20th Century

2017

 Empire Rye category unveiled

, 2017 : In October 2017, seven New York State distilleries unveiled a new whiskey style/category unique to the state called "Empire Rye." To qualify as Empire Rye, the whiskeys must be made from at least 75% New York State-grown rye, be distilled at a single New York State distillery, be at least two years old and be aged at the barrel entry proof of 115 or lower
Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rye_whiskey
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 Sagamore Spirit Distillery Opens in Baltimore

, 2017 : Sagamore Spirit was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in April 2017 with a mission to inspire a global passion for Maryland Rye Whiskey,
Source: Sagamore Spirit

2015

 Maryland Distillers Guild Founded

, 2015 : The distillers of Maryland joined together to form the Maryland Distillers Guild to promote and protect the industry's rich heritage.
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2006

 Angel’s Envy Established

, 2006 : Angel's Envy was founded by Lincoln Henderson and his son, Wes, in 2006. Bacardi Ltd. acquired the brand in 2015, and a year and a half later, opened the new distillery in downtown Louisville.
Source: http://whiskyadvocate.com/angels-envy-building-distillery/

1954

 Makers Mark Distillery Established

, 1954 : T. William "Bill" Samuels Sr., purchased the "Burks' Distillery" in Loretto, Kentucky, for $35,000 on October 1, 1953. Production began in 1954, and the first run was bottled in 1958.
Source: https://www.makersmark.com/family

1935

 Heaven Hill Established

, 1935 : Shortly after Prohibition ended Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to produce and market Bourbon and premium American Whiskys. Today, the company is the largest independent, family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier in the country.
Source: https://www.heavenhill.com/history.php

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