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DOULL THE DRUGGIST’S BOOK

…OR, HOW TO GET DRUNK AT THE PHARMACY WRITTEN BY JOHN MCKEE

3 Drachms (about 1/8 of an oz.) each of Chloroform, Tinctures Opii & Camphor and Aromatic Spirits of Ammonia mixed with 4 oz. of Brandy made an excellent Internal and External Pain Killer…. with the noted exception that the Miner’s Delight Pain Killer will be found far better.

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hen Courtney and I bought the building for our distillery, we also took possession of the records of the previous owners, The Pioneer Club of Butte. The Pioneers were an eclectic group; they allowed both sexes to participate (we found out later that made for better dances), they could trace their club lineage back to the founding of our town, and they had an amazing repository of records tracing back to their founding left behind in closets of our new building. It was in those records that we found the apothecary book of the local

FIGURE 1: Figure the Opium had as much effect as 4 oz. of Brandy!

Druggist, Doull Bros. Pharmacy, 938 N. Main St. Butte, MT. From somewhere in the late 1800’s through the 1920’s, one of the Doull brothers became a member of the Pioneers Club and donated his recipe book to the club at some point in that era. In the book, we were reminded that alcohol was a staple of medicine in the early days and this article is an homage to one of the legs our industry of distilling currently stand upon as part of our origin story. In Title 16 of the Montana Code, drafted after Prohibition to regulate the sale of alcohol in Montana, there are

FIGURE 2: The Doull Bros. Letterhead. School & Surgical supplies, Fine Confectionary & Trusses....the Walmart of the 1800's. WWW.ARTISANSPIRITMAG.COM  

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Artisan Spirit: Winter 2017  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Winter 2017  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.