May 4th: Bourbon Independence Day!

Everyone knows that May 4th is synonymous with “Star Wars Day.” This is the day the entire planet celebrates ‘Star Wars’ with gleeful greetings of “May the 4th be with you!” So let me be, if not the first then surely not the last, to provide my respectful offering to you all, “May the 4th be with you!”

As renown as this day has become for ‘Star Wars’ fans worldwide, it also happens to be just as celebrated for those who love bourbon. That’s right, that delicious brown water made right here in the U. S. of A. You see, on May 4th 1964, Congress passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 19, which designated bourbon whiskey as a distinctive product of the United States.

Ok, that’s awesome but what does that mean? It means bourbon, from that date forward, has been legally protected by law and can’t be produced in any other country! Other foreign distillers may copy bourbon recipes but they can never call it “bourbon.” Bourbon is strictly an American product…much like our beloved Star Wars!

‘Merica baby!

So my advice to you, on such a momentous day, would be to pour yourself a bourbon, whether neat, on the rocks, with water or ginger ale and turn on your favorite episode of Star Wars. Sip and enjoy!

As for me, the Bourboneer, I will be drinking a dram of Wilderness Trail Bourbon (KSBW) and watching Episode V, “The Empire Strikes Back!”

“May the 4th be with you!”

– The Bourboneer

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