After Nearly 40 Years, Distilling Returns To Maryland

With no more than a taste for good drink, brothers set out to revive a long-gone tradition while juggling their day jobs

By Jill Rosen, (The Baltimore Sun, 2/20/2011)

Christopher and Jonathan Cook are too young to remember the glory days of local liquor, when the unmistakable perfume of Maryland rye wafted over parts of Baltimore, when the sturdy spirit enjoyed status as the real man’s drink of the Chesapeake.

Even so, the brothers, who grew up on the Eastern Shore, are the best hope of reviving Maryland’s lost tradition.

The Cooks are poised to become the state’s first distillers in nearly 40 years, as they blend and bottle a recipe for a premium wheat vodka they’re calling Sloop Betty. The brothers know they are rewriting a chapter in Maryland history, even as they quench regional cocktail enthusiasts’ thirst for artisanal spirits and fulfill a dream shared by countless deskbound professionals — to use their hands to create something real.

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