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In 1834, more than a thousand militiamen arrived at the tavern and decided it was time for a drink. The popular way to drink whiskey at the time was in a punch, so they threw some whiskey, tea, sugar, and lemon juice in a barrel and put it in the nearby spring to keep it cool. Bourbon Spring was born that day, and its story survives on the label of its namesake bottle. In December 2014, Quincy Street again honored their local history with Laughton Brothers Straight Bourbon. Looking to produce something more than unaged and young spirits, Mancini looked to the future with this bourbon. While he needed to fill smaller barrels to generate early revenue, he also filled 53-gallon barrels with the high-corn bourbon and waited. Once it was ready and bottled, it was the first straight bourbon released in Illinois since the days of Hiram Walker.

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Artisan Spirit: Spring 2016  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Spring 2016  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.