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ER07
03-14-2013, 16:38
I recently started reading Daniel Okrent's book on prohibition 'Last Call' and the question of what I would do if I knew in a year that the sale/manufacturing of alcohol would be illegal popped in my head. I know some of us bunker for various reason; fear of price change, dropped age statement, lowered proof or just because it's damn good hooch. But what if you knew a year from now it would all be gone(scary thought), what would bunker? Would you stockpile your favorite brands or get as much variety as possible?

For me personally I would get my hands on as much OWA, Weller 12, ETL, and Ritt BIB as I could afford.

BradleyC
03-14-2013, 16:41
I would just move into Hectic's basement and ride it out until repeal.

Clavius
03-14-2013, 16:41
Cases and cases of VOB BIB. Cheap and tasty!

Kyjd75
03-14-2013, 16:51
AAA 10 yr., OWA, KC, Bakers, Bookers, Baby Saz, OGD114

hectic1
03-14-2013, 16:55
I would just move into Hectic's basement and ride it out until repeal.
Actually we could dig a tunnel from my house to yours and be set for a good while! :cool:

I would buy as many barrels of FR OBSV, OESO, and OBSK as Jim R would bottle for me! :)

squire
03-14-2013, 16:58
A whole bunch of Barton, Grand Dad and overproof rum.

LostBottle
03-14-2013, 17:01
1 year till prohibition, what would you stockpile?

foreign passports

michaelturtle1
03-14-2013, 17:02
I would drive straight to the store I found that had a few cases of Age stated WSR handles and buy them all, then I would buy every HW Rendezvous I could find...If I were in a dream world I would buy cases of Lot B and HW 16... Though I think it would take a couple decades of prohibition before I had to worry about buying another bottle

BFerguson
03-14-2013, 17:39
Actually we could dig a tunnel from my house to yours and be set for a good while! :cool:

I would buy as many barrels of FR OBSV, OESO, and OBSK as Jim R would bottle for me! :)

I'm with Hectic, by the barrel is the way to go.

Plus, there would be somethign uniquely satisfying to see the cases stacked on a pallet, or two, in my basement.

I think there was a photo of this with somebody that did handles of Jack???

B

squire
03-14-2013, 17:48
Makes me want to break out in a chorus of "Roll out the Barrel".

humchan2k
03-14-2013, 18:15
As many cases of Rittenhouse and BT as I can buy. The 2 staples of my bar, amazing value, and the best-of-breed for the all important "under $30/bottle" price point. Done and done.

darylld911
03-14-2013, 18:16
I'd stockpile for variety, but also trying to maximize volume - so I'd focus on getting cases of EWB, AAA, OFS, and Ritt BIB - but also buying every BTAC I bumped into. I want to say Bookers . . . but honestly, if I have to plan for maybe eternity . . . I'm a young man still, so 3 or 4 bottles of AAA for every bottle of Bookers would make it tough.

ER07
03-14-2013, 18:19
Plus, there would be somethign uniquely satisfying to see the cases stacked on a pallet, or two, in my basement.


B

Couldn't agree more

Restaurant man
03-14-2013, 19:34
I'll be grabbing all the cheap flavored vodka I can afford! (to trade with jimmy) :yum:

Grain Belt
03-14-2013, 19:39
Jim Beam Black. Tastes good to me neat, on the rocks, with a splash of water, and in cocktails. Reasonably priced. It would feel good to see two pallets in the basement if there was some kind of liquor apocalypse. I know it isn't the most popular on this board, but dammit, I like it. :grin:

squire
03-14-2013, 19:44
JB Black is very good whisky, another sleeper.

Meruck
03-14-2013, 19:55
Canadian real estate....................

black mamba
03-14-2013, 19:57
As much HHW BIB as I could find, plus a couple cases of RR BIB for variety.

If I had any money left, a case each of EC12, ETL and RHF for special occasions.

bingstein
03-14-2013, 20:04
I'll tell you what I definitely WOULDN'T stockpile... OGD114. Because it's terrible.

Lazer
03-14-2013, 20:11
Canadian real estate....................

I was going to say guns and ammo.

petrel800
03-14-2013, 20:19
I'll tell you what I definitely WOULDN'T stockpile... OGD114. Because it's terrible.

4 Roses stuff as well, just awful.


Destroying the whiskey craze one post at a time. Ha ha ha . . .

Special Reserve
03-15-2013, 05:12
I'd be in the market for some OWA.

Let's be realistic, everyone would get cases of the BTAC or PHC collections, but they are not available.

Dolph Lundgren
03-15-2013, 06:26
Load up on handles of EWB, clean the shelves out of FRYL and VOB BIB, pick up some HW Double Rye, and spend the remainder of cash on Glenmorangie 10 and Johnny Black.

higgins
03-15-2013, 07:09
It depends, will they still have some brands available as 'medicinal' whiskey? I'm grabbing all of the Four Roses and BIB brands that I can find.

Oh, and a case of Maker's Mark. Not because I want to drink it, but because it will be great fun to lord it over the die-hard MM drinkers.

Tony
03-15-2013, 10:17
I am joining in the Four Roses club.

