D.C. now has its own craft Green Hat Gin but the real man in the green hat was the congressional bootlegger during prohibition. George Cassiday was given a private room on the Capitol grounds and his own key in order to keep the nation’s lawmakers boozed up, even as they voted overwhelmingly to keep their voters dry.
Cassidy was eventually carted off to jail before writing five front page articles in the Washington Post exposing Congress for their hypocrisy. Those articles, in which he estimated serving illegal booze to four out of five lawmakers, eventually led to the repeal of prohibition.
In this Kickstarter extra Matt Laslo interviews author and historian Garrett Peck about his book, “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry we Weren’t.” Fittingly, the interview takes place under what’s been dubbed the “the ugliest” statue in the nation’s capital: The Temperance Fountain – a reminder of an era that changed the nation’s drinking culture and Washington forever.