it).

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs bill officially designated George Washington’s Rye Whiskey the official spirit of the Commonwealth.

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Templeton heads back to Templeton

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Got this press release today from the good folks at Templeton Rye. This is a true vote of confidence in the longevity of the rye-naissance. I’m loving the re-establishment of the rye distilling tradition, not just in Templeton, Iowa, but also in what was once one of the great rye-producing capitals of the U.S.: Maryland. Later this month Sagamore Spirit Distillery is hosting the grand opening of its Baltimore facility….

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George Washington Rye Whiskey named Virginia’s official spirit

Who says the government can’t get anything meaningful accomplished?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law this week SB1261, which designates George Washington Rye Whiskey—produced at the restored late-eighteenth-century-style George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon—as the Commonwealth’s official “state spirit.” Virginia State Senator Adam P Ebbin of Alexandria (my current stomping ground!) sponsored the bill.

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The Drinkable Week: Tales of the Cocktail Part 2

As promised, here’s the conclusion of my report from Tales of the Cocktail 2016 in New Orleans. This week we feature Cedar Ridge Distillery, jenever from Rutte Distillery and some throw-backy goodness from Beam Suntory.

The Drinkable Week: Back in Vegas (yet again)

Yep, back in Vegas yet again for the latest showcase of new spirits. This time it’s the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s (WSWA) 73rd convention and expo. Baijiu, poitin (Irish moonshine) a couple of hemp spirits and a hops-infused gin are among the new products that make the cut.

Drinkable Image: Hawaii Sea Spirits, Maui

When you’re on an island with an abundance of sugar cane, what’s the best thing to do with it all? Distill it! Hawaii Sea Spirits is surrounded by acres and acres of the stuff, which it uses to produce Ocean Organic Vodka and Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, both made with deep ocean mineral water. IMG_5725