A Baptist preacher in Kentucky invented Bourbon Whiskey

Independent Baptist “Apostle” Elijah Craig did his preaching in a tobacco barn before the American Revolution without a license from Virginia’s established Anglican church – and preached from behind the bars when he was jailed by the authorities. He was reputed to be an excellent preacher and very popular.

He later moved to Kentucky and opened the state’s first paper mill – and he also started a distillery that converted the settlers’ excess corn crop into a unique type of whiskey that came to be known as “Bourbon” (either because it was made near Bourbon county, KY or because it was exported down the river to New Orleans for sale).

Some have doubted, but the historical record confirms that this Baptist preacher was the originator of Kentucky’s Bourbon business:

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FYI – common alcoholic drinks fermented or distilled from various plant products:

BASE

FERMENTED

DISTILLED

Grapes 

Wine 

Brandy (Cognac)

Barley 

Beer 

Whisky (Scotch; Irish)

Wheat 

Hefeweizen 

Vodka (also from potatoes)

(infused to make herbal liqueurs Gin, Schnapps, Kahlua, etc.)

Rye

Roggenbier (kvass)

Rye-whiskey (Canadian)

Corn 

‘Corn beer’ 

Bourbon (American Whiskey; moonshine)

Sugarcane

Basi/Cachaça 

Rum

Apples

Cider

Apple-brandy (Calvados/Applejack)

Cherries

Cherry-wine

Kirsch 

Rice 

Sake 

Shochu

Honey

Mead

Mead-brandy/Honey-jack

Palm syrup

Palm wine 

Arrack

Sorghum 

Sorghum beer

Báijiǔ 

Cactus 

pulque

Mezcal (Tequila)

Brandy and Whiskey are aged for several years in charred oak barrels (sometimes previously used to hold wine) in order to change harsh acids into flavourful ester compounds.

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REMEMBER:

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,” Deuteronomy 14:26

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” Philippians 4:4-5

Distillation explained here by the owner of “Lost Spirits Distillery”  who used hi-tech methodologies to discover a method of ageing whiskeys very rapidly simply by exposure to sunlight and elevated temperatures (150-170 degrees F):



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