In 1799, George Washington’s distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it the largest whiskey distillery in America at the time. Today, a faithfully reconstructed working distillery produces small batch spirits on site and is open to visitors.
Visit Washington’s Distillery
Washington’s Distillery operated five copper pot stills for 12 months a year. The average distillery used one or two stills and distilled for one month. In 1799, Washington’s Distillery produced almost 11,000 gallons of whiskey, valued at $7,500 (approximately $120,000 today). The average Virginia distillery produced about 650 gallons of whiskey per year which was valued at about $460.
Whiskey was the most common beverage produced by the distillery.
Mount Vernon sells small batches of George Washington’s whiskey, made at the distillery, each year
The most common beverage produced at Washington’s distillery was a whiskey made from 60% rye, 35% corn and 5% malted barley. This rye was distilled twice and sold as common whiskey. Smaller amounts were distilled up to four times, making them more expensive. Some whiskey was rectified (filtered to remove impurities) or flavored with cinnamon or persimmons.
Prior to the American Revolution, rum was the distilled beverage of choice. But after the war, whiskey quickly grew to displace rum as America’s favorite distilled beverage. Come see the working distillery at Mount Vernon. You can visit this recreation where we continue to make his whiskey today.
Open to the public from April through October.
Tickets are included with general admission To George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate or at the distillery site.
Mount Vernon was the plantation house of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121
The Distillery is at: 5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309