National Bootleggers Day - January 17


National Bootlegger’s Day is celebrated annually on January 17.

When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages on January 17, 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high-caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as TEMPLETON RYE, or “THE GOOD STUFF” to those in the know. Alphonse Kerkhoff was one of those Templeton outlaws.
Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became Al Capone’s whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire. Templeton Rye is based on the original Prohibition era Kerkhoff recipe. It is aged in charred new oak barrels for a smooth finish…and a clean getaway.

January 17 is not only the birthday of Templeton Rye, but it’s also the birthday of Al Capone as well as the original Bootlegger’s son Meryl Kerkhoff.  Please join our community of enthusiasts at the Bootlegger’s Society:


Share a bottle of Templeton Rye with friends.  Post photos on social media using #bootleggersday or #templetonrye


National Bootlegger’s Day was submitted by Infinium Spirits and proclaimed by the Registrar of National Day Calendar in June, 2015.