Amos Giles was an impious man, distilling rum on the Sabbath, paying his employees with liquor and selling bibles from his counting room. After his employees finally walked out in anger, he unknowingly hired a gang of demons to operate his distillery. The demons decided to play a trick on Old Deacon Giles, secretly branding his barrels with messages of damnation that glowed with an unholy light when tapped. This story, first published in 1835, was purported to have been a vision of George B. Cheever, a young firebrand minister in Salem who went on to be a leader in both the temperance and anti-slavery movements. The story created a great uproar, as it was apparent to most that it was a thinly veiled lambasting of a popular local businessman. Cheever was whipped in the street and convicted of libel, but his story was reprinted numerous times under the title, “The Dream, or, the True History of Deacon Giles´ Distillery.”
Deacon Giles Distillery was founded on the desire of two friends and colleagues in the craft industry to return to tradition by reviving an historic industry while embracing our modern environment. We wanted to roll up our sleeves and craft something exceptional using our own hands, uniquely infused with our personalities and steeped in history. We create spirits that speak for themselves, and say something about the people who make them as well as those who enjoy them.