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  1. #1
    Bourbonian of the Year 2004 and Guru
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Nelson County, Kentucky

    Whiskey for Ike

    Act 2

    December 1944,

    Whiskey Given to "Ike" Made in Nelson County

    Seventeen junkenting Congressmen in the European theater of war presented General Dwight D. Eisenhower with a bottle of Kentucky bourbon whiskey, bearing a special label with a picture of General Eisenhower and the inscription;

    "This 8-year old Kentucky bourbon whiskey presented to General Eisenhower by Chairman May, House Committee on Military Affairs".

    The whiskey, which the general immediately sent to a nearby field hospital for wounded men, was distilled and bottled by the Old Heaven Hill Springs Distilling Company of Bardstown, Nelson County.

    Need I mention that the Master Distiller was my great-grandfather Joseph L. Beam.

    I have lots and lots and lots of records and artifacts about the early days of bourbon in Kentucky.....I will post them here from time to time......

    Bettye Jo

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Pelham, AL

    Re: Whiskey for Ike

    Yes, bourbon is a real part of real history. Real men such as Ike drank it and thought enough of it to share it with his troops.

    I know you are proud of your family. You have every right to be.

    Oh, I wish Americans could regain control of this American industry.




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