U.S. Marshal destroying liquor before a crowd of interested citizens at the dump in Rouses Point, N.Y. From the book Rum Across the Border: The Prohibition Era in Northern New York, Allan S. Everest, 1978.
Happy National Bootleggers Day! Not that we want to celebrate an illegal occupation… The real significance of January 17th is that 100 years ago today, Prohibition began. The consumption of beverage alcohol was forbidden across the United States – no more “giggle water!” What a way to start a new decade! As a result, the 1920s saw the rise of the Speakeasies, organized crime and tainted spirits that were often deadly to consume. History has not been kind to Prohibition, and it is largely considered to be a failed social experiment.
Now, we find ourselves in a new ‘20s era, the 2020s. Craft distilleries, cideries and breweries are flourishing throughout the country. Consumers today have increasingly more choices when it comes to selecting spirits, beer and cider to enjoy. There is also an incredible amount of creativity generated from this surge in production, with new and exciting products continually released. MFDC is proud to have been the first craft distillery in Clinton County and be a part of this exciting movement. What a difference one hundred years makes.
Co-founder of Murray's Fools Distilling Co. | Altona. NY