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America's Oldest Distillery

Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania was once home to America's Oldest Distillery.

The distillery was originally known as Shenk's when a Swiss Mennonite farmer began distilling rye whiskey at the site in 1753. According to Pennsylvania legend, when the Continental Army spent the harsh winter of 1777-78 encamped at Valley Forge it was Shenk's Whiskey that General George Washington sought to invigorate the troops.

In the mid-1800s, Pennsylvania Dutchman Abraham Bomberger purchased the distillery from the Shenk family and the distillery became known as Bomberger's.

During the 1950s, one of the distillery's then-owners created the modern Michter’s brand by combining the names of his two sons – Michael and Peter. The distillery closed its doors in 1989 after declaring bankruptcy in the midst of a severely depressed whiskey market.

In 2012, a husband and wife (Erik and Avianna Wolfe) teamed up with Dick Stoll, the former master distiller at the Bomberger Distillery, who was tra…

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