This all happened
(more or less)
The family secret.
The men with the bowler hats.
This is the ancestral farm where our story began. It serves as a source of inspiration and humility as we strive to produce a spirit that honors our home and heritage.
As told by grandma Lillian
“Through the beveled glass, their appearance was stretched and wavy. Their bowler hats disproportionately long. I remember the heat, dust, and my mother’s sobs floating from underneath the bedroom door. We all watched them walk up the lane…
Dad was gone, selling the liquor of course, it’s what we did.
Underneath feed troughs, through branches, the rev-men scoured our little farm looking for evidence.
You see, Grandma taught Dad how to use the still, to taste it, to know when it was just right, but keeping our family practice a secret, that’s our story. Dad hid the mash, the bottles, and the still grandma built herself underneath a faux floor of an outbuilding.
That wasn’t enough. Next, Dad went out and found the meanest mule money could buy to stand right over the spot where the equipment was stored.”
Now we tip our hats to “that mule” for being an intimidating son-of-gun, and sending the “rev-men” packing on that day nearly 80 years ago.
He kept great-great grandfather Fritz out of jail, our family farm intact, and saved generations of distilling tradition.
One of these two mules is the inspiration for
our name and fighting spirit.
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