Learn about the distilling process and taste batches of George Washington Rye Whiskey, which are still based on the founding father's original recipes!

Along with remembering George Washington, Mount Vernon recognizes another popular subject: whiskey! On November 9, Mount Vernon is holding its George Washington Whiskey Festival! Visitors can learn about the distilled beverage's rich history while sampling from dozens of distilleries, including the monument's own brand. If American history and drinking whiskey appeal to you, you've come to the right place!

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 6–9 p.m.
WHERE: George Washington's Mount Vernon | 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway | Mount Vernon, VA
TICKETS: General Admission $85 | VIP Experience $225

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The VIP Experience is something special, and with only 125 tickets available, it's likely to go fast. Held at the property's Distillery & Gristmill, guests will get an inside look into the production process of George Washington Rye Whiskey. Taste a selection of their spirits (including an aged variety )and allow noted whiskey enthusiast Bill Thomas of D.C.'s Jack Rose Dining Saloon to shed insight on the craft of distilling. Guests can also enjoy traditional treats baked by Justin Cherry. All of this takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., so think of it like a warm-up before the main event!

For General Admission, ticket-holders will gather at the Ford Orientation Center for a soiree of whiskey sampling. Enjoy selections from George Washington Rye Whiskey and a dozen regional distilleries while learning about the methods that go into making them. There will also be a panel featuring experts in distilling, who will share their knowledge of the craft. It's like a classroom meets happy hour! 

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Here are a few things to know:

  • This event is 21+
  • Participating distilleries include Copper Fox Distillery, Widow Jane Distilling Company, Ragged Branch, and of course George Washington's Mount Vernon. You can find the full list on the event's page.
  • If you're a designated driver, non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for your enjoyment.

**All photos courtesy of George Washington's Mount Vernon

Will you be snagging tickets to the George Washington Whiskey Festival? What are you excited to try? Tell us in the comments!