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Our Story

Here at Repeal, we take pride in offering the ultimate bourbon & burger experience using exclusive ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic and right here in our own backyard. We proudly serve locally farmed mushrooms, free-range eggs, and fresh herbs and vegetables. As well as, pickles, bourbon chili, sauces, and handmade 100% grass-fed beef burgers. All made with passion and care, take a journey through your senses while indulging in our three-time (and counting) award-winning burgers, small-batch booze selection, and handcrafted cocktails made with our impressive collection of rare, top-shelf spirits and of course… whiskey.

A wee bit of history… Formally known as the National Prohibition Act of 1919, the Volstead Act was passed by congress, overriding President Woodrow Wilson’s veto on October 28, 1919. The act established the legal definition of intoxicating liquors, as well as penalties for producing them. Although the Volstead Act prohibited the sale, manufacture, and distribution of alcohol, the Federal Government lacked resources to enforce it. While prohibition was successful in reducing the amount of liquor consumed, it stimulated the proliferation of rampant underground, organized, and widespread criminal activity.

Many were astonished and disenchanted with the rise of the spectacular gangland crimes, like Chicago’s Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929, because the prohibition was supposed to reduce crime. The prohibition lost its advocates one by one, while the wet opposition talked of personal liberty, new tax revenues from legal beer and liquor sales, and the scourge of organized crime.

On March 22, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law, legalizing beer and wine with the Cullen-Harrison Act. On December 5,1933, ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, thus ending prohibition and giving moonshiners and distillers the legal right to produce with proper licensing, giving birth to the industry we know today.

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