Here it is 29 years since Continental stopped distilling Whiskey and I can only think back to those good old Days working there. Tonight being New Years eve I got out the only remaining bottle of Old Hickory I have and Had a shot after 30 years it is still wonderful Stuff. As much as I like Evan Williams there is something about Old Hickory that just tastes so right! Later tonight I will break out one of the Bottles of their Peanut Lolita that in the years after they when out I found digging in a pile of what was many bottles of all kinds of Liquor that they left behind only to Have Kids start a fire there in the Explosion proof Building it must have been many years before as when I dig through the Piles of Burnt bottles there was no smoke or smell and those old Building were closed and had bad ventilaion. And amazingly the Building did not get harmed it just must have burnt out back then. Every time I walk through memories of the old days get me thinking. Rememering dumping the Barrels in the trouths. It was really weird the one time I went into what was the old Government Building and there in the trouths were bits of Charcol from the last time 29 years ago they had dumped Barrels. It was a very sad thing as I remembered how we would roll them on the trouth get them just right to pour in. I guess no matter what I drink Old Hickory will always be special to me and I hope I can find another Old Bottle to buy sometime soon. Everything just sitting there in ruin and talk of knocking it all down just makes it feel worse. They were always great to work for never gave you a hard time and paid us well to. The other week I talked to one of the few Old timers that worked there He worked there from 1947 till 1967 and told me He worked on the old Kinsey still and about how during the War the Company feed the Mash to Steers out back in the old Pens that used to be there and the Meat went to the Man fighting in WWII. Publicker was very proud to be an American Company and was one of the Key group of Companies helping in the War those Years. Seeing it in Ruin is like watching an old Friend Dying very Hard but nothing you can do. When I walked through the last time I saw the Pine tree I used to mulch and it has grown to about 50 feet high someday they will just go through with the wrecking equipment and knock it all down. But I will keep the memories of the Place and its History as long as I am living. I even have a sign from old Building P hanging on my wall. Found it laying in the weeds brought it home and had it made to hang up. I have a old sprinkler from the 1892 Bottle house and a 100 year old Edison type Light bulb from the old 1892 Bottle house too. My large collection of bottles paper work the sprinkler from old #12 and everything else will some day go to the Getz they will be able to make a section just for Publicker and the History will go on. And It is still my hope to try and write a book about Publicker Industies if I live long enough to do it. I hope all of you have a great New Year I have not written much lately as having been very sick this past year but it is good to sit and write and remember.
As far as I can tell Publicker was the Only Company to make a Liquor that was Peanut and after laying in a Fire Pile for over 20 years it still tastes wonderful.