Tag Archives: Prohibition

Prescription Whiskey

Prohibition began in 1920 with the ratification of the 18th Amendment and the related Volstead Act. These new laws banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of intoxicating beverages. Keep in mind that up to this point alcohol had been a widely used, readily available and relatively cheap remedy for thousands of years. Practitioners and doctors in […]

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Caretaker Drinks $102,400 in Whiskey

Mansion’s caretaker charged with drinking 52 bottles of antique whiskey valued at $102,400 GREENSBURG, Pa. –   $102,400 of well-aged whiskey disappeared down his throat, police say, and now they want a Pennsylvania man to cough up some cash. John Saunders, former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area estate, faces criminal prosecution for allegedly drinking 52 […]

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Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Release – White Rabbit

If the White Knight is talking backwards, you’re probably drinking White Rabbit. A new Jack Daniel’s design pays homage to Mr Daniel’s history. Named after the Lynchburg  saloon owned by Jack Daniel, the White Rabbit was naturally one of the first places to ever sell Jack Daniel’s whiskey before Prohibition forced it to close. This […]

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Century-Old Whiskey Stash Found

Aged Whiskey Found Under Attic Floorboards In order to save money while renovating his St. Joseph, Mo., home, Bryan Fite began prying up floor boards on the rafters in his attic. While attempting to save a little cash, he found a treasure: over a dozen bottles of century-old whiskey. What first appeared to Fite as […]

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The Best Way to Drink a Manhattan is… by the Bottle.

10,000 BC: Cavemen begin fermenting grains. Mind-blowing cave parties soon follow. 14th century: Whiskey invented. Parties continue. 1933: Utah proudly casts the 36th and deciding vote to end Prohibition. America’s long national nightmare of constitutionally mandated sobriety ends. 2011: Utah comes through again. The 36th Vote is a stiff cocktail in a bottle that’s barrel-aged […]

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The Last Real Moonshiner

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton (October 5, 1946 – March 16, 2009) An American Appalachian moonshiner originally from Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Sutton was given the nickname of “Popcorn” Sutton after damaging a bar’s faulty popcorn vending machine with a pool cue. Sutton’s career in bootlegging – and getting caught for it – extended back to the 1970s. In 1999, Sutton published Me […]

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Jameson 5-Star Back From The Grave.

A hidden cache of Irish Whiskey is unearthed. This case of Jameson was discovered in the 1990’s after being hidden underground at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado since about 1919. The bottles were in their original wooden case wrapped with straw and paper, bearing the name of the US importer. Some of the whiskey had evaporated over […]

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Jack Daniels Comes Clean

Jack Daniel’s makes label change. Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, sugar maple charcoal-mellowed and all, is toning it down. Makers of the pride of Lynchburg, Tennessee will cut some of the unnecessary text on the famous black and white label. Among the changes: Lynchburg (Pop. 361) TENN. U.S.A. A confession: Jack Daniel’s real name was […]

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Tennessee Moonshine in a Mason Jar

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine When Tennessee state law recently changed to allow the distillation of spirits, one family saw an opportunity to showcase the art of superior mountain-made moonshine. The Ole Smoky Distillery is the product of the hard work and experience of  a Tennessee family that has made moonshine in the mountains for the […]

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Mail-Order Moonshine

“Good Whiskey, 40 Cents Per Quart” Check out this vintage flyer from The Casper Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Twenty quarts of “Mountain Dew” Moonshine for $12, plus a $4 rebate if ordered before Christmas. I remember as a young boy, hemming and hawing over the purchase of Sea Monkey eggs in the back of […]

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