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Edible Manhattan – Prohibition Distillery’s Bootlegger21 Vodka, Is Anything But Boring
March 2, 2013
For those who decry, “Vodka has no personality! Meh!” the good folks at Prohibition Distillery beg to differ, and have the proof (80%) in their pretty, retro-botanical, stamped glass bottle.
But while that might make for an attractive visual, there’s a bit more going on here behind the still scenes. Pull the cork and sniff – it’s not grainy or even so-called neutral on the nose, as the vodka eye-rolling set would expect; it is… floral. And sweet-smelling. Spring vodka? At this time of year, you might think such notions are merely the power of wishful seasonal thinking, but it’s more than that. Bootlegger is made from corn, in part sourced from New York.
“We use 100% corn. We considered wheat and potato, but liked the flavor profile of corn in bourbons and [other] whiskeys,” says Brian Facquet, who co-owns Prohibition with his partner in-name-only crime, John FK Walsh. When you sip it, it’s super plush and mouth-filling. If a vodka can be called full-bodied, then this is certainly of that ilk. Perhaps it has more in common in that sense with unaged white whiskey (e.g., white dog) than the clean, linear characteristics for which vodka is more well-known (although certainly not pinned to, as is being demonstrated here and with other craft producers around the country). The sweetness from the aroma is captured on your tongue, too, making it lovely to sip all on its own, a few ice cubes tossed in for some spirited chilly dilution. Which, apparently, is exactly what the Mayor and his guests did this week at Gracie Mansion, where he served Bootlegger during a dinner for 200. Read Full Story
Prohibition Distillery to move to Roscoe NY!
May 10, 2012
Prohibition Distillery, creators of the award winning Bootlegger21 vodka, have found a new home. We will be hanging our fedora in an old 1929 (prohibition era) firehouse located in Roscoe, NY on 10 Union Street. Roscoe is known as Trout Town, USA for its epic fly fishing and legendary streams. Also, many of you will know it for the Famous Roscoe Diner, which has proudly served travelers on Rt 17 for years. We fell in love with the Fire House,the town and the residents while visiting Roscoe in search of our new production facility in March and felt it was a perfect fit. We have started to make the necessary renovations and we will be ready to make spirits by the April 2013! We will also have a tasting room open for all to come and sample from the source!
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What was the 21st Amendment?
May 1, 2012
The 21st Amendment to the Constitution reversed the 18th Amendment, which had made alcoholic beverages illegal. The 21st Amendment was unique in that it remains the only amendment ratified by the convention method rather than the state legislatures. Besides being the only amendment to repeal another amendment, it also granted the states the right to govern alcohol laws individually.
Where Does the Term “Bootlegger” Come From?
February 14, 2012
The word first appeared in the 1850s in Maine and of course it refers to smuggling liquor. But this seemed odd because Prohibition didn’t start until almost 70 years later. That is, except in Maine, the first dry state, where it became illegal to manufacture or consume liquor in 1851. Because Maine shares a border with Canada, the law was easily flouted. Ordinary folks wanting to smuggle liquor into the country could hide a couple bottles in their pants legs in Canada and walk into the United States.
Horizon Beverages to distribute Bootlegger 21 NY Vodka in Massachusetts & Rhode Island
February 9, 2012
Horizon is the largest distributor of spirits, wine and beer in New England.
They distribute the world’s top spirit, wine and malt brands. Their portfolio includes a full range of products from exclusive super-premium items, to popularly priced mass-market goods. They draw upon their 75 years of experience in sales, marketing and service to help their customers be more successful beverage retailers. Their staff of sales people, managers, administrators and delivery personnel are recognized as some of the best in the market.
We look forward to building a long and prosperous relationship.
Bootlegger 21 named the “Bad Boy” in the class of 2011 Most Likely to Succeed Brands!
December 6, 2011
The Tasting Panel Magazine published the list of standout brands from the Class of 2011. It was nice to see that we were mentioned several times during the year as a top small batch brand, but this takes the cake! The two guys from NY have somehow managed to be the guys “Most Likely To Break The Rules”…While we are boy scouts, we consider this an honor, since we are trying to Transform the category. Drink American! Buy Bootlegger 21!
Bootlegger 21 Vodka Sponsors Prestigious Art Miami fair
November 30, 2011
Honored to be asked for the second straight year,we flew down to Florida for Art Miami, one of the most prestigious Contemporary Art Shows in the world. We were honored to be selected as a sponsor for the opening night VIP gala to benefit the Lotus House Women’s Shelter. Over 8,000 attendees enjoyed Bootlegger 21 and some of the best art works in the world! The show was a tremendous success! Thank you to our friends at Art Miami.
Bootlegger 21 stands out at the Dizzy Fizz Holiday Bazzar
November 22, 2011
On Saturday, November 16th Bootlegger 21 was honored to participate in the Dizzy Fizz holiday cocktail event. While we were busy shaking the wonderful ”Flapper” cocktail created by our friend, Fredo Ceraso of Loungerati, the crowd was served Bootlegger 21 New York Vodka on the rocks. In a room full of incredible mixologists, celebrity cocktail personalities and wonderful whiskeys, rums and other dark liquors, we simply wanted our clear spirit to be tasted. Thanks to Francine for helping me hold down the bar , the Dizzy Fizz for welcoming us and Socially Superlative for the kind words!
Empire Merchants North to Distribute Bootlegger 21 NY Vodka in New York State
August 1, 2011
Empire Merchants North LLC is a member of The Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG), one of the nation’s leading distributors of fine wines, spirits, beer, and other beverages. A group of privately held companies, CSG operates local distributor and/or brokerage houses in 15 markets: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York (Metro and Upstate), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Together, these companies employ more than 7,000 associates who bring to market some of the most valuable and well-known consumer brands in the world. CSG is a family-owned business that proudly serves as the critical link between wine and spirit suppliers, and the retail outlets where alcoholic beverage brands are legally and responsibly sold and enjoyed.
The vision of Empire Merchants North is to be the distributor of choice for our suppliers, customers, associates, industry, and community.