The Prohibition Grinch Who Slightly Changed Christmas

The Prohibition Grinch Who Slightly Changed Christmas

The combined might of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays have long had a reputation for being the season of partying hard and getting your drink on. At one point in England, the good and virtuous were expected to stay home during Christmas Eve because the streets were filled with people drunk out of their gourds getting a little bit of that Christmas spirit.

Distilling in the Past

Distilling in the Past

It’s easy to get caught up in the romanticism of the “good ole' days." In the liquor industry, we actively try and do as much as we can the same way it was done a century or two ago, at least when it comes to the actual craft of making the product. Sure, some labor-saving machines increase production scale. And, don't forget the backend lifesavers like accounting software that keep you compliant with the man. But, we still use oak barrels and rackhouses instead of plastic vats and a glorified lab.

The Best Medicine

The Best Medicine

It’s hard to make it through a day without seeing an ad for prescription medicine. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old schooler still watching broadcast TV and reading magazines, or a cord cutter hoping the “skip ad” option comes up in the middle of a boner pill commercial. From cancer, restless leg syndrome, depression, to diabetes, there is a pill for everything it seems.

A Lesson in Whiskey

A Lesson in Whiskey

Whiskey is not some singular thing. It's about as generic of a term as car or soda. I'm sure that most everyone reading knows this, but let’s be realistic. Not everyone working in the distillery industry is a hard liquor scholar. There are more than a few partnerships where the one who knows the booze side of things handles making the hooch, and the one with the business sense makes sure it gets sold. There are also accountants, IT people, and office managers who help to make sure we can get our drink on who don't know all the technicalities of the various forms whiskey can take.

Backwoods Rebels and Outlaws and the Birth of Racing

Backwoods Rebels and Outlaws and the Birth of Racing

If horse racing is the sport of kings, NASCAR is the sport of rebels and outlaws. It reflects a big difference in the attitudes and history of these sports. Horse racing, as we know it, grew out of war. Kings and emperors would send their best knights and warriors to face off in tournaments, like all the jousting you see in the movies. It was done as a display of wealth and authority. They wanted to let the little people know just how much power and authority their rulers had.

Women Bootleggers

Women Bootleggers

Women are often overlooked, in every professional field imaginable, and moonshining is no different. The first thing people think of when talking about moonshine stills are old men in the hills, with gray beards halfway down to their feet. And unlike your local mini-mart, shirt and shoes are optional.

Distilling the Past

Distilling the Past

There is no escaping the impact moonshine and distillers have had on the world and pop culture. NASCAR was born from moonshiners’ modding their cars to smuggle the booze and outrun the cops. The Dukes of Hazard was rooted in this legacy. (Bonus points if you knew the show was based off the 1975 movie Moonrunners, which was inspired by true events.)