The first commercial whiskey distillery was opened by Evan Williams in 1783, in what would eventually become the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A few years later, in 1788, Jacob Bean settle in Bourbon County, Kentucky and began distilling whiskey. From 1791 to 1794, the Whiskey Rebellion prompted yankee distillers to move south to Kentucky to continue their business.

Fast forward to 1888, when Paul Jones Jr. trademarked Four Roses Bourbon. During Prohibition, from 1920-1933, Four Roses was one of the six bourbon distillers allowed to continue to produce, for “medicinal purposes only.” Throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, Four Roses was America’s top-selling bourbon, but by the 1960s, it was no longer sold in the US. However, in 2002, Four Roses came to be sold once again in the US. To learn more about the history of bourbon whiskey, check out the infographic below, presented by Four Roses Bourbon.

Four Roses


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