Courtesy of American Freedom Distillery

The whiskey is made by veterans and proceeds go to a memorial near Ground Zero

Tim Nelson
Updated: April 26, 2018

Does jet fuel burn hot enough to melt steel beams? Those who doubt the official story about what happened on September 11th, 2001 may never know for sure. But thanks to American Freedom Distillery, they can at least rest easy knowing that steal beams can forge glass bottles.

That’s because the St. Petersburg, Florida-based spirits purveyors are using steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center to shape the American-made glass that stores every bottle of their Horse Soldier Wheated Bourbon Whiskey. If you can get past judging a bourbon by its bottle, you’ll find a 95-proof eight year-aged spirit with a “robust and powerful flavor with a long, crisp finish of dark stone fruits, vanilla and oak.”

Thankfully, this is more than just a cynical attempt to cash in on a tragedy, as the veteran-owned brand has a legitimate connection to the events that followed that fateful day. American Freedom was founded by special forces operators who served in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11, and Horse Soldier takes its name from the horseback-mounted Green Beret units who toured the region.

That connection extends to how the bottle is sold. Some will be signed by some of the very commanders who served as horse soldiers. Proceeds will support the upkeep of the American Response Memorial, which commemorates the service of these same troops near the site of Ground Zero in lower manhattan.

Some will likely have trouble swallowing the fact that they’re drinking liquor with a tangible connection to 9/11. Given how those terrorist attacks fundamentally reshaped American life and politics in the years since, one can’t be blamed for drinking to forget rather than remember. Still, salute to American Freedom Distillery for their relatively tactful approach to an idea that would certainly be read as tone-deaf if executed by less qualified hands.


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