Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's get to the news of the day. Erik and Avianna Wolfe of Lititz, PA are a couple that has a true love for whiskey- and not just any whiskey, quality whiskey that echos that which was made in this area pre-Prohibition. In fulfilling the dream of operating a distillery that crafts fine whiskies, they have picked up the Bomberger's name. Most [Schaefferstown] Michter's fans will recognize Bomberger's as the actual and correct name of the distillery in Schaefferstown and the name by which it is saved as a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Place. In continuing with this lineage, they were united with Dick and Elaine Stoll, who were both employees of Michter's- Dick being Master Distiller and Elaine being a tour guide. Both Dick and Elaine brought much help to the table and to their recently released whiskey. When the guy that distilled A.H. Hirsch speaks, you listen!
Several months ago, the folks at the modern Michter's, who very cautiously guard their name and other names that were associated with Michter's, began bottling a "Bomberger's Declaration" whiskey and filed for the name. It would seem obvious this was a move by Michter's to create confusion in the marketplace and also encroach on the blossoming Bomberger's Distillery and Bomberger's whiskey bottled by the Wolfes. Erik, through his legal team, sent a letter asking that Michter's would stop using the Bomberger's name as they (The Wolfes) are already using it and were granted government approval to use it. The response was not nice. Michter's simply told them that they would not stop using the name and told the Wolfes to instead stop using it. Since specifics of this legal battle are already covered by other writers, I will simply provide the links to their factual, correct, and well-written articles. I am doing this because I really would like you to read their articles too to gain an even broader view of what's at play here.
Check out Fred Minnick's post here:
And the straight-to-the-point post from Thebourbontruth here:
Both of these posts have links or information leading to government approval dates and also exact quotes form the cease and desist letters so you can judge for yourself. My vote? Bomberger's Distillery and Erik and Avi and Dick and Elaine are the real deal and care truly about their whiskey and the real history of Bomberger's Distillery and Michter's Distillery of Schaefferstown, PA. The folks at Michter's in Kentucky? I think they need to stop worrying so much about others and concentrate on getting their own history correct. Until Michter's stops using the Bomberger's name and also stops sending nasty letters to anyone they feel threatened by, I will not purchase any of their products- and I ask you do the same and to also tell your whiskey friends. Remember, when you pick up a bottle of Bomberger's, make sure it was bottled in Lancaster, PA. THAT is the REAL DEAL.
PS- How does the Bomberger's Whiskey taste? Pretty damn good. It's a blend of young (About 2-2.5 years old) bourbon from Midwest/LDI in Indiana and rye from Finger Lakes Distilling in New York state. The whiskey is finely crafted and blended to just the right balance. You get the nice spice and herbal pop of the rye, but the young bourbon adds a wonderful sweetness and nice syrupy flavor to it. If you can find a bottle, buy it.
Obligatory random Michter's picture:
Yep, that's Elaine Stoll holding the sign in the Jug House back in the 70's!