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    Post Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    This thread will only be about Jake Kinsey & Angelo Myers from what I learned listening to Al Landis 90 yrs. old whose granfather Henry Landis and Mr Kinsey married Sisters! I spent 2 hours last night finding out about many things the rest of them about Kinsey will be on my Memories Thread but I want everyone to be able to hear what I learned about Angelo Myers From Al who learned as a boy as much as he could from his father Hoarce Landis who went on to be Kinsey's Master Distiller after Prohibition. Al later went on himself to work for Mr Kinsey.
    Angelo Myers was a Very Well known Whiskey Dealer in Phila in the late 1890's he also was himself a master Distiller. He and Jacob G Kinsey became friends about a year or so after Mr Kinsey started work on buiding his Distillery in Linfield Pa. Mr Kinsey had one goal in mind and as Al Told Me it was to Make The VERY BEST WHISKEYS POSSIBLE! Jake Kinsey was a master Distiller also. after about 8 yrs or so Mr Kinsey decided He needed someone with a name in Distilling in order to be able to sell his products. Angelo Myers had many contacts in New York City a very Big Market for fine Whiskeys also Phila and Boston. Mr Kinsey got to talking to His Friend Angelo Myers and decided He was going to use his name at the Distillery and let him run that part while He owned it and and worked hard to make the Very Best Products He could make. Angelo Myers started running and using Kinsey Distillery about 1909 and Ran it till prohibition. He marketed Kinsey Brands in Phila and very much in New York City. One example was Kinsey Brand "Maywood Brand Straight Rye" which on the top of the Label says "Kinsey's Pennsylvania Rye" and it was bottled in Boston by The American Liqour Company for them back then. Things were starting to go very Good with Angelo Myers help and just a few years before Prohibition Kinsey Rye was really getting popular. Prohibition Coming about caused Kinsey being small to have to shut down completely during those days and Mr Meyers to never return. Every Case they marketed had Angelo Myers Distillery & Kinsey Distillery on them as my Wooden one from 1909 has! I from what I have heard figure Mr Myers was alot older then Mr Kinsey so most likely He went on to retire or do something Else after Prohibition came about. Angelo Myers is someone very hard to find anything about and without AL Landis talking to me this story could never be told, I have known Al's Son Ken from the days I worked there and I knew if anyone could give me the story it would be Al and I wanted to get it quick while he is here to tell it. One Other Thing Angelo Myers thought his friend Mr. Kinsey's products to be so good that is why he decided he would run the plant and marketing for Jacob G Kinsey for a time till his brands got a foothold. Neither one ever though it would end with him still there running it and prohibition closing it as it did then those days.
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    Re: Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    Quote Originally Posted by dave ziegler View Post
    Angelo Myers started running and using Kinsey Distillery about 1909 and Ran it till prohibition. -------------------------
    Thanks Dave for the information. I am still a bit confused. Apparently, there was some agreement between the 2 before 1909. The ad listed on e-bay from an 1897 Philadelphia almanac advertises Kinsey Pure Rye BIB distilled by The Angelo Myers Distillery Incorporated, Linfield, PA. Did Jacob Kinsey agree to permit his distillery to be called by a name other than his own?
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    Re: Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    Yes Fricky that is just what Al Told Me and It may have started sooner but things really did not get going till the early 1900's as it took a while to build the place distill and barrel and age the Whiskeys after Jacob G Kinsey bought the Farm in 1892 so there would be some years before things got started it was by Mr Kinsey letting him that it was called Angelo Myers Distillery for a time and was be changed back after things got going good and the Kinsey Name to become Popular, however that change never happened those yrs because Prohibition closed it till fall 1933 and then It took Mr Kinsey's name for good even after Continental owned it till it closed. Kinsey was a very Smart man and him and Mr Myers were very good friends and trusted each other so Kinsey knowing how well known Mr Myers was back then thought this was the way to get his whiskeys on the market and well known. None of the Whiskey's were ever called by the name Angelo Myers they all were called Kinsey! Just the Distillery had the Myers name for a while
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    Re: Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    Doug,
    from what I know from Mike Veach....it is and was very common for distilleries to use various names under which they distilled. Many times they would just hang a sign above the distillery door explaining who was distilling that day. I am sure it has to do with some government regulations, though I am not sure which one.

