Old Sunny Brook Bourbon Whiskey

Old Sunny Brook Bourbon Whiskey

In this post I want to share one of my favorite brands: Old Sunny Brook. It isn’t particularly hard to find and doesn’t excite many collectors but I’m a big fan of the evolution of this brand and its mascot, The Inspector.

In the photo above we have four bottles that represent very different eras in whiskey history. The half-pint bottle second from the left is from the pre-prohibition era and was actually distilled by The Sunny Brook Distillery Co. When prohibition hit, the vast majority of distillers went out of business and disappeared — but their whiskey did not. It was rounded up and purchased by a select few companies and stored in consolidation warehouses. One of the largest and most common of those companies was The American Medicinal Spirits Company, which hoarded countless barrels from just as many defunct distillers. The pint on the far left is a great example of an AMS bottle and has probably the best fill level of all the bottles in my prohibition pint collection.

Old Sunny Brook Bourbon Whiskey

The 1/10th pint miniature whiskey bottle is from the early 1940’s and is very common but notable because now the name is Old Sunny Brook¬†Brand and the distiller is National Distillers Products Corporation, which bought AMS in 1929. It is the first to claim it is Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in the set. The final bottle is from the 1970’s and is the first example to drop the “Old” in the name. The Inspector gets a make over on this bottle and looks much younger than its paternal looking predecessors. This bottle is once again distilled by The Old Sunny Brook Distillery Co., run by National Distillers until the brand was discontinued in 1975. For more in depth history of Old Sunny Brook, visit this fantastic article at Those Pre-Pro Whiskey Men.

Old Sunny Brook Inspector

12 Comments

  1. I have a less than a 1/2 pint unopened bottle if your interested

    • Jake, send photos via the contact form so I can see it. Thanks!
      Scott

  2. I have a bottle ( pint) I would like to sell the seal is in tact thank -you Lynn

    • Lynn, send me photos via the contact form. Thanks!

  3. My husband just found an empty bottle of Old Sunny Brook Brand in our attic! I was trying to find out how long it had been up there (which led me to stumbling on your website because I was searching anything about name). We are thinking it might have been left by a worker who built our house in 1949.

    • I don’t have an interest in empty bottles but you might make $20 on eBay with it.

      • I was not trying to sell it. I just thought it was an interesting find and when I was trying to search about the brand, I came across your website.

  4. Scott, I have a display bottle of Old Sunny Brook, about 30 inches in good shape, it looks like someone made a new wood cap for it and the glass is chipped away where it goes on. Don’t really care if it’s worth anything I don’t plan on getting rid of it, but is it worth anything

    • I have no idea what that would be worth. Maybe $30 on eBay. Hard to say. Feel free to send me pictures via the contact form.

  5. Do you have an e-mail where I can send a photo? I dont want to have to post the photo somewhere on the net

  6. My grandmother found her mothers old sunny brook brand stir sticks was wondering if anyone had info on them really neat wondering the history

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2014 WhiskeyBent.net