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Veterans Day Salute: Haskell's, Soldiers, and Missing Whiskey from WWII

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 11, 2019 9:25:00 AM

In honor of Veterans Day, we'd like to share this story about Haskell's, World War II, a veteran named Armand Crump — and some missing whiskey. Special thanks to Dave Arundel for the write-up of this fascinating story.

Here is a story that you likely have never heard, about a remarkable man, Armand Crump, as well as Benny Haskell, the founder of Haskell's, along with his wife, Fritzi Haskell. 

The Story Begins in 1942

In 1942 - at age 18 - Armand Crump was sent by the Army Air Force to Yale University to attend Aircraft Engineering Officer School. After completion of a one year course, he joined the Army Air Force with the rank of 2nd lieutenant. He ended up at Biggs Field, the Army Air Force base in El Paso, Texas. At the ripe old age of 21, Armand was in charge of keeping 16 B29 bombers ship shape and ready to enter combat. He had 150 mechanics and 2 clerks under his command.

The war had ended in Europe and the word was that Armand’s B29’s were going to be leaving soon, assigned to the war in the Pacific. Armand’s mechanics were getting antsy, word had come back from the Pacific that alcoholic libations were in short supply. A couple of the mechanics came to the boss with this idea – “let’s take a collection, and buy a bunch of liquor to take with us when we fly out to the Pacific.”  Simple enough plan. The clerks mimeographed a couple grids. Money was collected and accounted to each man, and even favorite beverages were listed.

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Strong Cocktails for Tax Day

Posted by Beau Farrell on Apr 13, 2015 4:28:15 PM

Stiff Drinks to Take The Edge Off 

Whoa, are you clenching your teeth after shelling out some clams to Uncle Sam? Or maybe you’re still stressed, because
you pushed your tax returns up until the last minute. It seems like everybody gets a little bit more stressed around Tax Day, and sometimes a strong cocktail can help take away the immediate pain of paying out. We’ve put together some great cocktail ideas that can take the edge away from your momentary worries and help your relax and be in the moment.

Sip, savor, relax:

  • Tequila
    If your only experience with tequila is in the form of shots with salt and lemon, stop right here. A good tequila is worth sipping and savoring. In the Mexican tradition, drink it neat. We have plenty of high quality bottles to match your mood.
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A Look Back at Industry Pioneer Fritzi Haskell

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 27, 2015 10:23:00 AM

CEO Jack Farrell Looks Back at Haskell's Founder Fritzi Haskell

The name on our stores has a long tradition and a wonderful history. It's the name of Fritzi Haskell. "Fritzi was a real pioneer in the wine business. She brought in the first container of wines into the USA after prohibition," says CEO of Haskell's Jack Farrell. "She was promoting wine while the rest of the country was getting over moonshine and bathtub gin."

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Beer 101: What’s All the Fuss About Craft Beer?

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 4, 2015 9:56:17 PM

Making Sense of Minnesota’s Craft Beers 

The craft beer movement has exploded in Minnesota, especially in the Twin Cities. Local breweries are opening from Duluth to St. Paul to Bemidji to Mankato. It’s not surprising. This new generation of brewers is simply
carrying on our state’s rich tradition of brewing beer, and it means you have more options than ever when you’re looking to choose a great tasting brew.

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