About Wetstate

During Prohibition, there were wet states and there were dry states... Welcome to the wettest state in the union. 

Thank you for deciding to learn more about WETSTATE! While you’ll soon discover the meaning behind our name, I think it’s important for you to see the faces behind the brand…

You’re looking at it!  We’re the McKays – Cristina and Scott.

We are passionate about all things cocktails. While this may sound a bit silly, it’s just something we truly love. And, to be clear, it’s not all about the booze… It’s about the history, the hospitality, the flavors, the emotion, the ingredients, the art, and the evolution. We strive to inspire others to try new things while also bringing quality information to those who already have an appreciation for the craft.

Our goal is to break down the barriers and preconceived notions about cocktails… To keep things fun and lighthearted (no pretentiousness)… And to teach others that they too can create delicious craft cocktails while keeping a well-balanced lifestyle. All it take is a little time and a willingness to learn. We’re so happy you’ve joined us!

What do we mean by “wetstate”?

During the late 1800’s, there was a rising notion throughout the United States that the consumption of alcohol was an evil that needed to be eradicated.  This idea was driven by a variety of religious groups led primarily by The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. They considered “drunkenness” a threat to the nation. After years of lobbying and protesting, Congress ratified the 18th amendment in 1920 which prohibited the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors.

During this time, the states were divided in opinion. The wet states believed Prohibition would trigger increased illegal activity and that it would not truly end alcohol consumption. In fact, many of the wet states turned a blind eye to those who continued to consume alcohol (even though it was against federal law). Dry states on the other hand believed Prohibition was good for the American people and that it would yield less crime.

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) Prohibition failed to eliminate crime and other social issues. In contrast, it led to a rise in organized crime, especially in terms of bootlegging across state lines. Thus, after 13 long years, Congress repealed Prohibition with the 21st Amendment.

When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before.
– John D. Rockefeller, Jr

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