The Cardinal Club of Cumberland and Braddock Maryland Rye Whiskey

The Cardinal Athletic Club was founded in 1907 by a group of ten teenage boys, and was devoted to camping and other outdoor activities.

The club had social and meeting rooms in Miller’s Dance Hall, in the rear of N. Centre Street between Frederick and Bedford Streets. Many of the area’s finest musicians were members. For more about the Club, see the Whilbr page.

If you look closely at this 1910 photo of a Cardinal Club of Maryland outing, you can see several bottles of Braddock Maryland Rye Whiskey (Photo is from the collection of Angela and Albert Feldstein, with thanks.)

Braddock Maryland Rye, distilled in Cumberland by James Clark, was “the finest all-rye whiskey in the United States”, (according to a 1910 advertisement). There were dozens of whiskey distilleries in Maryland in the late 19th and early 20th century, and Braddock was by far the second largest.

“Since very early in the [nineteenth] Century the whiskies distilled in Maryland have been renowned…. The equable climate, remarkably soft water, together with the Superior rye grown on the uplands of Maryland, combine to make the product of her stills peerless among the whiskies of America”. (From the back label (c. 1900) of Waldorf Maryland Old Rye Whiskey.)

Maryland distillers have recently revived the art of creating rye whiskey, and several will be offering tastings and bottle sales at the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation. The Fest opens on Friday June 8, 6-10pm at Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland. The Fest is Allegany Museum’s major fundraiser.

A ticket to the Fest entitles you to sample offerings from a dozen whiskey, gin, brandy and vodka producers, and craft beers from Terrapin, Dogfish Head, Antietam, and Stone.  Bottle sales will be available.

You will be able to participate in live Colonial games, mingle with re-enactors, get souvenir photos, and take home a goody bag. Enjoy the open beer and wine bar, and continuous delicious canapes by Good Carma.

Only $50 per ticket ($75 at the door). Purchase through the Whiskey Rebellion Facebook page or www.whiskeyrebellioncumberland.org, or at the Book Center, Cumberland, or Main St Books, Frostburg.

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