Clear. Bold Aromas of caramelized bananas and nuts, candy corn, and spicy meringue with a silky, fruity-yet-dary medium-full body and a long, coconut cream pie, peppery spice, honey, anise cookie, and white ash accented finish. Remarkably flavorful and smooth; a delicious artisan moonshine that is a benchmark of the category.
The Story behind the Moonshine :
On April 9, 1931, Fred Blumer was kidnapped. He was blindfolded, handcuffed, and taken to Illinois. Two hours after Blumer’s abduction, the kidnappers called Mrs. Blumer and demanded $150,000 in ransom payment – that’s $6 million in today’s dollars. The kidnappers then moved Blumer to a safe house in Chicago, keeping him handcuffed and blindfolded for a week. The news of Blumer’s kidnapping made headlines around the country, throughout Canada, and even Europe.
Over the next few days negotiations took place and the ransom amount was reduced. However, the kidnappers got wind that the Chicago Police were closing in on them. They believed that they were about to be discovered and arrested. After keeping Fred Blumer blindfolded in captivity for a week, they decided to give up on the ransom entirely. They shoved the blindfolded Fred Blumer into a car and took him to Decatur, IL, about 200 miles away. They thought that they were being followed by police, so they quickly dropped Blumer off, but also gave him his watch back and $20 in cash to find his way home.
Later, to their surprise, Fred Blumer got a $3,000 invoice for “room and board,” which is equivalent to $120,000 in today’s dollars. Fearful of his abductors, he quietly paid the “room and board” invoice through an intermediary.
Fred Blumer’s kidnappers were caught shortly thereafter. The authorities asked for the electric chair; however, the judge spared them the death penalty. A number of the kidnappers went to jail for an extended time. After the kidnapping, Blumer’s Moonshine (and near beer) continued to be produced and sold across the US.
After 13 years of Prohibition, on April 17, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt repealed the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution that started Prohibition. He signed the 21st Amendment to make alcohol legal again. In hundreds of years of US history, the 18th Amendment remains the only one to have been repealed. The
decision helped to take the country out of depression by creating jobs and bringing much needed revenue to the Government.
This is the Story of Blumer’s Original Moonshine, which is also available in Apple Pie.