Long before the era of high-tech streetcars and smart city allure, Kansas City was on the cusp of a different renaissance, one fueled by jazz, baseball and, remarkably, liquor. Prohibition officially prevented the sale of alcohol throughout the country, but the crafty community of 1920s KC—led by political boss Tom Pendergast—collectively looked the other direction during its heyday. The good times flowed as freely as the Pendergast-produced spirits.
The craft distilling scene is booming once again—this time fully legal, thankfully—with a few familiar faces that have returned to their pre-Prohibition glory, plus plenty of newcomers, too.
Raise a toast to the new golden age of Kansas City spirits.