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“Not you average tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill
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Owner description: After nearly a 200-year hiatus and a multi-million dollar reconstruction, George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill is back in business - producing grain products powered by a 16-foot waterwheel and the same rye whiskey that made the Founding Father the nation's most successful whiskey producer in the years after his presidency. Located at the original site, George Washington's Gristmill highlights his vision for America's future as "granary of the world;" while his Distillery is the only site in North America that demonstrates 18th-century distilling from seed to barrel.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Not you average tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

I have been on many historic tours as its something that interests me. This one is a little different. You get to so see an actually 1700s working mill and let me know tell you its impressive even in todays new technology. You also get so see a working distillery and its amazing to see how labor intensive it was back in then. This is a cheap and great tour. Make sure you go out of your way to see this if you like George, booze, historically accurate sites and working old technology. In other words if you are a red blooded American male you will probably enjoy this.

Visited August 2014
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Scott D, Public Relations Assistant at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thanks so much for visiting George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill. You're right - the tour of the site is incredibly informative and unique. So glad you enjoyed it!
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“A pint of George's whiskey goes for well over $100”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

My wife and I took the Mount Vernon tour. Unfortunately it rained really hard the day we were there. We were able to see George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, which was interesting. There is a 15-minute tour ($5) of the Distillery & Gristmill that we were unable to take as we ran out of time. In it's day this distillery & gristmill was the largest whiskey distillery in America. A pint of George's whiskey goes for well over $100 at Mount Vernon's gift shop.

Visited August 2014
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Scott D, Public Relations Assistant at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed yourself despite the rain. Come back and take the tour if you can!
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Gilbert
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“A Very Worthwhile Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

George Washington's Gristmill and Distillery tour was excellent. It was extremely informative to learn the reasons why George Washington decided to change his interests from tobacco farming to that grain. It is also significant to learn how George Washington was persuaded to go along with the distillery especially because he was not interested in the production of whiskey. It was a very informative tour with four tour guides who really knew the history of the gristmill and the distillery.

Visited July 2014
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Scott D, Public Relations Assistant at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Thanks so much for the visit and review. Glad that you were able to visit, and even more glad that you enjoyed yourself and learned something along the way. Please come back and see us again!
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“Amazing Set Up!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Very nice set up and very informative! Who knew they made their own whiskey here! the grist mill is beautiful too!

Visited February 2014
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Scott D, Public Relations Manager at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Thank you for the review! So glad you were able to discover our Distillery & Gristmill. Glad you stopped by!
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Tempe
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“Pretty buildings, excellent tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

After visiting Mount Vernon, we stopped by to check it out. Thankfully, we got out of our car (in the rain) and took the tour - it was so, so worth it.

The people who work here have an intimate knowledge which they share in abundance regarding the function of the buildings and how George Washington benefitted from them.

These are functional buildings - you watch as the water wheel turns the gears (and all that technical stuff) to grind kernels of corn into grain of various sizes. It's quite overwhelming to realize that this was designed in Washington's time.

The distillery was a bit more closed in feeling but we had an excellent guide who explained the entire process to us. It's not like just pointing at unused equipment, the devices in the building are still in use so it's more 'live' than just going into a museum.

Visited June 2014
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Scott D, Public Relations Assistant at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Thanks so much for the visit and review. So glad you stopped by for a tour!
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