By Dr. Dennis J Pogue. ISBN 978-0-9835565-0-3. Copyright 2011. Hardcover with 292 pages including index and 21 black and white photographs and illustrations.
Founding Spirits received the 2012 Independent Publisher Silver Award for the Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Non-Fiction.
Dr. Pogue’ s detailed portrayal of the origins of the American whiskey industry includes George Washington’s role as the entrepreneurial owner of one the largest whiskey distilleries in 18th century America.
After a decade of archaeological excavation, research, planning, construction, and re-creation of Washington’s distillery on the original site, the distillery opened to the public in 2007. A visit to the distillery is an opportunity to examine George Washington’s role as a whiskey producer as well as the long history of distilling in America.