From the Wine of the Month Club to the COVID boom
The Three Mile Limit: Booze on Boats
An obscure bit of international maritime law becomes front page news when the Coast Guard takes on rum runners during Prohibition.
Lewis Rosenstiel, Capitalist Champion of America’s ‘Native Spirit’
The post-Prohibition era was very, very good for a very, very small number of people. If you had pushed your way through the 1920s with a toe still dipped in the legal liquor business—by managing, for example, to secure one of the small number of ‘medicinal spirits’ licenses available—you might be one of the lucky […]
The Taft Decision: What is Whiskey, Anyway?
The battle over what could be called “whiskey” and what was just an imitation. Because really, who’s going to buy something labeled “imitation?”
A (Very Brief) History of Straight Whiskey
That’d be the legal kind of straight, not the un-iced kind
A Brief History of “Bottled In Bond”
Ensuring that the only chemicals in our whiskey are the ones we’re looking for
The 15-Gallon Law: Pack My Box With Five Dozen Liquor Jugs
Dipping a Toe in Lake Prohibition
The “Habitual Drunkard:” Virginia’s Downright Prehistoric Anti-Homeless Law.
I’d like to think that our understanding of substance dependency has evolved, but the law doesn’t always reflect that.
Kentucky’s 80 Different Liquor Licenses
The home of bourbon, and of obscure statutory language
Letting the good times roll on through