Whiskey’s Birthplace Takes Back its Title
Sparks flew along the western frontier in the late 1790s. Hundreds of farmer distillers in present day Pittsburgh challenged a whiskey tax, the first tax in American history and brainchild of Alexander Hamilton. The Whiskey Rebellion honored the frontier spirit of the region and meant to keep safe the tradition of American rye whiskey that was making this region famous.
Rye whiskey and other mid-Atlantic spirits survived the Whiskey Rebellion, but would decline with Prohibition, 1920-1933. In fact, by the end of the Prohibition the whiskey industry had consolidated and the secret to distilling the distinctive style of Monongahela, Pennsylvania and Maryland ryes the region was known for had lost its place in history.
More than 200 years after the Whiskey Rebellion and long after Prohibition, the mid-Atlantic is ready to regain its rightful place in the history of American libations. Explore these distilleries and museums along the Whiskey Rebellion Trail and enjoy spirits that are at the forefront of craft distilling.