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Whiskey that honors our pioneering female bootleggers from long ago

Saint Liberty celebrates America’s Female Pioneers in whiskey during Prohibition and those freedoms both given and taken away in 1920.

We source the finest crafted whiskies from distilleries around the world and perfect them with the same pure water sources in the states of each of our honored female bootleggers.


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Our Story

 

Saint Liberty celebrates America’s founding ideas of Independence, Justice, and most of all, Liberty.

 
 

Liberty is “An expression of the American mind.”   The Founders saw Liberty as the opposite of tyranny. Freedom from dependence on another’s will. The ability to choose one’s own way without interference.

Liberty has become synonymous with Freedom and the American ideals of equality and democracy. It also became a symbol of the suffragettes, these women excluded from the political system as not having the right to vote, until 1920.  Saint Liberty symbolizes the hope for a better world and celebrates our early female pioneers in the industry. 

Saint Liberty was the hope and the light for a better future for so many immigrants, especially for the large portion of immigrants that found their way to the Montana Territory and the State of Montana.  It was Saint Liberty who looked over the souls from abroad and it was also Saint Liberty who guided our Montana heroines of Prohibition like Bertie Brown, Josephine Doody, Mary Ann Moriarity and Nora Gallagher who all produced some of the best hooch in the region.  With the abundance of wheat, barley and rye and the purest of water, there was no shortage of good whiskey and shine.  Saint Liberty gave these bootleggers the economic freedom to pursue their happiness and provide for their families.  Saint Liberty is the light that guides us all.

Saint Liberty Whiskey recognizes unsung female heroes by showcasing a real bootlegger and her story on each bottle of Saint Liberty Whiskey. We are proud to honor the courage and legacy of early Montanan bootleggers.

The 1920s was a decade characterized by freedoms granted, and freedoms taken away. While women secured the right to vote after nearly a century of protest, the 18th Amendment introduced Prohibition and a ban on all alcohol sales.

Under this cloud of repression, some industrious women took up the fight against Prohibition. Inspired by recent political gains, they used their passion for resistance to join the whiskey bootlegging trade. Operating kitchen stills and “home speaks,” these heroic women ensured that “hooch” never stopped flowing through the hills of Montana. 

 
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BERTIE “BIRDIE” BROWN‘S BEAR GULCH BOURBON

 
 

Our journey to celebrate the female pioneers of distilled spirits begins with Bertie Brown.  Bertie Brown - known as "Birdie" to her friends - was a woman of great courage.  She was as nice of a woman as they come.  Bertie arrived in the Montana Territory in 1898 from Missouri, while she was still in her twenties. She was one of very few young African American women who homesteaded alone in Montana in the 1913. Her homestead was located along Brickyard Creek in Fergus County.  During Prohibition, Birdie carved out a niche for herself.  Birdie was famous for her warm hospitality, her legendary parlor and for brewing what locals called the "best moonshine in the country." One day in 1933, just before Prohibition ended, a revenue officer came around and warned her to stop her brewing. But as Birdie multitasked, dry cleaning with gasoline and tending to her latest batch of hooch, fumes from the gasoline ignited and her kitchen exploded. Birdie was tragically burned in the fire and died shortly after. Today, her once orderly homestead stands in a state of disrepair in the hills of Montana, a memorial to the immortal spirit and kindness of Birdie Brown.

 
 
 

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OUR
BERTIE “BIRDIE” BROWN‘S 
BEAR GULCH BOURBON

Whiskey that honors our pioneering female bootleggers from long ago.

Our Bertie Brown’s, Bear Gulch Bourbon is crafted in Texas, just outside of Austin and perfected in Montana. We use the Same Pure Water Source from the Rocky Mountains that Bertie Used to Proof her Whiskey almost 100 Years Ago.

Our Bourbon is hand selected and aged 4 years in new oak barrels. Our whiskey is 70% corn, 27.5% rye and 2.5% malted barley.  Our grains are the finest Texas corn, Saskatchewan rye and North Dakota barley.

Then we proof our whiskey from barrel strength to a perfect 87 proof at our distillery in Lolo, MT.  

Raise a glass and enjoy responsibly

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Our Bottle

While trying to come up with a unique bottle that would stand out amongst all other brands our founder (Mark SoRelle) searched all over the globe for inspiration. As luck would have it he found an old antique pint bottle that jumped out at him and he purchased it for a whopping sum of $35 dollars.  He knew from the moment that he held it in hands that this was the design to honor Saint Liberty. We are confident that this bottle is exactly what we need to showcase Saint Liberty and our fine whiskies. We knew the product inside would have to match the quality of our bottle and we believe we’ve accomplished that with extremely high quality spirits.


 
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Contact us

For more information please use one of the following methods

Email: mark@saintlibertywhiskey.com
Tel: 214-929-1442

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