age
yes
yes

THIS IS A STORY OF OWEN MADDEN AND HIS LIFE IN NYC.

Owen “Owney” Madden grew up in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City at the turn of the 20th century.

He was a rambunctious young man. By his early 20s, he was a leader of the West Side's Gopher Gang.

By the time Prohibition was enacted, he was experienced in the ways of NYC’s underground economy.

Despite the heavy consequences, he took full advantage of the illicit entrepreneurial opportunities that the change in legislation provided.

Nick-named “The Killer” for his bad temper, Owney rose to power. He operated some illustrious Harlem speaks and bootlegged his own hooch.

However, most endearing to us, Owney was a rum runner. He smuggled Caribbean-made rum into the US via the shores of Rockaway Beach, NYC.

Thanks to him, rum started regaining popularity amongst Americans for the first time since the Colonial Era. Our rum pays homage to Owney as a figure in an important era in NYC’s rich history of imbibing. Cheers!