THE Finale: Baltimore
Conflict Comes and Goes But Whiskey Stays Forever
There’s a buzz about Baltimore that goes beyond the booze scene. A 290-year-old port city that’s home to the Star-Spangled Banner and America’s First Railroad, Baltimore now boasts over 100 hip and historic neighbors, award-winning restaurants, and innovative distillery experiences. Maryland was the only state not to ratify the Prohibition amendment, making Baltimore the epicenter of undercover whiskey distillation. So, meet the makers, crack some crabs, and enjoy waterfront cocktails at the Inner Harbor or Port Covington. It’s a place where old meets new and passion meets innovation. Charm City awaits you!
When you cross into Western Maryland you’ll be awed by the splendor of seasonal colors. Boating, skiing and outdoor activities abound with thrill-seekers finding fun amid the white water rapids of the Wisp and hikers finding their peace amid the quiet and lush forests of the Eastern Continental Divide. Located less than an hour from Washington D.C., Baltimore and the historic site of Gettysburg, the city of Frederick, Maryland is a must-see oasis that showcases its delicious flavors in orchards, wineries and breweries that add to its beauty and charm. A main street community set against the mountains and the Appalachian Trail, it’s one of many Maryland destinations that boast postcard-worthy views and snapshots from history that will take your breath away.
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The Region’s Distilleries and Attractions
About the Baltimore Region
George Washington’s role in American whiskey didn’t end when the last protestors were pardoned after the Whiskey Rebellion. In fact, Washington began commercially distilling his own spirits in 1797 at Mount Vernon in one of the largest distilleries in the country at the time. Operating under his own tax, Washington paid the federal government $332 thousand or million? over the course of 1798.
Whiskey was far from safe, though. Prohibition had long-term effects on distilling in the Mid-Atlantic, causing most distilleries to shut their doors and the famous rye whiskey to disappear from shelves. Lucky for us, craft distilleries in the nation’s capital and the heart of Maryland Rye in and around Baltimore offer their own unique take on the rebellious spirit of the Whiskey Rebellion region. You can even step back in time at Mount Vernon and take a sip of Washington’s whiskey. History comes full circle.