Kaine Expected to Sign Mount Vernon Whiskey Measure

From today's Metro section:

A spokesman for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said yesterday that the governor is expected to sign into law a measure that would allow the Mount Vernon estate to sell small amounts of George Washington's own brand of rye whiskey.

The estate will sell whiskey from the first president's rebuilt distillery, which is scheduled to open to the public next month.

Mount Vernon historians have said that after serving two terms as president, Washington was the nation's largest producer of whiskey in 1799, producing 11,000 gallons a year in a state-of-the-art distillery.

Archaeologists found the remains of the distillery in 1997, and it has been rebuilt with funding from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.

The distillery will reopen next month with a museum and will serve as part of the American Whiskey Trail, which runs through distilling sites in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee.

-- Associated Press

By Focus on Fairfax |  February 21, 2007; 10:07 AM ET  | Category:  Government , History , Museums, Culture
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