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A Toast to Alcohol Through the Ages

When we think about history, it’s easy to overlook the role that alcohol has played in shaping societies, cultures, and even the course of events. From the Pilgrims landing on Cape Cod to the days of Prohibition and beyond, alcohol has woven itself into the fabric of our history in surprising and intriguing ways. In this post, we’ll raise our glasses to some fascinating alcohol facts that have left an indelible mark on our past.

1. Pilgrims’ Landing on Cape Cod: Running Low on Beer

The Pilgrims’ journey to the New World was far from smooth sailing. In fact, they were faced with a challenge that might seem quite relatable today: running out of beer. Forced to make an unplanned landing on Cape Cod, the Pilgrims found themselves in a predicament. Their beer supplies were dwindling, and in response, one of the first structures they built in Plymouth was not a church or a home, but a brew house. It’s safe to say that beer played an essential role in their daily lives and survival.

2. Taverns: The Original American Courthouses

In the early days of America, taverns weren’t just places to enjoy a drink and socialize; they also served as hubs of community activity. Taverns often doubled as meeting places, makeshift courtrooms, and even centers for political discourse. As a result, these establishments became integral to the development of colonial society, providing a space for public interaction and debate.

3. Harvard’s Brewing Beginnings

Harvard University, renowned for its academic excellence, had humble beginnings intertwined with the world of brewing. The university’s first days saw the establishment of a brewery. This surprising fact reminds us that institutions we now associate with intellectual pursuits often had practical and unexpected origins.

4. Boston Tea Party: More Than a Storm in a Teacup

The Boston Tea Party is a pivotal event in American history, but did you know that it was also quite the boozy affair? The participants, dressed as Native Americans, didn’t just protest against British taxation; they enjoyed a good amount of alcohol while doing so. This act of rebellion was fueled by more than just political fervor—it was a rowdy and spirited demonstration.

5. Prohibition and the White House Parties

Prohibition, the era when the production and sale of alcoholic beverages were banned in the United States, might have curtailed the average citizen’s access to alcohol, but it didn’t put a stop to the revelry at the White House. Despite the ban, social gatherings and parties with alcohol continued within the walls of the presidential residence, highlighting the tension between public policy and private indulgence.

6. George Washington: The Alcohol-Powered President

George Washington’s presidency holds a surprising secret to his success: his generosity with alcohol. He attributed his victory in the presidential election to the strategic distribution of alcohol to voters. This clever tactic showcases the unique ways in which alcohol influenced political strategies even at the highest level of government.

7. Alcohol Consumption in Colonial America

Our drinking habits today might seem moderate compared to the past. In 1790, Americans consumed a staggering thirty-four gallons of beer and cider, five gallons of distilled spirits, and one gallon of wine per person annually. This paints a vivid picture of just how integral alcohol was to daily life during that time.

8. Alcohol: A Safer Choice in Colonial Times

In an era before modern understanding of bacteria and purification methods, colonists believed that water posed health risks due to frequent illnesses. As a result, alcohol was considered a safer choice for hydration, leading to its widespread consumption across all social strata.

9. Rum: The Spirit of Colonial America

Among the array of alcoholic beverages available during colonial times, rum emerged as the most popular choice. Whether enjoyed straight or used as a base for creative cocktails, rum held a significant place in the hearts and glasses of early Americans.

10. Founding Fathers: Crafting More Than a Nation

Our Founding Fathers weren’t just architects of a new nation; they were also skilled distillers. Many of them engaged in the art of distillation, showcasing their multifaceted talents and their penchant for creating more than just political change.

As we raise our own glasses to these intriguing alcohol facts from history, let’s toast to the ways in which alcohol has not only quenched our thirst but also contributed to the rich tapestry of America throughout the ages. From survival to socializing, politics to pleasure, alcohol has left its mark on history in ways that are both unexpected and illuminating.

Why we think everyone should support small batch distilleries like us

When you’re looking for a delicious and unique spirit, there’s no better place to start than with a small batch distillery like us. These smaller operations are often more creative and innovative than their big brand counterparts, and they put a lot of care and attention into their products. As a result, they’re able to produce spirits that are simply more flavorful and interesting.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should support a small batch distillery:

  • Better quality: Small batch distilleries have more control over their process, which means they can create spirits with more complex and nuanced flavors. This is because they’re not limited to using standardized ingredients or production methods.
  • More unique: Small batch distilleries are often more experimental, which means they’re not afraid to try new things. This can lead to some truly unique and interesting spirits that you won’t find anywhere else.
  • More personal: Small batch distilleries are typically more personal and intimate than big brands. This is because they’re often family-owned and operated, and they have a vested interest in creating spirits that their customers will love.
  • Supporting local businesses: When you buy from a small batch distillery, you’re not only supporting a great product, you’re also supporting a local business. This helps to keep your community vibrant and healthy.

