Ad of the Week: Old Overholt

A while back, I mentioned that Old Overholt rye was once bottled at 100-proof. Here, pardon the pun, is proof. Click through to view these in a larger size. oldoverholt-full



The biggest surprise in this ad might be how few of these bottlings are now “ghost” brands. Of them, only Mt. Vernon rye is currently out of production. The rest are still going, even if some of them are limping along. National Distillers didn’t fare so well; the Beam company bought its assets in 1987.


The latest on Cook & Brown

What’s the latest? We’re open for business! Not much time for blogging, so here are a few photos shot during our opening week, some by Jen and some by me.

Cocktail Menu
St. Paddy’s Day menu. Photo by Jen.

Jen’s Friday martini. Photo by Jen.

Friday dinner. Photo by Jen.

The barman straineth. Photo by Jen.

Setup. Photo by Jen.

Chef/owner Nemo Bolin working on the floors in the bar, February 14, 2010. Photo by Dietsch.

Bar, March 19, 2010. We’ve come a long damn way in a month. Photo by Dietsch.

Bar by day. Photo by Dietsch.

Bar by night. Photo by Dietsch. (Yes, we need more shelving.)

Dining room by day. Photo by Dietsch.

DISCLAIMER: I am no longer a part of Cook and Brown.

Ad of the Week: Seagram’s Crown

A nice representation of post-Prohibition advertising, and perhaps a potshot at American distilleries, who were still ramping up production after repeal in 1933. Remember, whiskey is aged, so even by 1937, American brands wouldn’t have produced anything near the 50 million gallons of Seagram’s, which of course was a Canadian firm.



Ad of the week: Dagger!

Sorry I missed last week; a combination of real-life duties and a bad cold took me out of commission. But I’m back this week with a look at a vanished rum brand: Dagger. A product of J. Wray and Nephew, Dagger is sadly defunct. I say “sadly” because a fellow member of the Cocktail and Spirits Online Writers Gang managed to dig up a bottle and mixed it into Mai Tais, and it sounds fantastic. Hat tip to you, Tiare. Click over if you want to see what the bottle looked like in color.

Anyway, here’s a collection of Dagger ads from 1930s-era Life magazine. Enjoy!

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