Honorary Members

We honor these pioneers whose involvement has changed the history of alcohol in the United States.

Franklin was very fond of alcohol. He published The Drinker's Dictionary is a list of 228 "round-about phrases" to describe drunkenness. It was published January 6, 1737 in the Pennsylvania Gazette.
Founded the United States Marine Corps at the Tun Tavern in 1775.
Adams began every day with a draft of hard cider before breakfast. He drank three glasses of Madeira, a wine fortified with rum, every night before bed.
As president, Thomas Jefferson imported more than 20,000 bottles of wine for his personal collection.
After a night of drinking at the Green Dragon Tavern, Sam Adams led the Sons of Liberty to Boston Harbor. The ship they ransacked contained rum, which they first drank before throwing the King’s tea overboard.
Opened one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the country at Mount Vernon that produced 11,000 gallons in 1799.
John Hancock smuggled booze into the colonies to avoid British taxes. In 1768, British customs seized Hancock’s ship in Boston Harbor, accusing him of smuggling about 100,000 gallons of wine and Madeira.
In 1775, Paul Revere rode out of Boston at midnight to warn that the British were coming. He spread the word by stopping at many different taverns.
The Jack Daniel Distillery is the very first registered distillery within the US in 1866.
In 1829, DG Yuengling started the oldest operating brewing company in America, established.
In 1984, James "Jim" Koch founded The Boston Beer Company, producers of Samuel Adams.
Took over the Bavarian Brewery Company in 1853 and renamed it Eberhard Anheuser and Company.
Purchased the Anchor Brewing Company in 1965. Known as the Father of the Craft Beer Movement.
In 1978, Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Company which introduce the California hops to the beer world.
In 1995 in Denver, Colorado Keith creates Blue Moon a Belgian-Style Wheat Ale when he adds an orange peel to the brew.
In 1988, John opened Goose Island Beer Co. after being inspired by the flavorful craft beers of London.
In 1879, Anheuser-Busch Brewery was formed. Adolphus was credited for bringing refrigeration to the beer industry.
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