Friday, September 25, 2009
BALTIMORE PURE RYE DISTILLERY III
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Pt. 3 of 3
More brilliant broken glass found in the staircases on-site, the Baltimore Pure Rye smokestack (sans the horrendously ugly cell phone tower attachments), a vintage scale and two lovely textures. (ID#: 09.13.09 Baltimore Pure Rye Distillery)
THE HISTORY (in brief): In the 1930's, shortly after the 18th amendment was repealed, two distilleries were built in the countryside east of Baltimore. The area is known as Dundalk. The topsy-turvy shuffling of market positions that marked the post-prohibition scramble is well illustrated by these two plants, located virtually next-door to one another. One distillery was built on farm land just off Sollers Point Road in the 1930s. It's hard to believe today, but the population of Dundalk at that time was less than 8,000, mostly employees of the Maryland Steel Company at nearby Sparrows Point. The Baltimore Pure Rye distillery closed in 1957 when Seagram's, as it's known to most people in the area, purchased it to produce Paul Jones and Four Roses. For more, go here.