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We are releasing every ones favorite Spring Summer seasonal gin at the distillery on Saturday 3/29! If […]

Come join us at Trohv Friday 3-14 for a localist party. There will be a celebration of […]

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE We are open at the distillery for sales 12/19-12/20 and 12/23 9-4. Your last day […]

The distillery will be closed Thursday-Sunday. We are teaming up with Union Market this weekend for the […]

We will be releasing our second seasonal on November 2nd here at the distillery. Our gin and […]

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The Man in the GREEN HAT Washington Bootlegger, Whistleblower, History Maker

When George Cassiday returned from World War I, he needed a job. With the nation gripped by Prohibition, a friend suggested he try supplying bootleg liquor on Capitol Hill. Word spread quickly and Cassiday soon had a number of Congressmen — “wet” and “dry” — as clients.

By 1920 Cassiday went “in-house” with an office in the basement of the House Office Building to supply thirsty lawmakers. On one of his train trips back from NYC with “supplies,” Cassiday set his suitcase down a bit too hard and broke several bottles. A fellow traveler said, “Say, buddy, your clothes are leaking.” The Feds weren’t there to see the spill … but his luck wouldn’t hold much longer.

Eventually word about Cassiday’s cozy setup got out and in 1925 the Capitol Police caught him carrying booze into the Cannon Building. The dapper Cassiday was arrested wearing his signature green felt hat, earning him the moniker “The Man in the Green Hat.” Banned from the House, Cassiday promptly moved his operation to the Senate Office Building.

Cassiday found senators more discreet than their House colleagues, using a page or staffer to make the deal. But the feds caught on and in early 1930 Cassiday was arrested in the Senate parking lot with 6 bottles of gin. But he never spent a night in jail — courtesy, we suspect, of his long-time Capitol Hill friends.

A week before a crucial mid-term election in 1930, Cassiday wrote a series of front page articles for the Washington Post. “The Man in the Green Hat” detailed his 10-year career supplying bootleg liquor to 4 out of 5 lawmakers — and exposed the hypocrisy of a Congress flaunting the rules it imposed on America. The voters threw out the “dry” majority and set the nation on the path to Repeal!

 

Many thanks to Garrett Peck, Prohibition in Washington, D.C. — How Dry We Weren’t and the website of the US Senate Historical Office.



DC: Prohibition's Capital City

Washington had a special place in Prohibition history. New York and Chicago get all the notoriety because of organized crime warfare, but as is the case today, Washington was a little more discreet in its excesses—and never grew a local bootlegging mob. Read about our gin’s namesake, The Man in the Green Hat, the 1920s Bootlegger to Congress.

A few more DC Prohibition facts:

  • Since the District was even more of a Congressional fiefdom in the early 20th century, Prohibition started here earlier and lasted longer than the national ban. It began more than 2 years early in Nov. 1917 and ended 3 months late in March 1934. The Washington Post wrote, “Somehow or another, despite 17 years without it, Washingtonians seemed to hold their liquor quite well.”
  • Prohibition saw the rise of U Street, the “Black Broadway,” with the Lincoln and Howard Theatres, Club Bengazi, and Ellington, Armstrong, Fitzgerald and Calloway headlining a Jazz Age and speakeasy culture that rivaled the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Amateur entrepreneurs thrived under Prohibition … if they avoided jail. Before Prohibition in 1917 there were only 267 bar-rooms licensed in DC, but in 1931 alone, 1155 speakeasies were busted. One well-known speakeasy was the Tune-Inn on Pennsylvania Ave SE. During Prohibition it was a candy store, a fitting front for the real sweets in the basement.
  • If you wanted a quality drink, you got yourself invited to an embassy party. The embassies and their staffs were exempt from the Volstead Act and were able to get supplies shipped from their home countries.
  • Short Film about George Cassiday

Want to know more about Prohibition in DC? Go on one of Garrett Peck’s Prohibition Tours and check out his book, Prohibition in Washington, D.C. — How Dry We Weren’t.


The Craft is Professional THE PASSION IS PERSONAL

New Columbia Distillers is a family business owned by Michael Lowe and his wife, Melissa Kroning and John Uselton and his wife, Elizabeth Lowe.

John and Michael come to their passion for craft distilling by wearing many hats in the restaurant and liquor business—not to mention the military and legal worlds. From Houston to Boston to Washington, John has worked in all capacities of front-of-house restaurant work—from humble busboy to award-winning bar- tender to savvy manager. Michael spent a couple of years on a Navy submarine and a few more at private DC law firms. He retired from the law in 2008, bought himself several cocktail books and started investigating the art and science of distilling.

In 2011 John and Michael were the first to bring craft distilling to DC. After a brief apprenticeship with Dry Fly Distillery, they located a home for their distillery in a 90-year-old warehouse near the Art Deco landmark Hecht Co. warehouse on New York Ave. When they learned the history of The Man In The Green Hat, they knew they had a name for DC’s own signature gin.



