Embracing Baseball’s Legacy: The Official Bourbon of The Mets, Whiskey Raiders, Revives NY’s 1st Post-Prohibition Distillery

Embracing Baseball’s Legacy: The Official Bourbon of The Mets, Whiskey Raiders, Revives NY’s 1st Post-Prohibition Distillery

A Historical Distillery Tribute to the Great American Pastime

It’s an exciting time for lovers of history, spirit and sport! Historic New York Distilling has partnered with iconic Major League Baseball team the New York Mets to launch its first-ever official bourbon. This intriguing combination sees the coming together of passion, tradition, excellence in craftsmanship, and of course, baseball.

The Distillery’s Fabulous Backstory

New York Distilling is not just any distillery. Prohibition-era laws hadn’t stopped the distilling of spirits in the Empire state until the establishment of the first distillery in New York after the end of Prohibition. And it wasn’t for a lack of enthusiasm or patrons. Prohibition laws, spanning 1920-1933, heavily restricted the production, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages, totalling a grim 13 dry years for aficionados of spirits and brews. However, once it ended, New York Distilling seized the opportunity and led the revival of spirit-making in the state.

Understanding the Charm of Bourbon

Having established itself firmly in the realm of spirit making, the distilling giant turned its attention to bourbon – a spirit that unquestionably stands as one of America’s greatest contributions to the world of alcoholic beverages. For the uninitiated, bourbon is a type of American whiskey, primarily made from corn and aged in new charred oak barrels. It’s known for its characteristic rich, smooth, and slightly sweet flavor portfolio, making it a favorite among whiskey connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. Thus, it was this spirit that New York Distilling chose as its offering in homage to baseball – another unmistakable American original.

The Official Bourbon of The Mets

With no detail missed, the distillery worked in unison with the New York Mets to bring to life this special vintage, crowned as the Official Bourbon of The Mets. This legal, delightfully intoxicating marriage of baseball and bourbon has brought delight to the hearts of fans of both worlds. It’s the distillery’s way of honoring and carrying forward the city and the team’s rich history, one sip at a time.

Baseball Meets Bourbon – A Spirited Combination

On the surface, the pairing may seem odd. A sport and a spirit? How do they connect? For starters, both baseball and bourbon are deeply woven into the fabric of American tradition and heritage. They bring people together in shared enthusiasm and camaraderie. As the distilling company continues to forge an exclusive path through innovative combinations of beloved societal elements, the announcement of the Official Bourbon of The Mets hardly comes as a surprise. It is an ode to the shared love for high-quality bourbon and great baseball, and a toast to the spirits (pun intended) of both worlds, only fitting for the greatest city in the world – New York.

Embracing the Legacy

They didn’t just stop at announcing the association. Both teams – the distillers and the ballplayers – took it a step further by revealing the bourbon at a very special event. It beautifully showcased the spirit of the drink as well as the spirit of the sport, and it served as a fitting tribute to the enduring allure baseball has held for people over the last century and more.


In a city that’s known as the melting pot of culture, style, and unforgettable experiences, the birth of the Official Bourbon of The Mets by the first post-Prohibition distillery marks a genuinely unique chapter. It’s a bold stroke that marries great American traditions, much to the delight of fans and connoisseurs across both fields. Whether you’re a diehard Mets fan, a whiskey enthusiast, or just someone who enjoys good bourbon, this creative collaboration is sure to inspire and stimulate your senses. So raise your glasses, say cheers, and enjoy a taste of New York!

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  1. As a baseball enthusiast, I am thrilled to discover the Whiskey Raiders’ Official Bourbon of The Mets. The fact that it revives New York City’s first post-prohibition distillery makes it even more special. Not only does it beautifully honor the Yankees’ and Mets’ legacy, but it also gives us the opportunity to be part of a timeless tradition. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this handcrafted whiskey and experience the flavors that pay homage to the rich baseball history of the city.

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Written by Olivia Taylor

Olivia Taylor has been writing about bourbon for the past five years and has become an expert in the field. She is passionate about educating people about the history and culture of bourbon and loves to share her knowledge with others. Olivia is also an avid traveler and has visited many of the world's top bourbon distilleries. She is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the American Whiskey Trail. Olivia is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a degree in English Literature. She currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, where she enjoys exploring the city's vibrant bourbon culture.

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