Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 27


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 14, 2004 on The History Channel
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From water and mash...still...vat...barrel and bottle--the distilling of alcoholic spirits is a big business and near-sacred religion. Its acolytes eye the color, swirl the glass, inhale the bouquet, sip, then ponder their ambrosia. What's your pleasure? Bourbon, Scotch, Rum, Gin, Vodka, or Tequila? We trace the history of distilling from the one-man/one-still tradition to the Voldstead Act of 1920 that devastated American distilleries to the mega-sales and high-volume distillery of today.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • An average-sized agave piña will yield about nine bottles of 100% agave tequila.

      • For hundreds of years, acceptable alcohol content, or proof, was measured when whiskey and gunpowder were mixed and ignited. If the gunpowder flashed, the alcohol content was "proved."

      • For a whiskey to be called straight bourbon, some of the requirements are that it be made in the U.S., contain at least 51 percent corn, and be aged for at least two years in charred, new oak barrels.

      • In the final year of his life, George Washington used his five pot stills to produce 11,000 gallons of whiskey.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Before it meets the bottle it's born with water and grain, then lives in a barrel. The distilling of alcoholic spirits is big business and a near sacred religion. Bourbon, Scotch, Rum, Gin, Vodka or Tequila, what's your pleasure? Now, Distilleries, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Paul Pacult
        Editor, Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal

        David Wondrich
        Author, Esquire Drinks

        Dale DeGroff
        Author, The Craft of the Cocktail

        Fritz Maytag
        Brewmaster, Anchor Brewing Company

        David Pickerell
        Master Distiller, Maker's Mark

        Frederick Booker Noe III
        Great-grandson of Jim Beam

        Jerry O. Dalton
        Master Distller, Jim Beam Brands Co.

        William Bergius
        Single Malt Historian, Allied Domecq

        Robin Shields
        Distillery Manager, Laphroaig

        Willie McCallum
        Distillery Manager, Tormore Distillery

        Thomas Lee
        Brewer, Glendronach Distillery

        Riannon Walsh
        C.E.O., Cloonaughill CelticMalts, Inc.

        Julio Bernejo
        General Manager, Tommy's Tequila

        Eduardo Vallado
        Director of Operations, Tequila Sauza

        Servando Calderon
        Head of Sauza Agricultural Program

        Desmond Payne
        Distillery Manager, Beefeater Gin

        Sean Connery (archival footage)

        Keith Greggor
        Chief Marketing Officer, Skyy Vodka

        Agnieszka Kuta
        Quality Control Mgr., Belvedere

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Jim Hense
        Producer: Jim Hense
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Danielle Parsons
        Editor: Lou Laprocido
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Judy Gordon
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: Paul Lacques
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: John Bonner
        Camera: Mike Kelly
        Camera: Mac Kenny
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Jeff McMichael
        Field Audio: Collin Berwick
        Field Audio: Danny McCullough
        Field Audio: Dino Quaglietta
        Field Audio: Paul Wustrack
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Historical Consultant: David Wondrich

        Special Thanks:
        Ali Kasikci
        American Institute of Chemical Engineers
        Evins Communications, Ltd.
        Mathew Evins
        Francisco Quijano
        Manuela Savona
        The Peninsula Beverly Hills
        Riannon Walsh

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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