Northforker: Shinn brandy honors a family legacy

01/07/2015 11:11 AM |
Julius Drover alambic brand and apple brandy from Shinn Estate Vineyard. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Julius Drover alambic brand and apple brandy from Shinn Estate Vineyard. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

During the roaring twenties, a young Wisconsin farmer by the name of Julius Drover was hard at work making a profit off thirsty mid-westerners and dodging pistol-waving Prohibition agents.

Drover and his father had built a still on their family farm and grew their own corn and rye to make black market booze, a successful venture in the era of flappers and speakeasies.

“They called themselves whiskey farmers,” said Drover’s grandson David Page, co-owner of Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck.

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