Living life between the barrel staves in Bourbon Country

Celebrate Repeal Day – December 5th

Prohibition era prescription for medicinal whiskey

Prohibition era prescription for medicinal whiskey

So what exactly is Repeal Day? It’s the day we celebrate the end of Prohibition after the last state ratified the 21st amendment to the Constitution, which repealed the 18th amendment passed 14 years earlier. I won’t waste space here with the details as others have eloquently told the story already. Check out the “official” Repeal Day website by Jeffrey Morganthaler, or see his post from earlier this week on his regular blog (click here). You can also read more about Repeal Day at The Scotch Blog. The Wall Street Journal even got into the act with an article by Eric Felton (click here). Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY (about 15 minutes drive from my house) was one of the few distilleries to operate during Prohibition, having obtained a license to produce “medicinal whiskey”. Frankly, I thought all whiskey was medicinal (cures what ails ya). Several years ago my father purchased a Prohibition era prescription dated June 7th, 1926 which allowed the patient, Robert Russell of Lakonia Park, Maryland, to obtain from his local pharmacy in Washington, DC, medicinal whiskey and to take it “as needed”. Not a bad deal – I wish I had his doctor.

And to round things out, Brown Forman of Louisville, KY has released an Old Forrester Repeal Bourbon celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. So what better way to end the work week and start the weekend than to go out tomorrow night, raise a glass of America’s native spirit and toast the end of the “great experiment”.



3 responses

  1. Irene

    I always learn something from my pal Neil!

    December 5, 2008 at 3:40 am

  2. Sarah

    I have no doubt that my ancestors did indeed celebrate this day!

    December 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm

  3. I am celebrating with my favorite, the Dry Martini.

    December 6, 2008 at 12:01 am

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