Evan Williams Is Owned By A Jewish Family
Though we believe a public statement by Evan Williams will benefit the company, you can’t help but notice the irony of the anti-semite who made the ad and is obviously pushing to sell a “Jewish Companys product.”
Evan Williams history,
Evan Williams, produced by Heaven Hill, was started by the Shapira family 80 years ago and still proudly owns it.
The family traces its modern history back to Max Shapira, who came over from Lithuania in the late 1800s. He was an itinerant peddler who sold a range of notions across the state—first from a backpack and then from a horse-drawn carriage.
Later, he was able to open a store, which led to a small chain of stores across Kentucky. His five sons helped him run the business, which, even during the Depression, turned a profit.
When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the family was approached by a group of investors looking to open a new distillery.
While the Shapira’s weren’t distillers, money was an even more important asset at the time, and they had the $15,000 to buy into the project. (To make the whisky, the company hired Harry Beam and later his cousin, Earl Beam. To this day, members of the Beam family, Craig and Parker Beam, are Heaven Hill’s master distillers.)
Many of the country’s distilleries fell into disrepair during Prohibition and had to be rebuilt from the ground up. But since the Depression continued on and banks were afraid of giving liquor companies loans, most distillers had to find another source of capital. That allowed investors like the Shapira’s to enter the whisky business.
However, it was far from a sure thing, considering that nobody knew if Prohibition would come back or how much people would drink without the allure of speakeasies.
But the Shapira’s were confident enough that they bought out their other partners after several years.
The family has not only helped slate the thirst of countless drinkers but helped preserve America’s distilling history and heritage during the dark ages of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s when few people were drinking the liquor. They kept producing their own whisky brands and also bought and kept in production other ones.
Hats off to this family!