Here are some additional benefits of supporting small batch distilleries:

  • You’re helping to preserve traditional distilling methods: Many small batch distilleries use traditional methods that have been passed down for generations. By supporting these distilleries, you’re helping to ensure that these traditional methods are not lost.
  • You’re supporting innovation: Small batch distilleries are often more innovative than big brands. They’re not afraid to experiment with new flavors and ingredients, which can lead to some truly unique and delicious spirits.
  • You’re getting a better value: Small batch spirits are often more expensive than big brand spirits, but they’re also worth it. You’re getting a higher quality product that’s been made with care and attention to detail.

If you’re looking for a delicious and unique spirit that’s also good for your community, then you should definitely support a small batch distillery. You won’t be disappointed. And if you are curious and would like to know some more information please stop by the tasting room for a visit. Our staff expert will guide you through our products and take you on a small batch distillery journey!

Spirits infused whipped cream

One of my favorite ways to personalize a sweet treat is with homemade whipped cream. Whether its my afternoon cup of coffee, or a late night snack this infused whipped cream is my absolute fav!
Today in honor of national Scotch day we made an AP 1815 infused whipped cream, try it out and let me know what you think!

Don’t have a bottle of AP1815…. Don’t worry.

Order online or stop by the tasting room.

The History of Scotch and American Single Malt Whisky

Single malt whisky is a type of whisky that is made from malted barley and distilled in a single pot still. It is typically aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Single malt whisky is most closely associated with Scotland, where it has been produced for centuries. However, there is also a growing movement of American single malt distilleries.

The history of Scotch single malt whisky can be traced back to the 15th century. The first recorded mention of whisky production in Scotland is in the Exchequer Rolls of 1494, which list an entry for “eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor, by order of the King, wherewith to make ‘aqua vitae'”.

Scotch whisky production really took off in the 17th century, and by the 18th century, there were hundreds of distilleries operating in Scotland. The popularity of Scotch whisky continued to grow throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and today, it is one of the most popular spirits in the world.

American single malt whisky is a relatively new category of whisky. The first American single malt whisky was released in the 1990s, and the number of American single malt distilleries has been growing steadily ever since.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the growth of American single malt whisky. One factor is the increasing popularity of Scotch whisky in the United States. As more and more Americans have become familiar with Scotch whisky, they have also begun to appreciate the unique flavor profile of American single malt whisky.

Another factor that has contributed to the growth of American single malt whisky is the increasing number of craft distilleries in the United States. These distilleries are experimenting with different flavors and finishes, which is leading to a wider variety of American single malt whiskies available on the market.

American single malt whisky is an important part of the American whiskey landscape. It is a unique and flavorful spirit that is gaining popularity with whisky lovers all over the world.

The Importance of Scotch and American Single Malt Whisky Today

Scotch and American single malt whiskies are important for a number of reasons. First, they are both delicious spirits that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails. Second, they are both made with high-quality ingredients and are carefully crafted by skilled distillers. Third, they both have a rich history and tradition that is worth preserving.

In addition to their deliciousness and craftsmanship, Scotch and American single malt whiskies are also important because they represent the diversity of the whisky world. Scotch whisky is a classic spirit that has been enjoyed for centuries, while American single malt whisky is a newer category that is still evolving. Both types of whisky offer unique flavor profiles and experiences, and they both play an important role in the world of whisky.

If you are a fan of whisky, then you should definitely try Scotch and American single malt whiskies. They are both delicious, well-made spirits that offer a variety of flavor profiles to enjoy. So next time you are looking for a new whisky to try, be sure to give our AP 1815 American single malt a try. You won’t be disappointed.

The Alluring Saga of Whiskey: A Historical Perspective

To sip whiskey is to take part in a historical voyage that embodies centuries of tradition, innovation, and refinement. Join me as we delve into the mesmerizing history of this cherished spirit.

The Early Beginnings

The exact origin of distillation is unclear, with references traced back to ancient Babylon and Greece around 2000 B.C. But whiskey, as we know it, likely didn’t surface until much later.

The term ‘whiskey’ or ‘whisky’ comes from the Gaelic phrase ‘uisce beatha,’ meaning ‘water of life,’ illustrating its cultural importance. Around the 12th century, Irish monks likely introduced distillation to Ireland and Scotland. These rudimentary spirits were far from what we relish today, but the seeds were sown.

