Sunday, September 5, 2010

Virginia Lightning story

When Whiskey Was the King of Drink : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site

Chuck Miller, a Virginia farmer, gave up grapes for corn about twenty years ago...

Miller says he’s following in his grandfather’s Prohibition-era footsteps, but whiskey making in Virginia goes back farther than that. It began about 1620, when colonist George Thorpe figured out he could distill a mash of Indian corn. “Wee have found a waie to make soe good drink of Indian corne I have divers times refused to drinke good stronge English beare and chose to drinke that,” he wrote to his cousin in England, John Smith of Nibley.

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