Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

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Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby bourbonv » Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:51 pm

I am going to add the Kentucky Distillers and Rectifiers from 1934 as listed with Mida. This reference book is not as informative as the pre-prohibition reference books, but it will at least give a list of distilleries and rectifiers that tried to come back after prohibition. I am sure there will be many that most people never heard of since they quickly went out of business.

Distillers

Athertonville
Cummins Distilleries Inc.

Bardstown
Bardstown Distillery Inc.
Moore, Tom, Distillery Co.

Burgin
Dowling Brothers Distilling Co.

Chicago
Blair Distilling Co.

Clermont
Beam, James B., Distilling Co.

Covington
New England Distilling Co., Inc., The, 115 Pike Street

Cumberland
Bobick, Nick, & Blair, Orville

Cynthiana
Poindexter, John, Distilleries Co.

Dant
Dant Distillery Co.

Deatsville
Samuels, T.W., Distillery Co.

Fairfield
McKenna, H., Inc.

Frankfort
Allied Brewing & Distilling Co., 192 King St.
Gaines, W.A., & Co.
Greenbaum, Ralph, Distillery Co.
Labrot & Graham, R.F.D. No.3
Old Kennebec Distillery Co.
Stagg, Geo. T., Co., The, 417A High Street
Taylor, K., Distilling Co., The, 216 W. Main St.

Henderson
Thixton Distilling Co., Inc.

Lawrenceburg
Hoffman Distilling Co.
Old Joe Distillery Co.
Ripy Brothers Distillers, Inc.
Waterfill & Frazier Inc.

Lebanon
Wathen, John A., Distillery Co.

Lexington
Old Lewis Hunter Distillery Co., 112 Esplanade
Pepper, Jas. E., & Co. Inc. Old Frankfort Pike

Louisville
American Medicinal Spirits Co., The, 7th St. and Bernheim
Antique Distillery Co. 1033 Story Ave.
Barry, J.A., 22nd & Tyler Ave.
Belmont Distilling Co., 1701 W. Breckinridge
Bernheim Distilling Co., 1701 W. Breckinridge
Black Gold Distillery Co., The
Blue Grass Distillery Co., The, 28th & Broadway
Bond & Lillard Co.
Bonnie Bros Inc, 1033 Story Ave. (R)
Brown-Forman Distilling Co., 1908 Howard St. (R)
Buffalo Springs Distilling Co.
Cedar Brook Distillery Co., The, P.O. Box 479
Chicken Cock Distillery Co., The, South of the city limits
Churchill Downs Distillery Co., 745 W. Main St. (R)
Duffy Malt Whiskey Co., 401 W. Main St.
Farmdale Distillery Co., South of the city limits
Frankfort Distilleries Inc., 401 W. Main St. (I)
Glencoe Dist. Co., 723 S. 26th St. (R)
Green River Distillery Co.
Hannis Distillery Co.
Hermitage Distillery Co., The
Hill & Hill Distillery Co., South of the city limits
Jefferson County Distilling Co.
Jones, Paul, & Co., 1033 Story Ave.
Louisville Public Warehouse Co. Inc., 131 E Main St.
Mattingly & Moore Distillery Co., 401 W. Main St.
Meadville Distillery Inc. 1033 Story Ave.
Medical Art Products Co.
Mellwood Distillery Co., Box 479
Moorman, C.P., & Co., 505 W. Liberty St.
Mt. Vernon Distillery Co., South of the city limits
Old Baker Distillery Co.
Old Crow Distillery Co., 7th & Bernheim
Old Grand Dad Distillery Co.
Old Hermitage Distilling Co.
Old Ky. Distillery, 2415 Lexington Rd. (R)
Old McBrayer Distillery Co., South of the city limits
Old Taylor Distillery Co., Box 479
Pebbleford Distillery Co., Box 479
Rewco Distillery Co., South of the city limits
Small Grain Distilling & Drug Co., 1033 Story Ave.
Spring Garden Distillery Co., South of the city limits
Stitzel, A. Ph., Inc. 1033 Story Ave.
Sunnybrook Distillery Co., Broadway & 28th St.
Taylor & Williams Distilleries, 3000 7th St. Rd.
Weller, W.L., & Sons, Inc., 626 W. Main St. (R)

Owensboro
Daviess County Distilling Co., The
Glenmore Distilleries, Hardinsburg Rd.
McCulloch's Green River Whiskies

St. Helens
Frankfort Distilleries, Inc.