The Middle Ages: Rise of the Aqua Vitae

During the Middle Ages, whiskey was primarily used for medicinal purposes—both as an internal anesthetic and an external antibiotic. Distillation was largely an ecclesiastical endeavor, with monasteries at the heart of production due to their access to ingredients and understanding of the process.

The dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century under King Henry VIII of England had a significant impact on whiskey. Monks, now secular and looking for income, applied their distillation knowledge outside the monasteries, kickstarting the widespread production of whiskey.

Whiskey Across the Pond: The New World

As the Irish and Scottish began emigrating to America in the 18th century, they brought their cherished ‘water of life’ with them. However, the New World’s corn was more abundant than the barley used in Ireland and Scotland, leading to the birth of an American original: bourbon.

The late 18th century saw the Whiskey Rebellion, a violent tax protest in the United States symbolizing the power and importance of this beloved spirit. Around the same time, the invention of the continuous still made mass production possible, cementing whiskey’s place in society.

The Dark Days: Prohibition

The Volstead Act of 1919, leading to Prohibition, signaled dark times for American whiskey. The production, sale, and transport of alcoholic beverages were illegal, with a few exceptions, like the Walgreens pharmacy chain selling ‘medicinal whiskey.’ The ban, however, led to an explosion of illegal speakeasies and the rise of organized crime. Prohibition ended in 1933, but the whiskey industry took decades to recover.

The Modern Era: A Whiskey Renaissance

The late 20th century and the turn of the 21st century have seen a whiskey renaissance. A renewed interest in craft and artisanal products has elevated whiskey to new heights. Japanese whiskey has taken the world by storm, while single malt Scotch has seen a surge in popularity. The whiskey industry is now a globally interconnected phenomenon, continually innovating while respecting its historical roots.

A Toast to Whiskey

The history of whiskey is a testament to human ingenuity and cultural evolution. From monastic infirmaries to the speakeasies of the Roaring Twenties, from the green hills of Ireland to the bustling cities of Japan, every glass of whiskey embodies a piece of this rich and colorful history.

So, next time you pour yourself a measure of whiskey, remember the journey it took over the centuries. Savor its history and evolution.

Here’s a toast to whiskey – the water of life, the spirit of time, the essence of a historical saga!

St. Malachi Rum Cake

As amazing as the holiday season can be, there is also a bit of stress involved. I know in my home we hold on tight to the traditions we had as children, sometimes those traditions could use a bit of an update….. That’s where we come in. Spring House has perfected a way to update your Grandma’s rum cake recipe with our St. Malachi Rum. We’ve simplified it to make everything as painless as possible, while still packed with flavor and of course rum!

St. Malachi Rum Cake:



  • 1 box any brand yellow cake mix
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup St. Malachi Rum
  • sprinkle brown sugar


  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup St. Malachi Rum

Let’s Bake:


  • Preheat oven to 325 F
  • Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar across the bottom of your pan.
  • Mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter into pan over top of your brown sugar. Smooth the top so batter is even. Bake for 1 hour


  • When the cake has about 10 minutes left in the oven, it’s time to make the glaze. Melt butter in a saucepan, then stir in water and sugar. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, then pour in St. Malachi Rum. Stir until blended and reheat for 30 seconds.
  • Remove cake from oven.
  • Drizzle 1/3 of the glaze on the bottom (top) of the cake. Allow drizzle to sit for five minutes.
  • Flip the cake over onto a cake dish. With a toothpick prick the surface of the cake to make small holes throughout the top.Gently drizzle the rest of your St. Malachi Rum glaze all over the top of the cake.  Let cool and enjoy!

Peppermint infused vodka!

Hey there!

This rainy weather has me feeling pretty blah, so I decided to grab my bottle of 17 Hands and have some fun. I ran to the Christmas tree and snagged one of the candy canes and a peppermint infused vodka came to life! This martini is so simple and packs such a festive flavor it is an absolute must!

I really like peppermint so I made sure to pack some peppermint punch into my martini by letting it soak awhile, but the beautiful thing about this infusion is how easily you can tailor it to fit your taste! Pour some of that 17 Hands vodka into your chilled martini glass and drop in a piece of the candy cane. Let it soak (or be impatient like I was and stir that baby) until the pink starts to shine through. My martini was a deep pink by the time I loved the flavor, but even before that it had a gentle peppermint notes.

This is a total winner for holiday parties, and it’s so simple you can make it and forget about it while you do all the other party prep.

Enjoy this festive fun martini, and as always drink responsibly.

Whiskey vs Whisky

This age old debate is about to be put to rest.

