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The Brown Family Constitution

The Brown Family printed their Constitution on this Bourbon label, and the government ratified it late this summer.

The main point of the document seems to be keeping the publicly traded company under family control. Barron’s has estimated that “The Brown family owns about 70% of Brown-Forman’s Class A voting shares (BFA).” Six months ago The Wall Street Journal reported:

In an effort to ensure that it remains independent and under family control, liquor maker Brown-Forman Corp. is pushing to get family shareholders more involved in the company. … The effort is among the strongest in a growing number of family-controlled companies trying to better educate and unify family shareholders. … Today, there are 117 living descendants of the founder and 38 widows or spouses, the company says. … Potential suitors could include spirits giants Diageo PLC, Pernod Ricard SA or Bacardi Ltd.

The Sunday Paper explains that Old Forester Bourbon became America’s first bottled bourbon in 1870. George Garvin Brown handwrote a guarantee and his signature on every bottle. Old Forester is named after Dr. William Forrester, a leading doctor in Louisville. It is:

the only bourbon legally produced and sold before, during and after Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, its distillers held one of only 10 government permits that allowed production of bourbon for medicinal purposes. … When Prohibition was enforced, there were more than 200 distilling operations in Kentucky alone—all put out of business in one fell swoop. … The Old Forester strain of yeast is the oldest strain of yeast in the industry.

The Barron’s article, from a few years ago, says “Brown-Forman’s fortunes hinge on Jack Daniel’s, which accounts for some two-thirds of profits. … Brown-Forman might not exist today, save for its purchase of Jack Daniel’s for $18 million in 1956.”

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Squished Witch Red Table Wine

The upcoming Halloween holiday brings to mind candy and costumes and ghosts and ghouls and witches. This year, witches and witchcraft have enjoyed an additional autumnal limelight after tapes surfaced of U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE) claiming to have dabbled in witchcraft while in high school.

Squished Witch, from Oz Winery of Wamego, Kansas, looks set to capitalize on the shared whimsy of this year’s Halloween and political seasons. The winery describes Squished Witch as a “fruity, semi-sweet Ives Noir based red.” Like Squished Witch, most of the three-dozen wines in the Oz Winery stable boast some obvious connection to the classic film The Wizard of Oz, including I’ve Got You My Pretty, The Lion’s Courage, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Scarecrow, Flying Monkey, and I’m Melting Merlot.

The Squished Witch label is home to at least one interesting legal issue. If you were looking for the class/type description and/or alcohol content and weren’t having any luck, note the smallish cursive words “Red Table Wine” nestled in a fold in the land above the fanciful name. I missed them at first, second, and third glance. Oz also has Drunken Munchkin, and it’s rare to have a reference to intoxication on a wine label.

The Witch label reminds me that a friend used to describe the Wicked Witch of the West as a misunderstood woman who was just “mad because someone dropped a house on her sister.”

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Firestarter

Distinctive container? Box 18c of this approval says it is.

Kodiak Imports, of San Diego, California, has several TTB approvals for spirits products packed in containers that look quite a bit like fire extinguishers. If you stop and think about it, the brand name doesn’t exactly suggest that it puts out fires, and the back label points out that “This is not a fire extinguisher.” Then again, it does look a lot like exactly that. The website says “The multi award winning packaging looks like a fire extinguisher, complete with a locking pin, lever, and a nozzle through which Firestarter Vodka is poured.” Thank goodness it’s only 80 proof.

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Mango Wine

This post will start short but is likely to grow long over time. Very long. We will try to show the enormous range of foodstuffs from which wine is produced. With each post we will add to the list, and I predict it will grow way past 50 60. Today we add Mango wine to the list.

  1. Avocado wine
  2. Banana wine
  3. Cantaloupe wine
  4. Dandelion wine
  5. Elder flower wine
  6. Fig wine
  7. Gooseberry wine
  8. Grape wine
  9. Jasmine fruit wine
  10. Kiwi wine
  11. Linden flower wine
  12. Lychee wine
  13. Mango wine. Healy’s mango wine is bottled in Round Lake, Illinois.
  14. Mangosteen wine
  15. Marionberry wine
  16. Onion wine
  17. Pomegranate wine
  18. Pear wine
  19. Pepper wine
  20. Persimmon wine
  21. Pineapple wine
  22. Rhubarb wine
  23. Strawberry wine
  24. Tomato wine
  25. Watermelon wine

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Blue Ball Porter

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Get your mind out of the gutter. It’s not about sex. It’s about good beer from eastern Pennsylvania.

Intercourse Blue Ball Porter is Ale with Natural Flavor. Intercourse Brewing Company is located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  Blue Ball is a small community also located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

It’s not about this. It’s not about this. The funny looking silo above is just a silo. Intercourse is quite popular and as of today, this Facebook page confirms that 415 people “like it.”

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