Few people know that Kentucky’s bourbon legacy actually got its start in Maryland.
“If you look at the phone book in Marion County, Kentucky, it looks a lot like the phone book here in St. Mary’s County,” said Scott Sanders, one of the founders of Tobacco Barn Distillery in Hollywood, Md. “A lot of the names are the same.,”
During the Revolutionary War, Sanders said, many Catholic families in Southern Maryland migrated to Kentucky, taking many traditions, including distilling, with them.
Hoping to revive the craft, Sanders and his partners, Dan Dawson and Sean Coogan opened Tobacco Barn Distillery, located on Dawson’s farm, which has been in his family for generations.
The three friends bonded over a passion for good whiskey.