Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking by Henry G. Crowgey

By Henry G. Crowgey

Bourbon whiskey might be Kentucky's so much precise product. regardless of bourbon's prominence within the social and financial lifetime of the Bluegrass country, many myths and legends encompass its origins. In Kentucky Bourbon, Henry C. Crowgey claims that distilled spirits and pioneer cost went hand in hand; Isaac Shelby, the state's first governor, used to be between Kentucky's pioneer distillers. Crowgey lines the drink's background from its beginnings as a cottage to steam-based advertisement operations within the interval earlier than the Civil struggle. From "spirited" camp conferences, to bourbon's use as a medium of alternate for items and providers, to the industry's coming of age within the mid-nineteenth century, the tale of Kentucky bourbon is an engaging bankruptcy within the state's early history.

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June 18, 1791. , March 29, 1794; April15, May 6, 1797; August 6, 1802. , Early Western Travels, 1748-1846 (Cleveland, 1904--1907), 4:197.

Thus Botetourt County, in the year of its creation (1770) established tavern rates for West India rum, continental rum, French brandy, peach brandy, apple brandy, and whiskey. 46 With the creation of Fincastle County in 1772, court-assigned rates for ordinary keepers covered "continant Rum," West India rum, peach or apple brandy, and whiskey-the latter rated only two-thirds as high as the other items of domestic manufacture and half as high as the Caribbean product. 47 In the newly organized county of Washington (December 1776), a court convened on January 29, 1777, at Black's Fort (Abingdon) .

Colonel Landon Carter's privately kept journal of the House of Burgesses refers to a case of this kind in 17 52, and the legal sidestepping that ensued. "Notwithstanding of Dewy's Son-in-Law giving the Liquor that was brought to the Election . . 7715 70 John C. , 19311941), 2:241-42 n. 71 William C. Rives, History of the Life and Times of James Madison (Boston, 1868-1873), 1: 179. 72 Irving Brant, James Madison (Indianapolis, 1941-1961), 1:306; Rives, James Madison, 1:180. 73 Brant, James Madison, 1:306.

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