January, 1630 : On September 7, 1630, Puritan Colonists from England officially founded the City of Boston. They loved beer and spirits - according to Bradford's History of the Plymouth Plantation, an excited man named Thomas Morton of the City of New London, "drank both wine and strong waters in great excess... 10 pounds worth in the morning." There was a "prevailing attitude toward strong drink."
Source: Crowgey, H. (2013) Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskey Making. University Press of Kentucky.