A Name Worth Remembering: Elijah Craig

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering

-Theodore Roosevelt-

Elijah Craig is a name worth remembering. Craig was a Baptist preacher in Virginia and Kentucky (or the part of Virginia that later became the state of Kentucky) and as such, he worked with James Madison on establishing freedom of religion in the state constitution after the Revolutionary War and subsequently in the First Amendment of the Federal Constitution. (Craig himself was put in jail more than once for preaching without a license and disturbing the peace.)

Elijah Craig is also often referred to as the inventor of one of our favorite drinks here at TTAF, bourbon, when he stored his wares in barrels that had been charred in a fire. And while I’m well aware of the fact that there is likely no single inventor of bourbon, and that the attribution of the invention to Elijah Craig is nothing more than popular lore, I can’t help but love the idea that the same man who helped guarantee our country’s religious freedoms is the same man who brings me bourbon (and consequently, the old-fashioned, the mint julep, the Manhattan, and bourbon and Ale-8 (we’ll get to that)).

Here’s to Elijah Craig, a name worth remembering.

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One Comment on “A Name Worth Remembering: Elijah Craig”

  1. shawn
    July 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Fantastic. He makes a fine bourbon.

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