    So, maybe the booze that was headed for Boston would be sold under the umbrella of Myers while booze sold in Pa. would use the Kinsey format.

    To be really certain of the relationship, we would probably have to see the contract with which they operated under.

    Thanks to Dave for posting the information from the Landis family. Great investigation, D!
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    Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    Jeff,
    Were there no government label regulations concerning BIB whiskey and precisely who distilled it? I think that it is amazing that Jacob Kinesey would allow his Kinsey Pure Rye to be sold and labeled as distilled by Angelo Myers Distillery. I certainly do not have a great understanding of the history of distilleries and how they would allow others to sell their named product under a different distillery's name.

    I realize that bourbon is sold today by others that did not distill it such as Bulleit Bourbon produced by Bulleit Distilling Co. Bulleit Distilling Company is not selling a product that they call Four Roses Bourbon which would appear to be the situation with Angelo Myers selling Kinsey Pure Rye. I understand that Mr. Kinsey wanted extensive exposure of his Rye Whiskey back in 1897 and was willing to allow Angelo Myers to claim that he distilled it; however, it appears that it continued up to prohibition.

    Based on the pictures of one of Dave's boxes, the description shows Kinsey Pure Rye and The Angel Myers Distillery. It also shows that it was bonded spring 1914 and bottled spring 1919. As you probably know, prohibition went into effect on a federal level in January 1920.

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    Re: Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    Quote Originally Posted by fricky View Post
    Jeff,
    Were there no government label regulations concerning BIB whiskey and precisely who distilled it? I think that it is amazing that Jacob Kinesey would allow his Kinsey Pure Rye to be sold and labeled as distilled by Angelo Myers Distillery. I certainly do not have a great understanding of the history of distilleries and how they would allow others to sell their named product under a different distillery's name.

    I realize that bourbon is sold today by others that did not distill it such as Bulleit Bourbon produced by Bulleit Distilling Co. Bulleit Distilling Company is not selling a product that they call Four Roses Bourbon which would appear to be the situation with Angelo Myers selling Kinsey Pure Rye. I understand that Mr. Kinsey wanted extensive exposure of his Rye Whiskey back in 1897 and was willing to allow Angelo Myers to claim that he distilled it; however, it appears that it continued up to prohibition.

    Based on the pictures of one of Dave's boxes, the description shows Kinsey Pure Rye and The Angel Myers Distillery. It also shows that it was bonded spring 1914 and bottled spring 1919. As you probably know, prohibition went into effect on a federal level in January 1920.

    Doug
    Well, I believe that distilleries, in order to lower the overall cost of production would sell distillate in any mannor that they could. If that meant striat out of the still or as a finished product they were always interested in turnover. So, if back then there were distributors that needed a certain style(real young to old) Kinsey would have sold it to them with a smile. While, the young stuff needs little explaination, aged and bottled products would wholesale for much more per volume...mostly because of the time and effort that was included in aging and bottling.

    Also, Myers could well have been a very large name in the early days of Kinsey. Which, would have Kinsey tagging along on the coat tails of Myers. It is hard to evaluate the situation without any knowledge of their relationship. Needless to say, distilleries wanted to produce the maximum volume and reep the profit margin. So, if Myers could unload large volumes in certain markets, Kinsey would be a fool not to get involved.

    As for Bib regulations....I don't believe the Gov. cares where the booze is made...as long as the correct DSP is listed. Many labels were made at other distilleries....even in todays market. There is alot more bourbon that switches hands than anyone knows or lets on.

    Also, distilleries are not an endevour that anyone could just jump into. Therefor, distilleries were co-oped to a certain degree. Take for example a fellow ownes a label or group of labels in a market within the US....he needs a supply of stock to keep his labels and market share. He would go to a distiller, who would hang the sign of the label owner up the day they were producing his supply.