Going to get several barrels of each recipe. Then have Jim Rutledge pick me some cherry barrels for special occasions in the single barrel version and have him mix me up some premium small batch as well.

Best regards, Tony

Smokewagon
03-15-2013, 10:26
As much weller 107 and 12yr as i could afford. I'd have a basement will a couple pallets stacked high before it was all said and done. After that i'd go for variety...


~SW

mark fleetwood
03-15-2013, 11:37
Go to the bank, take out as many second mortgages as possible and then buy everything in site. Sell for 2x day after prohibition starts. (don't forget to supply the chief of police amply.)

Yeti
03-15-2013, 11:59
So many considerations. How much can I afford to budget over 12 months toward a permanent bunker? What's going to go fastest and first, what will be left close to the final day? Most LE bottles from 2012 are gone and the 2013s won't show up for another 5-6 months.

I could probably come up with a budget around $5,000...

10 Cases HH BIB 6yo - $1200
5 Cases OWA - $1350
5 Cases OGD114 - $1350
$1000-1500 budget to grab every limited release bottle I can find, then pick up some Booker's or Baker's if I've got anything left.

But that plan would only work with a few lump sum expenditures. Most likely it would be a random mishmash of nearly everything at the store. EC12, WT101, FRSB, etc. etc.

portwood
03-15-2013, 12:22
Dumb question time ... during last prohibition was it illegal to possess alcohol - even if acquired prior to prohibition?
Not to put a damper on all the planned stockpiling or anything ...;)

yountvillewjs
03-15-2013, 12:23
I like the 'buy a barrel or two' idea -- and unoriginally, I'd tag along with hectic and hit up 4R. and lots & lots of Ritt BIB.

petrel800
03-15-2013, 12:34
I get the sense that the government would probably go out of it's way to discourage "stockpiling," if a true law was passed banning alcohol. You would probably be best served by buying bottles in a large quantity of purchases of small amounts spread out between as many stores as possible. A barrel purchase would probably draw unnecessary eyes upon you if consumption or possession was banned.

Portwood, I'm by no means a prohibition history buff, but I don't think consumption was ever illegal. I think it mainly focused on the manufacture, selling, and transportation of alcohol.

ER07
03-15-2013, 15:14
Dumb question time ... during last prohibition was it illegal to possess alcohol - even if acquired prior to prohibition?
Not to put a damper on all the planned stockpiling or anything ...;)

During prohibition the manufacturing, sale and distribution of alcohol was illegal but not the use. So whatever you had prior to prohibition you were allowed to keep. You could also get whiskey prescribed by doctors. A lot of stubbed toes during the 20's

omgmarclol
03-16-2013, 21:00
for me it would be weller 12, EC12, OGD114, 4R OBSK

fishnbowljoe
03-16-2013, 21:42
I have enough to keep me going for a while. Still, there's this one store that I know of that has twelve or fifteen cases of ........... Ahhhhhh, never mind.

:slappin:

wmpevans
03-16-2013, 22:11
Cases of OWA, 4R OBSK and OESO, OGD 114, Ritt BIB, and as much GTS and WLW as I could find. I'ld have to stock up on several cases of rum also.

Andre28
03-17-2013, 15:12
lol i have no idea what all these abbreviations are. For me, i still think Makers Mark is an easy and pleasant enough drop, so quite a bit of that. Then some Russells Reserve and maybe some Bookers and Blantons (I'm down under though, so choices would be a little different if i lived stateside).

TomH
03-17-2013, 15:15
This is an easy one for me....I've got more than I will drink for the rest of my life so no need to stock anything else.

LostBottle
03-17-2013, 15:38
This is an easy one for me....I've got more than I will drink for the rest of my life so no need to stock anything else.

Wow, that is a pretty impressive feat.

TomH
03-17-2013, 16:26
Not really....just means that I'm old and not a real heavy drinker <G> !

ethangsmith
03-17-2013, 17:04
Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Even if I have to water it down a little to stretch a bottle longer it will still taste great!

nivto
03-17-2013, 17:18
Cases of OWA, 4R OBSK and OESO, OGD 114, Ritt BIB, and as much GTS and WLW as I could find. I'ld have to stock up on several cases of rum also.

You and I appear to have similar tastes in whiskey!

MauiSon
03-17-2013, 19:03
I'm one of those few who can admit, 'I'm pretty well set in case of prohibition.' That's just the way I operate. With my home bunker and bunkers in Ohio and California, yeah, I'm prepared.

Kalessin
03-19-2013, 11:57
A warehouse in Canada full of top-shelfers for me and bottom-shelfers to send down in submarines for discreet sales up and down the East Coast.

Quantum
03-19-2013, 13:17
My current "bunker" is a shelf of Ritt 101 and OWA which I buy in bulk for convenience, so I would probably start by stockpiling more of these. BT is the volume leader in our house, so my next step would be buying up as much of that as I could while it was still readily available. Then I would pick up 2-3 bottles each of 4RSB, Elmer T Lee, Bookers, Blantons, and EWSB.

Larceny is a current favorite, but goes to the end of the priority line because I just don't have the same history with it as the others. I would still try to grab a case or two.