You may have noticed that this spirit has two different spellings. Some whisk(e)ys are spelled with that extra letter while others are not…… are you ready to learn the reason why?!

There is a difference between the two. No, not just in spelling but in where they are made. American and Irish distillers will typically spell whiskey with the e while Canada, Scottland, and Japan do not. It has been this way for so long that many believe that it goes all the way back to when the Irish first began making whiskey. They wanted a way to differentiate themselves and added the e, it has since stuck.

There is also a difference in their distillation proess, which may be surprising to hear until you learn what that difference does to the product. Whisky is typically distilled twice, while whiskey is typically distilled three times. The triple distillation is what give that beautiful smoothness. The type of barley that is used differs as well.  whiskey tends to be made from unmalted barley and other grains while whisky usually is made with malted barley and other grains. This difference creates quite a large difference in flavor profiles.

We’ve discussed the basics. How do you remember which is which when you are out and want to try something new? That’s easy…..

The simple rule of thumb is that if there is an “e” in the country there is an “e” in whisk(e)y.

Remember to drink all whisk(e)y responsibly, and if you can drink local!

10 reasons why bourbon is a healthy choice!

Many people are surprised when I tell them there are health benefits to drinking bourbon. As if we needed another reason to drink bourbon, haha but since it’s bourbon season let’s take a look at how it can actually have some health benefits for you!

  • WEIGHT LOSS- yup, you read that right. If you are gonna pour yourself a drink it might as well be bourbon! With the low sugar content, total lack of carbs, and low calorie count it is surprisingly one of the best ways to enjoy alcohol if you dont want to pack on the lbs.
  • HELPS BLOOD SUGAR- A study done at Harvard found that because of the aging proccess of bourbon in wooden barrels, it produces ellagic acid which helps to regulate your insulin levels and the levels of glucose your liver releases.
  • DEMENTIA – A study done in 2003 from the Nation Institute of Health reported that adults that consumed 1-6 glasses of whiskey a week showed a lower risk of dementia.
  • HEART DISEASE – There are many studies that show that drinking whiskey can significantly lower the risk of heart disease.
  • CURE FOR COLDS – Bourbon dilates the blood vessels acting as a great decongestant, while the rest of the ingredients help alleviate cold symptoms.
  • CANCER – In  the same way that bourbon helps to regulate blood sugar it helps to prevent cancer. In fact it has a higher rate of helping to prevent cancer than wine!
  • HANGOVERS – Although we want everyone to drink responsibly it has been proven that people who over indulge in bourbon tend to recover from a hangover more quickly.
  • REDUCES STRESS – Bourbon has been proven to calm down nerves slowing down activity, thus reducing stress.
  • HELPS CHOLESTEROL – Bourbon contains high levels of polyphenols. Which have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol.
  • AIDS IN DIGESTION – Bourbon is an appetite suppressant due to the high alcohol content, however it also helps in digestion post meal and aids to prevent indigestion.

So this bourbon season enjoy a nice glass of Doc Windle on the rocks… Healthy choices just became a lot more fun!

It’s Bourbon Season!!!!

Winter weather came in with fury this year, this 23* morning is not my favorite. However, a warm cider and bourbon sure does sound pretty tasty. The thing I love most about Doc Windle Bourbon is how warm and cozy it makes me at the end of the night. One sip and my belly is warm and toasty… ok ok now I’m in the mood for one! Hold on one second while I make some warm and cozy goodness.

5 minutes later….

I’m back! Now as I sip this wonderful Doc Cider let’s chat about Bourbon in all her glory!

Working with Spring House I’ve had the oppurtunity to learn so many things about the behind the scenes, and fun facts that I never would’ve known had I not been with the distillery. Let’s see if you learn anything new today with this fun fact list!

  • Charred-Oak literally means the barrels are set on fire! There are different levels of char that barrels can have and that is extremely important for how the final product of the bourbon will ultimately taste.
  • The angels get a share. As bourbon ages in the barrel a % is lost due to evaporation. It is called the angels share. The climate you are in will affect the amount of the angel share lost during the aging process.
  • Bourbon does not have to be distiled in Kentucky. It must only be made here in the US.
  • 70% of bourbon drinkers are male, come on ladies!
  • 13% of Americans regularly drink bourbon.
  • Bourbon is the most regulated spirits production process in the world!
  • The color of bourbon is developed during the aging process.
  • Lastly, it’s time to get a glass and enjoy some Doc Windle.

Did you learn something new today? If not do you have your glass of Doc in your hand? No…. well we can fix that. Place your order today 😊

As always drink responsibly, and enjoy!