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Jono
04-01-2009, 09:39
http://www.ellenjaye.com/guckenheimer.html

A. Guckenheimer & Bros. Distillery
Freeport, Pennsylvania

"At any rate, by the end of the forties, the Pennsylvania Distilling Company was sold to Schenley. The Guckenheimer brand itself was eventually sold to the American Distilling Company in Pekin, Illinois. They used it for several years, along with it's trademark "Good Old Guckenheimer" slogan, to market a straight bourbon whiskey which they made for awhile (quite an insult for a brand once considered to be among America's premier rye whiskeys) in Illinois, then bottled using commercial-grade bourbon from Kentucky, and then they even further degraded it to a blended whiskey. American Distilling itself eventually pooped out, its brands being acquired by Heaven Hill in Bardstown, Kentucky. "Good Old Guckenheimer" remains available today as an 80 proof blended whiskey, and may be found on the bottom shelf of liquor stores in some areas."

Has anyone tried the current "Good Old Guckenheimer" whiskey?
Does anyone have any of the old stuff?

This is what would probably happen to Old Hickory...it would be revived as
"Famous Old Hickory" and filled with who knows what stuff.

bottlebee
04-13-2009, 18:02
Has anyone tried the current "Good Old Guckenheimer" whiskey?
Does anyone have any of the old stuff?

Heaven Hill has the label now. If you have Halers whisky in your state store, it is the same stuff, different label. It can still be bought in some states, I believe Ohio, NY, Maryland perhaps, and as an SLO in Pennsylvania.