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Welcome to the Whistling Andy blog, while we are craft distillers by trade, we are passionate about many things. Here you will find stories about things near and dear to us. Such as great cocktails, food, nature, history, and made in USA goods! Enjoy!

What Is a Controlled State? — Why and How 17 States Control The Amount And Price of Alcohol Retail Sales

What Is a Controlled State? — Why and How 17 States Control The Amount And Price of Alcohol Retai...

Every state has laws regulating the sale of alcohol, both in retail stores and establishments that sell alcohol for on-premises consumption. Off-premises alcohol sales are those that take place at a retail store that will be consumed in another location and are subject to these controlled state laws.

What Is a Controlled State? — Why and How 17 States Control The Amount And Price of Alcohol Retai...

Every state has laws regulating the sale of alcohol, both in retail stores and establishments that sell alcohol for on-premises consumption. Off-premises alcohol sales are those that take place at a retail store that will be consumed in another location and are subject to these controlled state laws.

Vendome Copper & Brass and Prohibition: How Elmore Sherman Stayed in The Game

Vendome Copper & Brass and Prohibition: How Elmore Sherman Stayed in The Game

From the time it was incorporated in 1911, Vendome Copper & Brass was a standard in distillery equipment. Unfortunately, their success was seemingly short-lived when “wartime prohibition” effectively ended alcohol production in the United States in 1917. This was followed not long after by the passing of the 18th amendment on January 16, 1919, establishing prohibition. Only a year later, prohibition was officially enforced starting January 17, 1920.

Vendome Copper & Brass and Prohibition: How Elmore Sherman Stayed in The Game

From the time it was incorporated in 1911, Vendome Copper & Brass was a standard in distillery equipment. Unfortunately, their success was seemingly short-lived when “wartime prohibition” effectively ended alcohol production in the United States in 1917. This was followed not long after by the passing of the 18th amendment on January 16, 1919, establishing prohibition. Only a year later, prohibition was officially enforced starting January 17, 1920.

Early American Farming: Growing a Nation One Crop at a Time

Early American Farming: Growing a Nation One Crop at a Time

From the time that immigrants settled in what would become America, farming was a way of life for a multitude of reasons. Not only did it give farmers and their families the ability to trade and barter for their basic daily needs, it also allowed them to live off the land, offering them sustenance and a form of income. For centuries, farming in America was much more than a job. It was a lifestyle that produced hardworking, salt-of-the-earth men and women committed to their families, crops, and land.

Early American Farming: Growing a Nation One Crop at a Time

From the time that immigrants settled in what would become America, farming was a way of life for a multitude of reasons. Not only did it give farmers and their families the ability to trade and barter for their basic daily needs, it also allowed them to live off the land, offering them sustenance and a form of income. For centuries, farming in America was much more than a job. It was a lifestyle that produced hardworking, salt-of-the-earth men and women committed to their families, crops, and land.

The History of Bottled-in-Bond In America

The History of Bottled-in-Bond In America

Few beverages have a history steeped as deep in the heart of America as bourbon. For some, it’s more than a drink — it’s a heritage. That heritage represents hard work, dedication, and never cutting corners when it comes to producing the highest quality final product. But in the 19th century, that heritage came under threat by pervasive adulteration and imitation that was not only dishonest, but at times dangerous.

The History of Bottled-in-Bond In America

Few beverages have a history steeped as deep in the heart of America as bourbon. For some, it’s more than a drink — it’s a heritage. That heritage represents hard work, dedication, and never cutting corners when it comes to producing the highest quality final product. But in the 19th century, that heritage came under threat by pervasive adulteration and imitation that was not only dishonest, but at times dangerous.

Buffalo vs Bison: A taxonomy lesson you won't soon forget

Buffalo vs Bison: A taxonomy lesson you won't soon forget

Do you love your grilled buffalo burgers? What if you were told that it might not have actually been buffalo? In fact, other than those brought here to raise, buffalo have never existed in America. Think this story is bogus? Keep reading.

Buffalo vs Bison: A taxonomy lesson you won't soon forget

Do you love your grilled buffalo burgers? What if you were told that it might not have actually been buffalo? In fact, other than those brought here to raise, buffalo have never existed in America. Think this story is bogus? Keep reading.

The Fire that Burnt Sperry Chalet: When Lightning Strikes

The Fire that Burnt Sperry Chalet: When Lightning Strikes

In mid-August of 2017, lightning struck in the wilds of Montana, sparking several small forest fires. Those fires gained momentum over the next few weeks, and the damage they produced was devastating. Known as the Sprague Fire, this disaster plowed through tens of thousands of forest acreage, and the actual amount of destruction it caused will probably be forever unknown. While many anonymous things were destroyed in the fire, the National Historic Landmark, the Sperry Chalet, was one notable structure that felt the brunt of the Sprague Fire's devastation.

The Fire that Burnt Sperry Chalet: When Lightning Strikes

In mid-August of 2017, lightning struck in the wilds of Montana, sparking several small forest fires. Those fires gained momentum over the next few weeks, and the damage they produced was devastating. Known as the Sprague Fire, this disaster plowed through tens of thousands of forest acreage, and the actual amount of destruction it caused will probably be forever unknown. While many anonymous things were destroyed in the fire, the National Historic Landmark, the Sperry Chalet, was one notable structure that felt the brunt of the Sprague Fire's devastation.