A Blend of STYLE and SUBSTANCE

Our gin is a truly unique artisanal spirit. Each batch of Green Hat Gin is crafted in our small DC distillery. The result is a super-premium gin that excels both in the finest cocktails and with a small cube in the gin-lover’s neat glass.

We mill the highest quality soft winter wheat fresh for each batch and mash it in a temperature-controlled process to release the sugars needed for fermentation. The mash is then fermented to create the “beer” that feeds our distillation process.

After being concentrated and clarified in our traditional copper pot still, two more distillations transform the crystal spirit into a refined and gently aromatic gin. In the final distillation, we suspend our hand-selected botanicals inside the still to allow passing spirit vapors to gently extract the right flavor and scent notes.

Finished with chill filtering and bottled by hand at the distillery, Green Hat Gin is a Washington original. Cheers!

Distilled by Hand from 100% Grain and Select Botanicals in Small Batches in a Copper Pot Still. This classic spirit is the modern gentleman’s perfect life-style accessory.

Hand-made from grain to glass, each numbered batch of Green Hat Gin is crafted step-by-step over a one month period, featuring a clear juniper nose, hints of citrus lightness and coriander spice, a vague recollection of root botanical earthiness, a subtle note of grains of paradise pepperiness, an herbal whisper of celery, and a rewarding complexity. The result is a super-premium gin that excels both in the finest cocktails and with a small cube in the gin-lover’s neat glass.

Distilled by Hand from 100% Grain and Select Botanicals in Small Batches in a Copper Pot Still. This limited edition gin is the essential seasonal addition to your bar.

Hand-made from grain to glass, this seasonal edition of Green Hat Gin is a unique expression of gin, featuring a clear juniper nose, floral cherry blossom and clover notes, the aromas of sun-baked rosemary, and a bright zestiness from fresh citrus. The result is a seasonally appropriate super-premium gin that makes a worthy limited addition to a gin-lover’s bar.

Distilled by Hand from 100% Grain and Select Botanicals in Small Batches in a Copper Pot Still. This limited edition gin is the essential seasonal addition to your bar.

Hand-made from grain to glass, this seasonal edition of Green Hat Gin is a unique expression of gin, featuring the distinct scent of juniper, powerful earthy notes of caraway and rye grain, exotic spicing and the mellowness that only barrel aging brings. The result is a seasonally appropriate super-premium gin that makes a worthy limited addition to a gin-lover’s bar.

THE CLASSICS Gin Cocktails.

the Classic

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Gin 2 1/2 oz
  • Dry Vermouth 1/4 oz
  • green olive/a twist of lemon peel
  • ice cubes 6

Directions
Into a mixing glass, toss a handful of ice cubes, then pour in the Gin and the Vermouth. Stir well. Strain and pour into a martini glass. To finish, either drop a green olive into the bottom of the martini glass OR arrange a twist of lemon peel on the edge of the martini glass.

the Rickey

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Gin 1 1/2 oz
  • fresh lime 1/2
  • handful of ice
  • carbonated water or club soda

Directions
Add ice to a highball glass. Squeeze in lime juice and drop in half of lime. Add gin and top off with club soda.

the Fresh Gimlet

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Gin 2 oz
  • fresh lime juice 1/2 oz
  • simple syrup 1/4 oz

Directions
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. May also be served on the rocks, if preferred. Garnish with a lime twist.

the Pegu Club

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Gin 2 1/2 oz
  • orange Curacao 1/2 oz
  • fresh lime juice 1/2 oz
  • dash Angostura bitters
  • dash orange bitters

Directions
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, and strain into a chilled glass.

SIGNATURE MIXES Gin Cocktails.

the White Negroni

JP Fetherston, Southern Efficiency.
Ingredients

  • Green Hat Gin 1 1/2 oz
  • Salers  Gentiane 3/4 oz
  • Orchard Pear Liqueur 1/2 oz

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir and strain into chilled glass. Garnish with fresh sage leaf.

the Cuore

Kat Hamidi, Etto

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Gin 1 3/4 oz
  • Cynar 1 oz
  • White Vermouth 3/4 oz
  • Seville OrangeJuice 1/2 oz

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake gently and strain over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Blue Bonnet

Joe Croson Red Oak Bistro

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Gin 1.5 oz
  • Agave Necter 1 Tbl
  • Meyer Lemon Juice 1 oz
  • 20 Blueberries
  • 5 small Individual Fennel Fronds

Directions
Shake all the ingredients hard with ice until blueberries are macerated completely and gin turns light purple. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a small fennel frond skewered through a blueberry.

the Fascinator

Erin Lingle, 

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Gin 1 1/2 oz
  • Cointreau 1/2 oz
  • Campari 1/4 oz
  • Fresh Lime Juice 3/4 oz

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled glass.

