From the earliest colonial days, distilled liquors were a part of America. Visitors to the colonies observed that colonials had developed an unusually high tolerance for alcohol. So, when the British blockaded the ports during the Revolution and the rum trade was disrupted, an opportunity was presented for the Scots-Irish to have an influence on drinking habits— and American drinking habits were never the same. In his presentation, Mr. Ryan will highlight the Whiskey Rebellion, which, while little understood today, presented a serious crisis for the early Republic.
Local spirit producers will provide samples of their wares for a tasting after the presentation.
A Q&A and reception with light refreshments and the tasting will follow the presentation. Seating is limited, so please call or email your reservation.
A lifelong public relations counselor, Phil Ryan is a 26-year resident of Stone Ridge. From 1985 to 1991 he served as chair of the New York City Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, a part-time position. Since 2006 he has been an adjunct professor at The City College of New York. From 2003 to 2008 he served as President of the Ulster County Historical Society.
Seating is limited so please call or email your reservation.