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  1. #761
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Inver House is now distributed by Barton Imports and Haller's Reserve is now made and distributed by Heaven Hill. It is no longer Continental product. It's the same scenario as Rittenhouse and Philadelphia Blended Whisky- HH has the name and produces it.
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    I am curious how those old bottles would have turned up in a PA State Store?

    Do they have old stock in warehouses that they try to move once in a while?
    Were there more than one bottle of each?

    http://www.abc.state.va.us/Pricelist...D_WHISKEY.html
    024078 Haller's Reserve 1.75L 86 $14.95

    008344 Inver House 375ml 80 $6.90
    008346 Inver House 750ml 80 $9.90
    008347 Inver House 1L 80 $10.95
    008348 Inver House 1.75L 80 $20.95

    I see them listed on this ABC store list....when were they last made?
    Evidently they never went away or are being made by others ...were the labels purchased?

    http://www.inverhouse.com/
    http://www.inverhouse.com/portfolio-whisky.php

    It may be that the current product bears no resemblance to the old (Haller's Country Fair was the full name...right?)
    Jono the Hallers Blended is made by I think Heaven Hills and it tasts nothing like our Original. The new stuff most times only has 25 percent straight whiskey ours was always at least 35 percent!
    Dave Z

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Well here are some more one of a kind shots in the big Bottle House and old one that Sandie sent me. I posted some earlier on the 1966 Bottle House thread so check them out to.
    1. Hand Labeling in The Old Kinsey Bottle House known as Happy House or HH.
    2. Ludy in the bottle house where he was a machine mechanic.
    3. The Old Chevy Van Sandie drove around when her and some of the guys went to work in the warehouses.
    4. Antifreeze bottling line using converted Whiskey bottling machines
    5. Connie working on a whiskey line with another girl Connie on the left
    6. The Strike
    7. Whiskey bottling machines converted and bottling Antifreeze
    8. Main Line to Apply Special State Liquor Stamps
    9. Fire Chief Calvin Roberts left and Frank Kurtas working the Antifreeze line
    it was Frank all those years before when I started there and he worked in Plant maintaince that fixed my car for me for nothing!
    10. My Old Friends Walt Harrinton left our Union stewart and the man that kept the Kinsey Benifit club going for injured workers and Bud Bergey Sandies Father! In the lunch room in the 1966 bottling house.

    These pictures take me back so quickly to the days of yesteryear and the people I worked with then as a Kid 19 just out of School. As you can see the Bottle House was always fairly clean and very well kept. It is sad to walk in her now and see nothing but ruin and damage from Vandels and Common thiefs who do not think they are doing anything wrong but I was always taught A Thief Is A thief.

    I wish everyone on this site could have seen the worlds biggest and largest Bottling house in action. Seen the hundreds of people 600 all working in harmony for a common goal the making and bottling of Great Spirits!
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Dave

    Your pictures and commentary are the next best thing to being there. I really enjoy your posts about Kinsey.

    As for the thieves a pox on them.
    Greg
    Southeast New Mexico

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I will soon have some more pictures as Butch has sent me some more Publicker plant pictures. All day I have been thinking about all those years ago working for Publicker and how proud I was to work for them.

    1967 was the year and I bought my first good car ever a 1963 chevy 2 door Belair stick on the colume thanks to working for Publicker. It was summer and I was taking the first paid vacation I ever had I taken, taking my Little sister and my Mom down to Atlantic city and I will never forget going over the Walt Whitman and seeing the Publicker Plant and thinking wow I work for them and saying to my Mom we are taking this first ever trip because I work for The Continental division of Publicker Industries. There was the famous neon sign going up the stack of the AA building saying, It Seems All The Nicest People Drink Old Hickory America's Most Magnificent Bourbon. And Andrew Jackson in Neon! I said to my Mom I am so Proud to work for them!.

    I will never forget those days and I am thankful for the great Job I had back then as a young man.

    In my office I have my pay stub from Dec 1969 and I well remember one of the engineers coming in my office and saying wow you made way more then I did right out of Drexel that year, that was the kind of place it was working for Continental and I have never forgotten or been more thankful to have had that chance as a young man back then!
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    Last edited by dave ziegler; 08-25-2011 at 20:06.

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    Post Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    While looking around Kinsey I discovered a Blue Print from July 1 1963 titled Continental Distilling Corp.
    half Pint Concave Flask Bottle. Part Number SH-79710
    I will be taking a picture of it to post soon and then I will frame it to save for History. It was laying with stuff that it looked like Vandels were going to destroy and ran out of time.
    I am now going to post some more Pictures inside the 1966 Bottle house showing all the terrible things Vandels have done since my first pictures inside there.
    Here are some pictures
    1. An Old Electric typewriter in the General office.
    2. On side of the Old Safety Sign next to the Lunch room.
    3. Old Candy Machine in the Bottling house Lunch room. Mike told me years after the place closed his dad walked in there and found coins in all the machines, that is how quick it closed and the Guy who owns the place abandoned it.
    4. Rotten candy bars in the machine
    5. Old Hot drinks machine
    6. Wall fell down knocking the Cold drinks machine over.
    7. An Old Computer in the Main offcie may have been the one that drove the Old Computer driven A-!-F bottling line which could do 40,000 bottles a day!
    8. Nurses station in bottling house cabinet.
    9. Old Cotton packs nurses station.
    10. Table with old medicines
    11. Markers on B wall start of Bottling lines stating what came through them. Whi for whiskey, scotch, and the proof coming through that line. I discovered these Lines on the platform with Mike somehow I never saw them before.
    12. Another marker for type and proof.
    13. Tank marker Rub Alcohol
    14. a ruined 1939/40 Explosion proof Telephone like the on I have but sadly ruined on the back incoming spirits wall.

    I found a blue print for a 1/2 pint flask which I will take a picture of and post soon, also I posted some more pictures on the fire tower thread today! ============================================

    When the place closed nothing was taken just locked and abandon, wish I could have gone there sooner as someone else got all the office papers with the brand listes but I am glad to be able to save what I have from Kinsey it is a work of Love!

    I have some more pictures yet to post next week.
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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Met up with Dave today and got a complete barrel from Continental. A huge thanks to Dave and the guys at the landscaping business in town!






    Here is the barrel before any work is done to it. I hope to fully refurbish the barrel so it is fully preserved for the future!
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    I am curious about the "Whisky" and "From Rye Mash"...is that correct?
    Could this have been a barrel for scotch refill? Or was Whisky the spelling used for the Continental barrels...rye, bourbon etc?

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    My guess was this was destined to be a flavoring whiskey for Canadian whisky and not Scotch since there is no rye mash whisky in Scotches.
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: My Memories of Kinsey Distilling

    Right, that makes sense. I was thinking that maybe the barrels were being sent to Scotland after having rye in them and the head reflected different stampings.

 

 

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