Andrew Jackson was an interesting character. He was born to Scots-Irish immigrants (most likely landing first in Philadelphia) somewhere between the border of North and South Carolina in 1767. He […]
John Steinbeck and Whiskey
On this day in 1937, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was published. Two years later, he would win the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck was writing […]
Frank Sinatra and Jack Daniel’s
A few days ago, on December 12th, Frank Sinatra (if he were still alive) would have turned 100 years old. Sinatra was an icon. He was a man that broke […]
Al Capone Went to Prison Today…
Did you know that today is the day that Al Capone went to prison? On this day in 1931, Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax […]
The Pope is In Philadelphia!
So the pope’s here in Philadelphia…does he drink whiskey? Apparently, there are no papal dietary restrictions. Seems the pope can drink and eat what he likes. Pope Benedict XVI was […]
Thomas Jefferson may have a whiskey named after him, but maybe not for the reasons you think… When the Jefferson’s brand of whiskey was launched in 1997, the brand said […]
Poor Old Crow…When Will You Get Your Due?
Poor Old Crow…when will you get your due? Old Crow bourbon long ago fell to the bottom shelf. It uses the same mash bill and yeast as Jim Beam, but […]
William McKinley’s Political Cocktail
Today was the day President McKinley was shot… What does this have to do with whiskey, you ask? William McKinley had a cocktail named after him while he was running […]
Larceny is the new Old Fitzgerald?
The Larceny brand of bourbon by Heaven Hill is a nod to the legend of John Fitzgerald… Max Shapiro’s daughter, Kate Shapiro Latts, is the business savvy designer of the […]
The Priest’s Tipple
Did you know that Redbreast 12 year old is sometimes called “the priest’s tipple”? 1920’s Ireland was a time of political turmoil and economic uncertainty. Money was tight and money […]