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July 16, 2022

July 16, 2022

Pennsylvania Military Museum

Taste of Taxation: The Whiskey Rebellion

Saturday, July 16
12:30-4:30pm

The Pennsylvania Military Museum is partnering with Big Spring Spirits of Bellefonte, PA for a special event on Saturday, July 16 from 12:30PM to 4:00PM at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

"Taste of Taxation: The Whiskey Rebellion" will commemorate the historic event that took place in Western Pennsylvania. The event will feature presentations by historians from the Military Museum, and the Berks History Center, a signature cocktail, and a whiskey tasting!

A protest of the taxation of distilled spirts, with the goal of raising revenue to pay down the war-debt from the Revolutionary War, resulted in the calling-up of troops to suppress a violent uprising. Join historian Mr. Bradley Smith, Archivist and Assistant Director at the Berks History Center in Reading, PA, for a talk about the history of distilled spirits in the Commonwealth at 1:00pm, followed by a spirit tasting session hosted by Big Spring Spirits, and close out the afternoon with a lecture presented by Museum Educator, Ms. Emily Doherty, on the military operation that transpired in Western Pennsylvania at 3:00 p.m. Each lecture is 45mins, tasting session is one hour. Both lectures are free, as is the tasting session.

Upon arrival guests can enjoy a “Welcome Cocktail” provided free of charge, by Big Spring Spirits of Bellefonte, PA.

Rye Old Fashioned… a Rye aged six years, Orange, Lemon, Cherry, and Sugar.

Between the lectures, Big Spring Spirits will host a spirit tasting session for event attendees featuring (6yr) Rye, Wheat, Corn, and American (bourbon) whiskies. This will be an educational experience unlike any other - tasting each grain separately, and then finally, blended in the bourbon style (American Whiskey). All and more will be available for purchase.

A commemorative, specially labeled bottle of Rye Whiskey will be available for purchase to benefit the Friends of Pennsylvania Military Museum - additional details will be forthcoming, check back soon!

Pre-registration to attend the event is required for each individual attendee, registration is free. Registrants will be emailed a ticket ahead of event. Event attendance is limited to 60 participants.

Registration is required (but free), and attendance is limited to 60 people, visit the events-page of our website to learn more.

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