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us in the building, it didn’t necessarily mean to some that the Druggist was your best bet! We’ve noted that in some of the recipes, a small distillation of the medicine is required to remove the “essential oils”, “a few drops per gallon” to make the mixture more palatable. Perhaps referring to heads-like compounds? All in all the archive of the book and related paperwork was north of 100 pages. The collection can now be seen at the Butte Silver Bow Archives and Artisan Spirit Magazine has an online site for you to check out at your convenience. Cheers.

John McKee, along with his wife Courtney, are the coowners of Headframe Spirits in Butte, MT. John and Courtney briefly considered opening a compounding pharmacy based on the recipes in Doull’s book, marketing true artisanal craft ibuprofen. But, alas, hooch was easier. For more information, email john@


FIGURE 6: The McKee credited for the art is of no relation to this author... but I sort of wish he was.


Artisan Spirit: Winter 2017  
Artisan Spirit: Winter 2017  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.