We honor these pioneers whose involvement has changed the history of alcohol in the United States.
Benjamin FranklinFranklin 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.
Samuel NicholasFounded the United States Marine Corps at the Tun Tavern in 1775.
John AdamsAdams 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.
Thomas JeffersonAs president, Thomas Jefferson imported more than 20,000 bottles of wine for his personal collection.
Samuel AdamsAfter 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.
George WashingtonOpened one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the country at Mount Vernon that produced 11,000 gallons in 1799.
John HancockJohn 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.
Paul RevereIn 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.
Jack DanielsThe Jack Daniel Distillery is the very first registered distillery within the US in 1866.
David G. YuenglingIn 1829, DG Yuengling started the oldest operating brewing company in America, established.
Jim KochIn 1984, James "Jim" Koch founded The Boston Beer Company, producers of Samuel Adams.
Eberheard AnheuserTook over the Bavarian Brewery Company in 1853 and renamed it Eberhard Anheuser and Company.
Fritz MaytagPurchased the Anchor Brewing Company in 1965. Known as the Father of the Craft Beer Movement.
Ken GrossmanIn 1978, Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Company which introduce the California hops to the beer world.
Keith VillaIn 1995 in Denver, Colorado Keith creates Blue Moon a Belgian-Style Wheat Ale when he adds an orange peel to the brew.
John HallIn 1988, John opened Goose Island Beer Co. after being inspired by the flavorful craft beers of London.
Adolphus BuschIn 1879, Anheuser-Busch Brewery was formed. Adolphus was credited for bringing refrigeration to the beer industry.