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Taste of Taxation: The Whiskey Rebellion

July 16, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

*This program will be held at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Avenue, Boalsburg, PA,16827

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.

For more information, or to register, visit the program webpage.


July 16, 2022
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Pennsylvania Military Museum
51 Boal Avenue
Boalsburg, 16827 United States
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