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National Craft Distillery Day
I thought this day's celebration was one that many forum members could enjoy. A little history :
spirit distillation has a long and influential history going back to the Greeks. Some scholars have traced the earliest recorded wine distilling recipes back to Anaxilaus of Thessaly. Despite this, Rome expelled him for practicing magic in 28 B.C. The Greeks took this idea and learned if they boiled wine in an open container, the hot alcohol vapor escaped first. Next, they captured the alcohol vapor.
When the slowly heated wine was in a vessel with a small mouth covered by a bowl, the alcohol collected as a condensed vapor inside the bowl. The Greeks discovered with the addition of a downward-slanted tube the vapor cooled and collected in a receiving vessel. Thus, the word “distill” comes from the Latin verb destillare, meaning “to drip down.”
Years of invention and discovery led to the spirits we drink today. Much like the boom of craft breweries in the 90s, today’s small craft distilleries bring an artisan crafted spirit alternative to the products of large commercial distilleries. From gin and whiskey to bourbon, rum, and ****, craft distillers infuse unique qualities into their products with locally sourced ingredients. Focusing on their craft and bringing subtle character to their final spirit, distilleries set themselves apart from the competition. And the competition grows!
And we are the beneficiaries of this competition. Today is a day to support your local craft distiller.