Rectifiers

Frankfort
Schenley Distributors, Inc. 417 High St.

Henderson
Valley Distilleries 949 E Second St.

Louisville
Bonnie Bros. Inc. 127 W Main St.(D)
Brown-Forman Distilling Co. 1908 Howard St. (D)(I)
Byrd Distilling Co. 1730 Brook St.
Churchill Downs Distillery Co. 745 W. Main St. (D)
Hilmar, Ehrmann, & Co. 242 E Main St.
Fairfield Distilling Co., 234 E Main St.
Glencoe Dist. Co. 3009 W. Broadway (D)
Glenmore Distilleries, 711 Brent (D)
Merchants Distillers Products, 1514 S. Brook St.
Old Colonial Distillery, 427 W. Main St.
OLd Ky. Distillery, 2415 Lexington Rd. (D)
Sunnyland Distilling Co., 2829 Grand Ave.
Theirman, H.A., Co., 30th& Kentucky Sts.
Weller, W.L., & Sons, Inc., 626 W. Main St. (D)

Paducah
Freidman Keller & Co. Inc., 1018 Jefferson St.
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Re: Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby gillmang » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:21 am

For no particular or, it turns out, very good reason, I had assumed that Mida's reference only existed before Prohibition.

It appears though that it was revived after 1933. How long did it continue, Mike?

Who was Mida, or was that an acronym or coined trade name of some kind?

If there was a real Mida, I wonder if there are descendants of the family and if so if they continue in some branch of the distilled spirits industry. The Mida books seem an important reference to understand the industry and its products since you often refer to them.

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Re: Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby bourbonv » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:58 pm

Mida was a real person who started a trade magazine out of Chicago in the 19th century. It came back after prohibition, but I never seen a publication after the 1950's. I assume it went out of print in that decade, but I could be wrong because post prohibition magazines are harder to find thatn the pre-prohibition Mida's.
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Re: Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby gillmang » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:06 pm

Thanks Mike. I definitely cannot download a PDF from the page Timothy indicated. It must be blocked for non-U.S. residents.

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Re: Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby bourbonv » Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:52 am

Gary,
I have a photocopy of the book Timothy found online. I did a review in the Library as well. If there is a specific section you would like, I can copy it for you. Most is fairly dated, preprohibition court decisions and how they effect the liquor industry. I will bring it along the next time I see you.
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Re: Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby gillmang » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:17 pm

Thanks Mike, I appreciate it. I still think it would be interesting and that I could glean some taste and production notes from it (sometimes indirectly, but I've always found such references of interest). I am going to buy one of the online copies, I'll have it for "good" that way, but thanks much again. And I do intend to get down to L'ville this year, not sure when, but I will, and we will catch up with you then.

I don't know if you saw my note on the other board some time back that I saw a virtually identical bottle - full - of that 1930's-issued 18 year old (I think it was) pre-Pro Old Forester from which you kindly gave me a taste. It is behind glass in a display of historical bourbon and other bottlings at a restaurant in New Orleans, in Antoine's (the very large restaurant in the French quarter that has different rooms). The bottle was almost identical as I say but i think the whiskey was a year older. I informed the maitre 'd that I tasted from a similar bottle recently courtesy yourself and he and his staff were much impressed.

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Re: Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby BuffaloBill » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:59 am

.... interesting and informative post. Now you guys have me wondering how many distillers there actually were in KY during that period. Wow... BB
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Re: Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby cowdery » Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:41 pm

The book that Google scanned is not very interesting, although you may find it interesting as a lawyer, since it's essentially a restatement of the prevailing laws at the time, much like the books Commerce Clearing House puts out, if you're familiar with those.

The list Mike reproduced is interesting, especially the huge number of listings under Louisville. I note that a lot of the addresses are West Main Street, where there were only offices, not actual distilleries. I wonder how they distinguished distillers and rectifiers at that time. since I doubt there were ever that many actual distilleries in Louisville, either before or after Prohibition, even briefly.

There might be a parallel to the micro-distilleries of today, many of whom hang out a shingle and start promoting themselves before they've distilled the first drop.

Is it possible that a lot of these were just DBAs?
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Re: Lee W Mida's Directory Merchandiser, 1934 - Kentucky

Unread postby bourbonv » Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:52 pm

Chuck,
In the 1934 listing here, there were several that were simply DBA's (Doing Business As) companies owned by Schenley and National. In the 1909 listing they were for the most part independent companies.
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