Whiskey Disposal During Prohibition

This brings a tear to the eye – what a waste. These are photos taken during the Prohibition era, between 1920 to 1933, where the “manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol” had been outlawed in the US.

Anyway, these are barrels of whisky that had been discovered by the police and then disposed of in whatever way was appropriate. Here you can see them being poured down drains and into rivers. I wonder what all that whiskey would have done to the local environment, though I for one wouldn’t mind taking a swim in those waters…

There are a few snaps below, but even more photos available at Retronaut. There’s a short film here, for those of you who are masochists. There must have been some amazing stories from illegal distillers and people trying to get hold of the whisky over the years.


I've written about (and reviewed) whisky for Whisky Magazine, among other publications, and have been a whisky judge for competitions including the World Whiskies Awards. I've done other writing too: several mass market genre novels, a few short stories, including for BBC Radio 4. For my day job (I know, I don't get out much) I work in digital content. Follow me on Instagram.com/maltreview/ or Twitter.com/MaltReview. Generally, my tastes lean towards ex-sherry cask and ex-wine cask influences on the spirit, but I'm not so fussed as long as the whisky's gone into good wood.

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