The American Spirit: Bourbon's Frontier Roots

“Do what you can with what you have where you are.”  These words, spoken by Theodore Roosevelt, succinctly sum up one of the most important attributes of humanity: perseverance.  While Roosevelt was definitively not referring to the creation of alcohol, history has shown that at least some of humanity’s persevering spirit extends in that direction as well.  This was true in the late 18th century when frontier settlements in Kentucky were founded by Scotch-Irish immigrants.  Drawn by cheap land and the opportunity to make better lives for themselves, many settled in a place called Bourbon County, west of the Allegheny mountains.

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