George Washington Distillery in Mount Vernon Hosts Special Distillation Project
For the very first time, agricultural experts from around the world gathered here at the George Washington Distillery and led a large-scale production of rye whiskey using ancient grains.
For the very first time, agricultural experts from around the world gathered here at the George Washington Distillery and led a large-scale production of rye whiskey using ancient grains. This was done using historic distillation methods.
Chief Distiller Steve Bashore said the distillery usually offers plenty of educational tours, but is currently in production mode.
“When we make whiskey every day, we make mash – which cooks the grains – to ferment them, and then we run five wood stills like they did in the 1790s here to create rye whiskey.” , did he declare.
Mount Vernon is also celebrating the 250th anniversary of the flour mill, located right next to the distillery.
“The mill next door grinds the grain, so it’s a really interesting site as we have the two buildings that were here in the 18th century,” Bashore said. “It’s as true to 18th century distillation as you can see it anywhere.”
Bashore explained why the history of the still is essential, saying that “it was an important story of the entrepreneur Washington.”
The original distillery burned down in 1814 and was rebuilt after Mount Vernon was able to raise the necessary funds to finance the construction.
“It’s very specific to what Washington had. Everything you see inside is based on archeology, ”Bashore said.
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