    Finally, every distiller makes up their own minds to what they put on their label. Take HH for example...they still list more original distilleries than any other producer today. My Virgin 101 still lists Meadowlawn Distillery(Bardstown) as its origin. HH shows lots of respect when they do this sort of thing, IMO.
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    Re: Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    I was looking at the 1st pic on post #165 of the "my memories" thread where the distillery is pictured from the air. There are what appears to be at least four, 1 million barrel warehouses already on the site in 1937. Now, that is a lot of barrels. I might be tempted to say that Mr. Kinsey might have borrowed a few dollars to hook that kind of capacity up. I don't think BT even has half of that capacity, today.

    So, I could really understand if Mr. Kinsey was in the position to be a motivated seller of his products. Plus, from what Dave has conveyed, he was a man with a big plan. Which, culminated with the size of establishment that dwarfs almost every other distillery that I have ever researched.
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    Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    I guess we will never know the complete story. It is sad to know that Kinsey Pure Rye BIB was manufactured and promoted prior to prohibition but like Angelo Myers disappeared after prohibition.
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    All I can say is Angelo Myers is Long Dead and the Fact That I was able to talk to someone Who knew so much about him after NO ONE could do nothing but guess is very Good I would say. Al Landis is 90 yrs old and has a very clear mind and He was very close to his Father Hoarce and learned all these things. I would be willing to bet that Al is the only living Person who could tell us anything. On the Web they wonder if Angelo Myers was even real well here is some information that no one today would have known. Mr Kinsey and Him were very good friends, Mr Kinsey had never Distilled till he bought the farm there! He was in the Creamery bussiness most of his life before that, what better way to get your Product known in those days but to join with a Man who was a whiskey specialist to get his product tried! Once it caught on and the product always says as my one old bottle does Kinsey Whiskey as does my case, so he gets his product well known and after that Mr Myers just becomes a dealer for this great Whiskey however because of Prohibition it ended before they could do that and When Prohibition ended Jacob G Kinsey brands of Whiskey were well remembered and He started up as he was going to with only his name. Mr Myers was a bit older then him and just went off at prohibition never to be head of with Whiskey again. Kinsey Whiskey was when Prohibition ended so well liked that Continental Distilling Kept that brand name going after Buyiing Kinsey till the very end of their bussiness!

    Al Landis and His Son Ken wanted very Much for people to know about Jacob G Kinsey they to this day speak of him as Grandfather Jake. I myself feel very lucky to be the one that has put all these things together for History so that People can know as much of the real story as possible and what better place to get it then from people who were blood Relatives of Jacob G Kinsey. Like all stories there are always things we can't find out after so many years But knowing this much about Angelo Myers to me is amazing. I had no clue for many years but thanks to talking to Kinsey Family Relatives we now know about as much as we ever will and when you want to write a book which I would love to do about Kinsey & Publicker this is a very exciting Part! These People were Giants in a new Industry and their Names will live forever in History if I have my Way. Mr Kinsey was such a nice man I can well understnd his friendship with Angelo Myers and their like Interest in the making and selling of Great Whiskeys. One Thing Al Landis made very Clear to Me was that Jake Kinsey wanted more then anything to Make as good a Whiskeys as could be made when it came to cost or good, Good always came first.

    I want to personally Thank Al Landis his son Ken & Harold Ludolph ( Ludy ) for all the information they have given me and anymore they will! Also for their personal Insight into how great a man Si Neuman was and his vision that was what made Publicker Great and gave so many people a good life. Also I want to say the Very Best to Any of The Neuman family still living Mr Neuman was a hero to me and A Man Who Always Thought Big And Did It giving Publicker its great sucess! Mr Si Neuman Was A giant it his Time! There now are only 3 or 4 people old enough to get this info from and some of them can't remember so I am very Blessed to have been able to find those who do and talk with them.
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    Jacob G Kinsey & Angelo Myers & Kinsey Distillery

    Hi Dave,
    Does Al have any knowledge of why Kinsey Pure Rye BIB was not available after prohibition? Also, were other whiskies with KInsey on the label produced prior to prohibition?
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