On January 29, 1919, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution achieved the necessary three-fourths majority of state ratification. Six months later Prohibition of alcohol production, distribution, storage and consumption all alcoholic beverages began. The ban was given teeth by the passage, over the veto of then President Woodrow Wilson, of the Volstead Act on October 28, 1919. The Volstead Act provided for the a Federal Prohibition Police Agency within the Treasury Department. Legitimate and Bootlegger producers of beer, wine, and distilled spirits were aggressively shut down across the country.
The constitutional amendment that ushered in the era of Prohibition ended 14 years later in 1933. Over the past 80 years it is obvious beer, wine and distilled spirits are now produced in this nation by some of the largest and smallest companies in the world. Finally after all that time, a distiller has established itself in the City of Buffalo and promises to use locally grown product and water to produce “initially” Rye Whiskey and Vodka. Prior to prohibition Rye was the undisputed king of American distilled beverages.
Hats off, congratulations and wish for success is extended to Eight Buffalo Spirits LLC on its receipt, two days ago, of a New York State license to begin production. Like Flying Bison Brewery, Community Beer Works, and the many local wineries we have another local business that deserves Western New York’s consideration and support.