SEASONAL Gin Cocktails.

the Martinez

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Fall/Winter 2 oz
  • Red Vermouth 3/4 oz
  • bar-spoon Maraschino Liqueur
  • Orange Bitters

Directions
Add ingredients to a chilled mixing glass along with ice. Stir thoroughly and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

the Trident

Robert Hess

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Fall/Winter 1 oz
  • Cynar 1 oz
  • Dry Sherry 1 oz
  • Orange Bitters

Directions
Add ingredients to a chilled mixing glass along with ice. Stir thoroughly and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

the Virginia 75

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Fall/Winter 1 oz
  • fresh lemon juice 1/4 oz
  • Maple Syrup 1/4 oz
  • Dry Virginia Sparkling Cider

Directions
Shake all ingredients except cider with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with cider and garnish with a dried apple slice.

the Old Bay Ridge

David Wondrich

Ingredients

  • Green Hat Fall/Winter 1 1/2 oz
  • Rye Whiskey 1 oz
  • Simple Syrup 1 Tsp
  • Aromatic or Black Walnut Bitters

Directions
Combine simple syrup and bitters in a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Add ice and spirits and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist.

News

We are releasing every ones favorite Spring Summer seasonal gin at the distillery on Saturday 3/29! If you did not get a chance to have this seasonal last year, we are giving you another chance! This citrus and floral gin is made with cherry blossoms, clover blossoms, rose petals. rose hips and lots of citrus tied together with fresh rosemary and of course juniper. We will get the party started at 1:00 and be selling bottles and giving tours till 4:00. Come out say “hi” and get a taste of Seasonal and year round gin.

What Saturday is too far away for you? Well you are in luck, we have two seasonal preview events. On Wednesday we will be at an event at Boundary Road on H street starting at 5:00. Their awesome staff will be whipping up specialty cocktails and we will be on hand to talk gin or whatever strikes your fancy. North East not your hood? The fine folks at Meridian Pint are hosting us on Thursday. Think they are a beer bar? Well they do great cocktails with our gin and have been one of our biggest supporters. We are excited to go hang for a night with them and some cocktails.

Come join us at Trohv Friday 3-14 for a localist party. There will be a celebration of all things local. We will be making cocktails and 3 Stars will be there pouring beer.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

We are open at the distillery for sales 12/19-12/20 and 12/23 9-4. Your last day this year to come for Saturday Tastings, Tours and Sales will be on 12/21 from 1-5. We will be closed from 12/24-1/1 for the holidays. Gin makes a great gift, so come down and get something special for that someone special.

The distillery will be closed Thursday-Sunday. We are teaming up with Union Market this weekend for the Thread event at Dock5. We will be making cocktails to enjoy while you peruse the rows of designers and artisans. This would be a much more civilized way to spend your “Black Friday”. The event will run Friday 1-8, Saturday 11-8 and Sunday 11-5. We will be doing several different cocktails with both our year round gin and the Ginavit, fall/winter seasonal. We will also have bottles on sale for purchase at the event.

http://unionmarketdc.com/thread/

We will be releasing our second seasonal on November 2nd here at the distillery. Our gin and aquavit hybrid aka Ginavit was then aged in used Lairds apple brandy barrells. You dont want to miss the chance to get one of the most delicious and interesting gins we have had in a long time. We will of course be open from 1-4 for tastings tours and of course sales. There will be limited distribution in DC but there is very little to go around. Hope to see you at the distillery.

We are going on vacation for some well deserved RnR. The distillery will be closed from August 25 till September 2. We will not have open tastings or tours on August 31st. If you want gin direct from the distillery including some of the last of the spring/summer please visit us on August 24. It has been a wonderful summer for us at New Columbia Distillers, thank you for all the support. We will be back and open for tastings and tours September 7.

There are a number of events coming up hang out with Green Hat Gin. Look through our events tabs for the details of all the festivities.silver fox

The biking around town series from PoPville came to visit us this week. See what he had to say and how you might want to ride on over to the distillery on your Velo.

April 15, 2013, Washington, D.C.

DC’s Distillery to Release a New Seasonal Gin

DC’s own New Columbia Distillers is pleased to announce that it will release its Spring/Summer 2013 limited production gin at the distillery on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

“This is a great gin for warm weather drinks like a Gin & Tonic, Gin Rickey or Southside,” said John Uselton, Co-Owner and Distiller.  “The new recipe for this batch has additional floral notes, including Spring cherry blossoms, three different citrus peels, rosemary and a bit of pepper.  It’ll be bottled at a higher proof to go great in tall drinks.”  The new gin will be labeled with the familiar Green Hat Gin name, but specially designated “Spring/Summer 2013″.

“We will release special new gins like this only in small batches here at the distillery,” said Uselton.  “We are very excited about our first seasonal.”  The new Green Hat will be available for purchase at the distillery at 1832 Fenwick St. NE in Washington at 1pm on Saturday, 4/20.  It will be available at selected liquor stores, bars and restaurants in DC starting the week of April 22.
New Columbia Distillers is the first distillery in DC in a century.  It started producing award-winning Green Hat Gin in October 2012.  The distillery is open for tastings and tours Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4pm.

Listen to Michael on the Kojo Nnamdi show with Becky from Catoctin Creek and Chris of Blackwater distilling. WAMU also came and did a little filming, see it here.

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