New York — The Distilled Spirits Council encouraged viewers to tune in to an important, new History Channel program highlighting little known aspects of the life of George Washington, including his post-presidency role as one of America’s biggest whiskey distillers. The program, Save Our History: George Washington’s Workshop, premieres Friday, February 13th at 8:00 PM ET/PT, as a lead-in to the President’s Day holiday weekend. The documentary focuses on the George Washington missing from most history books — a renaissance man who was a cutting edge inventor, entrepreneur, farmer and businessman. The program is hosted by Steve Thomas formerly of This Old House and includes commentary from historian Richard Brookhiser. A section of the show includes footage from an October 2003, Distilled Spirits Council event at Mount Vernon featuring America’s greatest master distillers together in period costume, recreating Washington’s rye whiskey recipe using an exact replica of the Smithsonian’s 18th century pot still which is now housed at the archaeology site of Washington’s distillery. The Council is providing over $1 million to Historic Mount Vernon to rebuild the distillery on its original location near the first president’s Virginia mansion. Washington became the region’s most successful distiller after he left public office, producing 11,000 thousand gallons of whiskey and other spirits in 1799, yielding a profit of $7,500 – a fabulous sum for the time. The Distilled Spirits Council will co-host a special media screening of highlights of The History Channel George Washington documentary on Tuesday, February 3, Noon to 2:00 PM, at historic Fraunces Tavern Museum (54 Pearl Street, New York City), best known as the site of Washington’s farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army. In addition to viewing highlights of the program, the lunch event will feature a tasting of rare Mount Vernon-aged and distilled Whiskies and Rums—including Washington’s own Rye Whiskey recipe replicated by America’s greatest master distillers at Mount Vernon. MEDIA RSVP REQUIRED.