George Benz, born in Osthofen, Germany in
1838, immigrated to the United States at age 15
and moved from Chicago to Minnesota three
years later. By 1865, he became a liquor
In 1878, he expanded into the distilling
business to ensure a guaranteed supply of
exceptional whisky for his blending and
bottling business. He opened many distilleries
in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana. He brought his
�ive sons into the business, who carried it on until the advent of
prohibition, when it was sold.
Benz had truly realized the American Dream, coming to this
country with little more than the clothing on his back, he grew his
business to be one of the largest liquor operations in the country.
During that time, he gave back to his beloved country through
public service and private philanthropy.
We celebrate his life’s work
with the introduction of
Geo. Benz & Sons, Classic
American Bourbon Whiskey,
which is distilled, matured
and bottled in his home
state of Minnesota.
Sip, Savor and Toast to a true American Legend and the American