kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


The day when the booze stopped flowing...


Saturday, January 16, 2010 marks the ninetieth anniversary of the start of Prohibition, the “noble experiment” that took away a fundamental American right to drink and enjoy alcoholic beverages. In remembrance of that bygone era, Bluecoat American Dry Gin and Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure is teaming up with Rye House in New York City to throw a Prohibition Day party.

“Prohibition made gin popular with legendary cocktails. Bluecoat looks to our history while asserting our independence to enjoy a fine beverage,” says Andrew Auwerda, president of Philadelphia Distilling, the company that distills Bluecoat and Vieux Carré.

The fun kicks off at 7:00 PM. Rye House (11 W. 17th Street, near Union Square in New York City) will be whipping up Bluecoat drink specials and raffling door prizes to attendees, who are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire. A password is required, which people can find out by calling Rye House at 212-255-7260, or by becoming a fan of Rye House on Facebook.

Made in small batches in a custom-built copper pot still by Philadelphia Distilling, Bluecoat American Dry Gin is one of the country’s leading micro-distilled gins. This award-winning spirit is five-times distilled with organic juniper, citrus, and other botanicals for a smooth and invigorating taste. Bluecoat won the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009.

“Craft wine and beer have long left their mark on America, and craft distillers like Philadelphia Distilling are finally having their day,” remarked Garrett Peck, author of The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet, who will be attending the Prohibition Day party at Rye House and will offer books for sale.