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Whiskey & War Stories


Days after 9/11, a group of 12 Green Berets rode into Afghanistan on horseback. The mission, completed by these Horse Soldiers, inspired a book (Horse Soldiers; by Doug Stanton), a movie (12 Strong) and a 9/11 monument.


Today, members of the Horse Soldier team have banded together to form American Freedom Distillery. The distillery offers award winning bourbon in bottles pressed with molds forged from steel from the Twin Towers.


On Monday, June 6th, you have the opportunity to meet Vince Makela, one of the original 12 Horse Soldiers. Hear Vince’s stories about war, bourbon and family while enjoying a spread of hors d'oeuvres perfect for pairing with the three Horse Soldier Bourbons.

We have partnered with Cured Catering, a local catering company, to provide Hand Selected Cured Meats, Artisan Cheeses, Crispy Pork Belly and Brussel Sprouts, Bourbon Glazed Chicken, Ahi Pork Nachos and more.


Come hear the incredible origins of this fantastic bourbon from one of the 12 Green Berets himself and take home a signed bottle of Horse Soldier Straight!


These bottles are beautiful and designed with symbolic meaning, from their broad shoulders to the hatchet and arrows, they are truly eye-catching.

Join us for this honorary event and take home your very own signed bottle of Horse Soldier Straight. Click here for tickets.








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