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Prohibition Rye Whiskey Found In Basement

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 3/25/2013A basement full of history was found in an old mansion near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cases of whiskey from before prohibition! We're talking about booze bottled in 1912. But as Ashlie Hardway shows us, the mansion's caretaker stole some of it and is now under arrest. Down the stairs at industrialist J.P. Brennan's Scottdale mansion is the jackpot. "The whiskey itself. It's all in the original paper sleeves," says Rick Bruckner, a chef and innkeeper. Distilled in 1912 by the West Overton Distilling Company, this Old Farm Pur Rye was kept a secret. "This is the whiskey that they discovered back here in the walls," says Bruckner. For nearly 100 years. "So, the whiskey was buried right back here under these stairs. They were doing renovations down here for the plumbing and electrical and they had to rip out underneath the stairs. And whenever they did, they discovered 9 cases of the old farm, pure rye whiskey," says Bruckner. It was stashed during prohibition. Aside from just bing awesome, it's historic. Brennan was buddies with Frick and Carnegie. "The story with this isn't just 'hey, we have some really old whiskey. It's 'hey, we have some really old, historical whiskey,'" says Buckner. Hardway asks, "So there were some very important men, kind of the founders of industrial Pittsburgh, who were in this house, drinking this whiskey?" "Yes, probably yes. I don't doubt it for a second," says Bruckner. But police say this history was disturbed when someone drank it. Scottdale Police chargwed Jogn Saunders with stealing and drinking 48 bottles of it. Saunders used to rent the basement at the mansion, which is now known as South Broadway manor, a bed and breakfast. Police also requests Saunders pay for the $102,000 worth of whiskey he drank. The rest, remains on display at the B&B. "It's going to stay here for now and hopefully a very, very long time," says Bruckner.  
   
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