AMBRU News & History Blog
Distilling in North America started as early as the first settlers arrived. It soon became a key industry in North America.
We summarize important legislations to protect American distilling knowledge, American historical distilling claims and how American distilling products can be protected in international markets in the future.
AMBRU Protecting Our Heritage
Georgia has played a historically significant role in the spirits industry, and connecting Atlanta’s business hub with local craft distilling experience and Georgia’s local agritourism with vineyards and orchards all over the State means to secure and create local jobs in Georgia and the United States of America.
The Birthright of American Rum
The distilling industry of American Rum became early colonial New England’s largest and most prosperous industry. For a period of time, American Rum joined gold as an accepted currency. The Molasses Act of 1733 and the following Sugar Act 1764 underline the historic importance of this commodity that paved the way for American Independence.
Commercial Distilling North America
The first commercial distilleries in North America were established as early as settlers were sent to the New World, and outrun the first legal Scottish distillery by more than 50 years, whereas distilling for private needs (non commercial) can be proved as early as first settlers arrived in 1620.
Products with geographical indication (GI) origin in a specific geographical area and possess qualities or a reputation that is connected to the place of origin. There has been a global trend to protect products geographically, not only to protect the product itself thus also to keep its production in a certain geographical area.
2021 Indiana Rye Whiskey
Jeff McCabe’s (Co-Founder of Hard Truth Distillery) idea to protect Indiana Rye Whiskey was sponsored by Indiana State Rep. Chris May who worked with several Indiana distillers to help create a legal definition for Indiana rye whiskey.
2019 Missouri Bourbon
In 2019 Don Gosen’s (Copper Mule Distillery) suggestion for a bill was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Porter of Montgomery City. It was signed by Gov. Mike Parson including modifications and suggestions provided by the Missouri Craft Distillers Guild.
2013 Tennessee Whiskey
Tennessee governor Bill Haslam signed House Bill 1084 protecting Tennessee Whiskey in the State of Tennessee in 2013. Tennessee Whiskey is protected under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and US European Drink agreement since 1994.
1964 Bourbon Whiskey
Representative John C. Watts of Kentucky made history introducing H. Con. Res. 57 to the 88th Congress on January 24, 1963. Resolution 57 offered for the first time in history trade protection against foreign competitors, not only for the State of Kentucky but all United States of America.
The AMBRU Campaign Sheds Light on the Historical Value of American Brandy and Rum and How Georgia Can Lead the Way in Reshaping its History
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