Booze, big business and our founding fathers

A conversation with historian Reid Mitenbuler

Forget the debate over Alexander Hamilton’s spot on the ten-dollar bill. The founding father’s image may be better suited on a bottle of bourbon.
After all says Reid Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey, a true understanding of our nation’s history requires a lesson in whiskey history.
“When you look at bourbon,”says Mitenbuler, “you have this story aside from just the product that really is the story of America. And, a little more specifically, it’s the story of American business,”
On the latest DecodeDC podcast, guest host Todd Zwillich and Mitenbuler discuss a battle between two founding fathers—Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson—and it went on to influence both American bourbon and business.
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