Select the month you would like to fill one of four stoneware bottles. Between August 2018 and October 2019 we will be adding new liquors and invite you to schedule a fill in the month your favorite liquor is available. Use the chart below to determine your month of choice. By clicking on the month you will be directed to a product page where you can pick your liquor of choice and your bottle style, each named after four of our presidents: Lincoln, FDR, Washington and Harrison. This is the first run of Limited Edition bottles available from Crostwater.
Select the month you would like to fill your bottle by clicking the desired row in the chart below.
Available liquors for each month are notated with an 'X'.
"Give him a barrel of hard cider and settle a pension of two thousand a year on him, and my word for it," a Democratic newspaper foolishly gibed, "he will sit... by the side of a 'sea coal' fire, and study moral philosophy. " The Whigs, seizing on this political misstep, in 1840 presented their candidate William Henry Harrison as a simple frontier Indian fighter, living in a log cabin and drinking cider, in sharp contrast to an aristocratic champagne-sipping Van Buren.
George Washington is the only one of our founding fathers to have owned and operated a commercial distillery. At this time in Washington's life, he was actively trying to simplify his farming operations and reduce his expansive land holdings. Always keen to enterprises that might earn him extra income, Washington was intrigued by the profit potential that a distillery might bring in. That George Washington was willing to commit to distilling by building such a large distilling operation is evidence of his desire to pursue the most innovative and creative farming practices of the day. Despite having no prior experience in distilling, he quickly became acquainted with the process.
Amazingly enough, his status as a drinker—or as a teetotaler—would help decide the 1860 election and, of course, shape the future of America. At the time, alcohol was a very contentious issue and the temperance movement was gathering steam. Highly motivated and organized teetotalers were an effective voting block that was known to decide some local elections. (In that regard, the teetotalers of yore weren't that different than the tea party members of today.) But temperance was a tricky tightrope for Lincoln to walk since he was literally born into the liquor industry. During his childhood in Kentucky, his father worked part time at a distillery that most likely madebourbon. "They lived along Knob Creek," says James Cornelius, curator at theAbraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. "You know that name." Lincoln's father's profession wasn't unusual. Farm work was seasonal and "people did a multitude of jobs," says Cornelius. In fact, even Lincoln's elementary school teacher was a part-time distiller. But the political ambitions of the future 16 th president of the United States forced him to distance himself from his spirited past.
On March 22nd, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act. This law levies a federal tax on all alcoholic beverages to raise revenue for the federal government and gives individual states the option to further regulate the sale and distribution of beer and wine.With the passage of the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act in 1919, temperance advocates in the U.S. finally achieved their long sought-after goal of prohibiting the sale of alcohol or "spirits." Together, the new laws prohibited the manufacture, sale or transportation of liquor and ushered in the era known as "Prohibition," defining an alcoholic beverage as anything containing over 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. President Woodrow Wilson had unsuccessfully tried to veto the Volstead Act, which set harsh punishments for violating the 18th Amendment and endowed the Internal Revenue Service with unprecedented regulatory and enforcement powers. In the end, Prohibition proved difficult and expensive to enforce and actually increased illegal trafficking without cutting down on consumption. In one of his first addresses to Congress as president, FDR announced his intention to modify the Volstead Act with the Beer and Wine Revenue Act.No fan of temperance himself, FDR had developed a taste for alcohol when he attended New York cocktail parties as a budding politician. (While president, FDR refused to fire his favorite personal valet for repeated drunkenness on the job.) FDR considered the new law "of the highest importance" for its potential to generate much-needed federal funds and included it in a sweeping set ofNew Deal policies designed to vault the U.S. economy out of the Great Depression.The Beer and Wine Revenue act was followed, in December 1933, by the passage of the 21st Amendment, which officially ended Prohibition.
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