“First Ya’ Swaller……Then Ya’ Holler….”

Warren Bobrow brought this article to my attention recently. It’s a good bit of knowledge, and I learned a little myself seeing as how I’ve had a couple of arguments over the true history and place of origin of some of our favorite spirits. Here’s the introduction, click below to read the entire article.

“We got in a fight over Tennessee…” – Johnny Cash

Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey & Rye
Born in the USA Whiskies

Among the first settlers who brought their whiskey making traditions to the US were the Scotch-Irish of Western

Pennsylvania. Although whiskey was produced throughout the colonies (George Washington was among the

noted whiskey producers of the time), these settlers of Pennsylvania are where bourbon’s roots began. To help

finance the revolution, the Continental Congress put a tax on whiskey production. So incensed were the settlers of

Western Pennsylvania that they refused to pay. To restore order in the ensuing “Whiskey Rebellion” of 1791,

Washington was forced to send the army to quell the uprising. To avoid further troubles with the tough and

stubborn Scotch-Irish settlers, Washington made a settlement with them, giving incentives for those who would

move to Kentucky. The significance of this is that while the earliest whiskies were made primarily from rye, this

was about to change with their move and “Bourbon” would be born.

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3 Responses to “First Ya’ Swaller……Then Ya’ Holler….”

  1. Ethan says:

    Hey, the whole Tom Waits glitter and doom record is up to stream on pitchfork. Thought you would appreciate it as much as I do.

    http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13725-glitter-and-doom-live/

  2. drinkinanddronin says:

    You’re the MAN. I saw a poster for it walking down the street. Actually listening to Big Time right now…I’ll definitiely check it out. Thanks again!

  3. Ethan says:

    Hey, I have a code for a digital copy of the record, it came with the vinyl. Shoot me an email if you want it. (ethan.jayne@mac.com)

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