Liberty Poles, Excise Tax and Rebellion: Part Two | Five Minutes in Food History | Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania News

Liberty Poles, Excise Tax and Rebellion: Part Two | Five Minutes in Food History | Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania News

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  • Photo courtesy of Jes Stockhausen
  • The tasting room at Mingo Creek Craft Distillers

As Americans began to move west after the Revolutionary War, Pittsburgh became a last outpost of civilization before travelers boarded boats on the Ohio River. Distillers produced whiskey to trade with the newcomers in exchange for staples. However, when the young government’s debts to the French came due, these distillers were where it looked for tax money. The result was rebellion.

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