Washington, D.C. – Historic Mount Vernon and the Distilled Spirits Council will unveil the first replica still slated for the George Washington Distillery Restoration Project at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, media reception, Friday, September 19, 3:30 p.m., at the Jim Beam Distillery, Clermont, Kentucky. The 30-gallon copper pot still, painstakingly crafted by the Vendome Copper and Brass Works Company, is virtually an exact replica of a late 18th century French still in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. That still was confiscated by the U.S. Treasury Department in the 1940s, where it was found operating in the then-backwoods of Fairfax County, Virginia and could have belonged to George Washington. The nation’s first president became a highly successful distiller after he left public office, producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey, yielding him a profit of $7,500 – a fabulous sum for the time. The Distilled Spirits Council is supporting the $1 million-plus restoration of the distillery near George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia home. Master Distillers Will Use Still at Mount Vernon October 21st A star-studded cast of Master Distillers will gather at the site of George Washington’s Mount Vernon distillery on October 21st to produce an historically authentic American Whiskey in the replica pot still unveiled at the Bourbon Festival. The vintage 2003 product, which will be aged in multiple two-gallon new oak barrels, will eventually be bottled and auctioned to support Mount Vernon’s education mission. The distilling committee includes the following Master Distillers: Dave Backus (George Dickel and IW Harper); Jerry Dalton (Jim Beam); Joseph Dangler (Virginia Gentleman); James Graf (McCormick Distilling); Chris Morris (Woodford Reserve); Gary Nelthropp (Cruzan); David Pickerell (Maker’s Mark); and Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey). Others serving on the committee are: Ken Pierce (Very Old Barton) and Willie Ramos (Bacardi). For more information on the still unveiling at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival or the collaboration of the nation’s top distillers’ creation of George Washington Whiskey at Mount Vernon on October 21, 2003, please contact the following: Frank Coleman, Distilled Spirits Council 202.682.8840 Shawn Starbuck Kelley, Distilled Spirits Council 718.638.4345 Pam Gover, Kentucky Bourbon Festival 502.348.4877 Stephanie Moritz, Jim Beam Brands, Co. 847.948.8888 ext. 2629