New Columbia Distillers, the first Washington D.C. distillery in nearly a century, is set to start up production on its first offering, Green Hat Gin. Founders Michael Lowe and John Uselton named the gin after D.C. Prohibition-era bootlegger George Cassiday.
Fittingly, Cassiday was responsible for providing liquor to members of congress during the 1920s and 1930s. His affinity for wearing a green fedora was what inspired the name Green Hat Gin.
Eventually the Ivy City neighborhood distillery will offer a variety of seasonal gins and hopes to begin aging a rye and bourbon whiskey by the end of this year. The Green Hat Gin will be available by the end of August.
New Columbia Distillers’ Green Hat Gin Begins Production This Month, Washington City Paper