Bourbon is as red, white, and blue as apple pie and baseball. George Washington sustained his troops through the winter at Valley Forge with casks of Michter’s bourbon. Every morning, President Truman started his day with a shot of Old Grandad bourbon. There are entire states (including the great state of Kentucky) that wouldn’t exist were it not for bourbon.
We may not always like where the country is going, but when we drink bourbon, we can celebrate how far we have come. It is thanks to bourbon that America is so much “cleaner” than most foreign countries. The Pure Food and Drug act was originally passed in 1906 in part to regulate unscrupulous advertisers and distillers selling phony bourbon. That act led directly to the formation of the Food and Drug Administration and sanitation requirements.
America has always been considered a “melting pot”, and that is definitely reflected in America’s Spirit. The word ‘bourbon’ itself is a French word that pays homage to King Louis XVI, who gave us a hand against the British during the Revolutionary War. The French had long been known to produce Cognac with a barrel aging process that is believed to have been adopted for bourbon production in the United States.
The practice of bourbon making continued to evolve as the Scots-Irish immigrants (who we all know are
notorious drinkers enthusiastic spirits craftsmen) settled in the area. As the Kentucky frontier opened, enterprising immigrants from all over the world set their sights on the Ohio valley. For instance, Louisville’s first licensed distiller, Evan Williams was a Welsh immigrant, and Elijah Craig was born to a Scottish immigrant (mother’s side). Were it not for America’s early culture of openness to enterprising men and women from all over the world, bourbon would not exist.
America has always been a land of diversity, opportunity, and high standards of excellence. When you enjoy a bourbon, you are enjoying the very essence of American culture.