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The Wamego Whiskey Syndicate hosted Whiskey and War Stories before a packed house at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego last night.

The event featured former Green Beret Capt. Mark Nutsch telling the story “Horse Soldiers” an American military unit that was among the first in Afghanistan following the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Nutsch says the “Horse Soldiers,” which were known for riding horses in combat, were tasked with forming an alliance of local militias to oppose the Taliban.

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Nutsch also talked about American Freedom Distillery, which is a company known for its Horse Soldier Bourbon that was formed by members of the “Horse Soldier” unit in the years after their deployment in Afghanistan.

Audience members were given samples of Horse Soldier Bourbon before, during and after the presentation.

Nutsch says the Horse Soldier Bourbon bottle has a direct connection to the Sept. 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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A piece of metal from the World Trade Center was on display in the Columbian Theatre lobby following the presentation.

The story of the “Horse Soldiers” was recently depicted in the 2018 major motion 12 Strong, in which actor Chris Hemsworth plays the role of Nutsch.

Nutsch will be at the Spirits of 76 in Wamego today from 10 am to 1 pm and at the Fridge in Manhattan tomorrow from 1 to 3 pm for bottle signings.

For more information about Horse Soldier Bourbon, visit

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